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.