Thursday, April 16, 2015

21st Annual Speed Street Festival reveals music lineup

The 600 Festival revealed the live music lineup for its annual three-night downtown Speed Street fan fest leading into the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24. 

Now called Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street Presented by Coca-Cola, Speed Street kicks off Thursday, May 23 with popular tribute bands Appetite For Destruction: The Ultimate Guns n' Roses Experience and Journey tribute Departure. The former is a seasoned Gn'R act whose lead singer looks and sounds like Axl Rose. The latter boasts a vocalist with stratospheric range on par with the real Journey's current lead singer. 

Friday offers country music fans a double header with Southern country-rockers Parmalee (pictured), who got its start in Parmele, NC near Greenville before heading to Nashville and Corey Smith, a live fixture in the Southeast for years. Smith signed with Sugar Hill Records in February and will release his tenth album, "While the Gettin' Is Good" this summer. 

Saturday, May 25 Craig Wayne Boyd and Dennis DeYoung will close out the festival. The seventh season winner of NBC's "The Voice" joins the co-founder of Styx. During his tenure in the band in the `70s and `80s, DeYoung wrote and performed classics like "Come Sail Away," "Babe," "Lady," and "Mr. Roboto."

Headliners begin at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

The Annual 600 Festival kicks off May 8 with over two weeks of free events throughout the area . Those include the "Movies on the Campus" screening of Disney's "Cars" in Kannapolis May 8; the Haulers on Union parade May 14; the Valvoline Little 600 May 19, which finds NASCAR drivers racing a fleet of GoPro Motorplex’s rental karts; and the inaugural PNC 5K run downtown Thursday morning at 8 a.m. followed by the Kids 600 Fun Run at 8:45. An awards celebration will follow the race on the Coca-Cola Stage at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  

The Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola also includes appearances by NASCAR drivers and celebrities and exhibits from sponsors. To find out more click here