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September 3rd, 2006

American Music Fest Virginia Beach, VA


No ticket or pamphlet


We went to American Music Fest September 2nd and 3rd, 2006.  This is an annual event which is free to the public.  Well, it's not totally free; you get to pay for parking.  Beware...this year we learned about two things:  one is metered parking can only last up to 3 hours; so you'll have to walk back to your car to put in another couple bucks.  This is bad considering you could be parked along 5th street area and have to walk as far as 31st street!.  So if you end up doing this cheaper option, take the trolley (you'll need a dollar each way for that). Or you can opt for the all night 10.00 parking that various people use (yeah, some scam they got going).  The other thing we learned was about towing!  No, we didn't get towed, but we saw a LOT of people being towed.  I saw maybe a dozen tow trucks in a short period of time.  So watch for those no parking signs; they mean business!  If you are using garage event parking, you will need to arrive two or more hours early; everything books up fast. This year, events were cancelled Friday night because of hurricane/tropical storm Ernesto.  So KC and the Sunshine Band, Gloria Gaynor, Sister Sledge and Tavares were cancelled. There were MANY bands each day.  We only saw four of them.  This night we saw Gatorhead and Blue Oyster Cult.  The next night we saw Adelyn and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.  I didn't mind Adelyn's music (it's really for a younger generation I guess); I mean I am a rocker at heart.  But the one thing was that all their stuff sounded too much the same.  All the tempos were the same.  They had NO softer songs or anything that didn't involve screaming.


 1) Guitarist 2) The band 3) Drummer and other guitar player 4) The Hilton; one of the hotels along the beach and across from the stage 5) The lead singer


Links that might be interesting (some of the bands that played):

Blue Oyster Cult

Gloria Gaynor

KC and the Sunshine Band



Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Kool and the Gang

Three Doors Down

Better than Ezra


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