Runs Aug. 29 to Sept. 2 At The Oceanfront

The 26th Annual Chartway Federal Credit Union American Music Festival will feature four major headline bands on the oceanfront 5th Street Beach Main Stage Aug. 30, 31, and Sept. 1.  Lee Brice, 311, Live and Dashboard Confessional will perform a wide range of world-class music from country to alternative to modern rock.


“We’re proud to serve as the title sponsor of the American Music Festival for the second consecutive year,” said Brian Schools, president & CEO of Chartway Federal Credit Union. “At Chartway, making a meaningful impact in our hometowns is core to who we are. We want to make every community in which we live and serve better, which is why beyond raising money to provide charitable grants through our We Promise Foundation, it’s a privilege for us to sponsor events like the American Music Festival.”


Headline concerts on the 5th Street Beach Main Stage are:


Friday, Aug. 30:   With more than 12 million in RIAA certified sales, Lee Brice has achieved Gold (500,000 sold) and Platinum (1,000,000 sold) status on every album and single released, with “A Woman Like You” reaching Double Platinum (2,000,000) status.


Gold album certifications include: “Love Like Crazy,” “Hard2Love” and “I Don’t Dance.” Single certifications include “I Don’t Dance” and “A Woman Like You,” with “That Don’t Sound Like You” reaching Double Platinum. With well over 2,000,000,000 (two billion) spins on Pandora, Lee Brice was inducted into the streaming service’s ‘Billionaires Club’ on June 8, 2018.


Lee is a Grammy Award nominee, a CMA nominee and a double ACM award winner. He’s taken five radio singles to #1: “A Woman Like You,” “Hard To Love,” “I Drive Your Truck,” “I Don’t Dance,” and “Drinking Class.” Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and others have recorded his songs, and he’s performed on TV shows including NBC’s Today, ABC’s The Bachelor, NBC’s The Voice and FOX’s Miss USA 2018.


William Michael Morgan opens the set. He’s a celebrated country music singer in the style of legends like George StraitTracy Lawrence and more. “I Met a Girl” (written by Sam Hunt) was a Top 5 hit from his “Vinyl album. The album produced one more Top 40 single, “Missing.”


Tenille Arts is the supporting act. In 2018, Tenille took home all five of the Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards for which she was nominated: “Female Artist of the Year,” “Songwriter of the Year,” “Album or EP of the Year,” “Video of the Year,” and “Single of the Year.”  Her second appearance singing “I Hate This” on The Bachelor launched the song to #1 on both the U.S. and Canadian iTunes Country Charts and #9 U.S. iTunes all-genre. The appearance also propelled her 2017 “Rebel Child” album to re-enter the iTunes Country Albums chart at #5. “I Hate This” topped the Radio Disney Country Top 50 chart, the music video surpassed 1.2 million views on YouTube, and her overall streams exceed eight million.


The show begins at 6:30 p.m., and gates open at 5 p.m.



Saturday, Aug. 31: 311 is familiar with American Music Festival, having been scheduled as headliners in both 2016 and 2017. 311 brings its unique and trademark blend of rock, rap, funk and reggae. 311 has developed a reputation as one of the most entertaining & dynamic live bands on tour.  With sales of almost ten million records in the U.S., their last ten albums reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Sales Chart, and nine of their singles have reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Alternative Radio Chart (including three #1 singles “Down,” “Love Song” and “Don’t Tread On Me” Top 10 songs are  “Amber,” “All Mixed Up,” “Come Original,” “Creatures For Awhile,” “Hey You” and “Sunset in July.” 311’s 13th studio album, “VOYAGER,” will be released on June 28.


Nashville’s Moon Taxi opens the set. Their smash single “Two High,” catapulted them to the top of the streaming charts and the forefront of the national stage. Filled with emotive vocals, a percussive beat and some unexpected, infectious horns, it’s a track that shows the band – which has been together a decade – topping over 60 million streams on Spotify and making heavy rotation on SiriusXM.  But it’s their infectious live performances that keep fans coming back night after night. Touring for the better part of the decade, they’re the kind of band that inspires a loyal following willing to travel long distances to catch them live.


