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September 2nd, 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 night we saw Adelyn and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.  I tried for Joan's autograph, but she wasn't having it; she didn't look at anyone at all.  She grabbed a quick couple drags on a cig and made the way into the unmarked van without glancing and as she and the band passed by, she looked (as did they) straight ahead ignoring everyone.  Even though I think there were three people total, including me with something to sign.  I guess too many were around hanging on the gate there.  Plus it was late.  She was pretty sweaty; probably tired... after all, she's no spring chicken.


 1) Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 2) The band 3) The Band again 4) The Drummer 5) Joan Close up and the Drummer


1) Guitarist 2) Joan Singing 3) Joan smiling 4) Joan Close up 5) Second Guitarist


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

Blue Oyster Cult


Gloria Gaynor

KC and the Sunshine Band



Kool and the Gang

Three Doors Down

Better than Ezra


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