Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Food Lion Speed Street festival reveals closing night line-up

Food Lion Speed Street, the annual 17-year-old uptown festival that leads up to the Coca-Cola 600, revealed its closing night line-up today. The bill for Saturday, May 28th, the night before the big race, will feature headliners Eddie Money and Clay Walker with Starship kicking off the concert earlier. It was announced last week that Friday's performers will be power rock trio Everclear and country singer Josh Turner. Both Everclear and Turner were on the 2010 line-up, but both shows were rained out so organizers brought them back this year.

Money had an impressively long run of hits during the `70s and `80s including "Baby Hold On," "Two Tickets to Paradise," "Shakin'," "Take Me Home Tonight" and "I Wanna Go Back."

The latest incarnation of Starship features Mickey Thomas, the voice behind the group's massive `80's hits "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" (from the "Mannequin" soundtrack,) "We Built This City" and "Sara." Thomas had already earned a Top 5 hit singing lead on Elvin Bishop's "Fooled Around and Fell In Love" in the `70s before joining the group that evolved from Jefferson Starship. The set will feature singles by both Starships and feature new female vocalist Stephanie Calvert.

Walker, who broke onto the country scene nearly two decades ago with "What's It To You," has had 31 Billboard charting singles. His number ones include "Live Until I Die," "If I Could Make a Living," "Dreaming with My Eyes Open," and "Rumor Has It." His more recent hits are "Fall" and "She Won't Be Lonely Long."

Food Lion Speed Street combines NASCAR fan events and live music. It takes place over three days in uptown Charlotte between May 26 and 28th and is free to the public. The festival begins each day at 12 p.m. Thursday's line-up will be revealed next week. Click here for a complete line-up of Speed Street events.


  1. Everclear and Josh Turner were the Friday night acts last year. They have not announced the performers for Friday night 2011.

  2. Anonymous @ 12:00PM...Did you read the article? It said that Friday's acts are Everclear and Josh Turner.

  3. Does this paper EVER use an editor for anything it prints? It seems they need to get their contributors to proofread their stories, or at least research their information better before posting them. The performer mentioned here is named ELVIN Bishop...Elvis has been dead for 3+ decades now. Here's your proof Courtney...
    Given the proximity of the "s" and "n" keys on any keyboard it seems pretty unlikely this was a typo. Proofread people!
    Happy Wednesday

  4. @anonymous at 1:43 p.m. Thanks for the heads up. Yes, it's a typo. Fixed now.

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  6. this festival has really gone downhill. I remember we used to get at least 3-4 rock acts, now its 1 act a night and all country

  7. @Courtney - Thank you for this article, even though it looks like a few of these folks have nothing better to do, but to make negative comments. The majority of the readers are glad that you are keeping us up on the events around Charlotte...Thanks..