Buddha Council originally began in Virginia Beach as a reggae think-tank comprised of members from other local bands and found footing in their own unique take on Future Roots music. The band’s music has evolved into a perfect balance, continually pushing genre boundaries while simultaneously rediscovering forgotten rhythms of reggae’s yesteryear.


The show begins at 6:30 p.m., and gates open at 5 p.m.



Sunday, Sept. 1:  Live has sold more than 22 million albums worldwide, including two #1 albums. “Throwing Copper” reached sales of ten million albums and “Secret Samadhi” immediately readhed the top of the charts.  Their catalog includes classics “Lightning Crashes,” “I Alone,” “All Over You,” and “Lakini’s Juice.” The band’s biggest single, “Lightning Crashes,” was #1 at Modern Rock radio for ten consecutive weeks


The release of the Platinum-selling “The Distance to Here” turned LIVE into an international powerhouse and moved the band from arenas into stadiums.


Dashboard Confessional’s singer/songwriter Christopher Carrabba became the poster boy for a new generation of emo fans in the early 2000s, having left behind his former band (the post-hardcore Christian outfit Further Seems Forever) to concentrate on vulnerable, introspective solo musings. Armed with an acoustic guitar and soul-baring song lyrics, he christened his new project Dashboard Confessional — named after a lyric in “The Sharp Hint of New Tears” — and began releasing material in 2000. By 2001’s The Place You Have Come to Fear the Most,” Dashboard Confessional had evolved into a full-fledged band, but Carrabba nevertheless remained the focal point of both the group and the rejuvenated emo genre.


Over the years, Dashboard Confessional has made it enviable to bare your soul in a song and to be unashamed of any feelings that may arrive. Chris and his fellow musicians have found a new perspective on the world in these songs, one that only comes with more life experience, but those exposed emotions remain.


The Chong Band is based in Virginia Beach and one of the most well-known and respected artists in the regional. Jesse performs with a variety of area musicians known as the “Chong Band.” Known for musical versatility and genre blending, one night the band can be a reggae band and a rock or funk act the next.


The show begins at 6:30 p.m., and gates open at 5 p.m.



Other stages and bands are:


Thursday, Aug. 29


31st Street Free Stage


Cracker has been described as a lot of sounds: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country, and have even had the terms punk and classic-rock thrown at them. But more than anything Cracker are survivors. Co-founders David Lowery and Johnny Hickman have been at it for 25 years amassing ten studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, and hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe.


Camper Van Beethoven is an American rock band formed in 1983. Their style mixes elements of popskapunk rockfolkalternative country, and world music. The band’s wide acceptance and international audience has been earned via strong iconoclasm and emphasis on do-it-yourself values.


The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and gates open at 6:30 p.m.  









Friday, Aug. 30


17th Street Free Stage


The Fuzz Band is a Hampton band performing a fusion of Urban and Rock genres.  The band has won multiple awards as Best R&B, Best Live Performer, and Best Song & Album recipients.  Nationally, The Fuzz was featured in the Hollywood Issue of Black Enterprise Magazine and has received nods in Rolling Stone and in Spin Magazine for their Chrysler Jeep Campaign. Most recently, The Fuzz Band was a featured headliner at the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City.


The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and gates open at 6:30 p.m.  



24th Street Free Stage


Larkin Poe is composed of Rebecca and Megan Lovell, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist sisters creating their own brand of Roots Rock ‘n’ Roll: gritty, soulful, and flavored by their southern heritage. The band’s name references their family’s history and connection to tortured artist and creative genius Edgar Allan Poe, their great-great-great grandfather. The sisters say, “There’ve been a lot of creative, hotheaded, mentally unstable branches in our family tree. Growing up in the midst of their crazy stories has definitely shaded our perception of normal. As artists, I think some of those eccentricities, passed down from generation to generation, have been even further exaggerated in us!”


