Thursday, May 10, 2012

Speed Street solidifies lineup

The 18th Annual Food Lion Speed Street Festival, which kicks off Thursday May 24, revealed its full lineup of headlining artists earlier this week. As previously announced R&B artist Evelyn "Champagne" King and `80s funk/R&B unit Midnight Star will perform on the Coca-Cola Stage while Easton Corbin rouses country fans on the Miller Lite Stage Thursday, May 24.

Justin Moore and Halestorm (pictured) headline those respective stages Friday night, May 25. Pennsylvania female fronted hard rock band, Halestorm, recently received stellar reviews for it's performance at the Carolina Rebellion festival in Rockingham last weekend.

Saturday Loverboy and Night Ranger bring `80s rock nostalgia to closing night of the festival. They play the Coca-Cola Stage. "American Idol" Season Nine's third place finalist Casey James will open for returning Speed Street entertainer Clay Walker on the Miller Lite Stage Saturday as well.

In 2011 an estimated 400,000 made their way to uptown Charlotte for the free race week festival. Activities are planned throughout the day and include NASCAR driver meet and greets, giveaways, and live music and entertainment from regional and national artists. The entire schedule and entertainment lineup should be available the week of the festival at

Food Lion Speed Street takes place in uptown Charlotte along Tryon St. and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, between the Bank of America Corporate Center and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Gates open at noon and close at 11 p.m.