The Old Town Association of Rock Hill wants to get people moving and grooving at this year's Amphitheater Concert Series.
This year's lineup includes Southern Rock's Finest, The Atlanta Party Band and The Charlie Daniels Band.
2011 will mark the second full year for the Old Town Amphitheater Concert Series, said Candy Clapp, Old Town festivals and events manager.
The amphitheater had been designed and built, but nobody was using it, she said, until three years ago when they added more risers. It can now seat 1,200 people and is one of the biggest facilities in York County.
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Funded through a hospitality tax, the concert series last year had an economic impact of $100,000, said Tracey Evans, president of the Old Town Association. The goal, Evans said, is to one day have the series support itself.
Last year's series also saw visitors from 10 different states and 53 cities.
"We want to bring people downtown so that when they enjoy it, they'll come back and see how special it really is," Evans said. "We want to really create a downtown where people want to come and support the businesses and restaurants."
Sponsors for this year include Toyota-Scion of Rock Hill, Piedmont Medical Center and B&B Distributors. Corporate tents are available.
Here's a closer look at what's in store:
Southern Rock's Finest
When: May 14. Gates open at 6 p.m. The Heavy Sandwich performs at 7 p.m., followed by Southern Rock's Finest at 8 p.m.
Ticket Price: Advance general admission, $15; premium, $20. To be held rain or shine with no refunds.
Southern Rock's Finest is an all-star band consisting of former members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band, The Outlaws, Blackfoot, The Marshall Tucker Band and Pure Prairie League. This performance brings southern rock to Old Town performed by the original artists who made southern rock explode. Southern Rock's Finest plays hit songs from their past bands, like "Free Bird," "Midnight Rider" and "Statesboro Blues."
The Atlanta Party Band
When: At Red, White & BOOM! on July 3
Event Starts: 5:30 p.m. with an opening act (the winner of the Battle of the Bands contest), followed by the Atlanta Party Band at 6 p.m. Fireworks are at 10 p.m.
The Atlanta Party Band has performed extensively in Asia and Europe and has toured with renowned performers such as Tommy Paige, The Time, Stevie Wonder, Cameo, Jodece, KC & Jo-Jo and P-Diddy. Their music features all the decades from the swing era to today's hottest hits, with special emphasis on the great party music of Motown, the '70s and '80s.
The Charlie Daniels Band
When: Aug. 11
Event Starts: Gates open at 6 p.m. Opening act is at 7 p.m. followed by the band at 8 p.m.
Ticket Price: Advance general admission, $35; premium, $45
Rain location: Baxter Hood Center, 452 South Anderson Road. Rain plan will be determined by noon Aug. 10.
Born in Wilmington, N.C., Charlie Daniels, the son of a lumberjack, is a Southerner by birth. His music - rock, country, bluegrass, blues, gospel - is quintessentially southern. Following the release of his hit song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which became a platinum single and topped both country and pop charts, Charlie Daniels went on to win a Grammy award and became an international phenomenon. The song became a cornerstone of the movie "Urban Cowboy," which earned him even more awards.
Concert tickets can be purchased at www.onlyinoldtown.com in advance or at the gate. For more information about the Old Town Amphitheater Concert Series, party tents rentals, or Old Town festivals and events, contact Candy Clapp at 803-329-8756.