Fox and the Bear is a VEER award winning, unique indie alternative folk sister duo from Virginia Beach. The multi-instrumentalist sisters have a contagious authenticity that’s woven in the ethereal harmonies, and resonating stories of their music, while creating depth and substance with their cocktail of instruments, including a kick-drum made from their great grandmother’s suitcase.


Roy Moats and the Moat Dogs is a Newport News is a father-son act that often adds numerous local musicians to the live show. Their music is a blend of folks, pop, indie and rock ‘n’ roll.  


Bobby “Blackhat” Walters is a Newport News award-winning recording artist, harmonica player, vocalist, songwriter, comedian, and producer. He’s been playing harp for 40 years.  Bobby is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander with 27 years of distinguished service which included serving as Military Aide to the President and being awarded the Coast Guard Medal for Heroism.  He is the 2019 VEER Music Award “Best Blues Band, ” 2017 USAA/We Are The Mighty Nationwide Competition. 2017 Featured Artist 50th Anniversary Hampton Jazz Festival, 2017 Selected for the VCA Touring Artists Directory, 2017 Academia Music Award “Best Blues Album,” 2016 Finalist International Blues Challenge, 2016 Blewzzy Award, “Song of the Year,” 2016 VEER Music Award, “Song of the Year,” 2016 VEER Music Award, “Best Blues Band,” 2015 Semifinalist International Blues Challenge and 2012 Blewzzy Award, “Song of the Year.”


The show begins at 3:30 p.m., and gates open at 2:30 p.m








31st Street Free Stage


Pain In The Yeahs is the New Wave/Post Punk duo of James Wagner and Bobby Phillips from Chesapeake. The band sometimes performs as a trio and a quartet to expand their synthed-out rock ‘n’ roll sounds.


The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and gates open at 6:30 p.m.  




Saturday, Aug. 31


17th Street Free Stage


The Blind Boys Of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans 70 years. The Blind Boys cross musical boundaries with remarkable interpretations ranging from traditional gospel to contemporary spiritual material by songwriters such as Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. They’ve recorded with Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Susan Tedeschi, Ben Harper, Patty Griffin and Taj Mahal.


Roebuck, after years in Hampton Roads honing his abilities busking and touring, Phillip Roebuck (who was known for his raucous one-man band) found new musical inspiration by teaming up with his wife Phoenix on upright bass. Phillip on resonator guitar, kick-drum and stomp board, and Phoenix adding vocals & low end, created Roebuck, the husband & wife three-piece duo.


The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and gates open at 6:30 p.m.  



24th Street Free Stage


The Last Bison’s mountain-top chamber music combines elements of alternative indie-folk with classical sensibilities, bringing a fresh inspiring sound to the folk genre. The music of this seven-member Norfolk band grew organically in the family living room and around backyard bonfires giving it a rootsy quality and yet the complex arrangements and refined strings seem just as appropriate in the symphony hall.


Paper Aliens is a soulful quartet from Virginia Beach playing spacey funk-rock fusion through soaring vocal lines, sweet guitar licks, a thumpin’ rhythm section, and some serious chops on the keys.


mOcean is a Virginia Beach and Chesapeake Rock trio that plays everything from hard rock to country. Their influences range from Foo Fighters, Silversun Pickups, Kings of Leon, Nirvana, and Smashing Pumpkins.


The show begins at 3:30 p.m., and gates open at 2:30 p.m.  






31st Street Free Stage


Freedom Hawk emanates from the barrier dunes of Virginia. The trio’s heavy riffs, rolling groove, and soulful guitar melodies produce a sound distinctly their own, capitalizing on the best of the heavy ‘70s, but presenting a fuzzy take that’s modern and based around quality songwriting rather than style-over-substance retro posturing.


The show begins at 9:15 p.m., and gates open at 6:30 p.m.  

Sunday, Sept. 1

17th Street Free Stage

Brasswind brings back the classic horn band sound and look that’s been missing for quite some time. The Tower of Power, Chicago, Earth, Wind, & Fire, James Brown, The Temptations, Buddy Miles, and Michael Jackson are among the band’s influences. Brasswind specializes in executing high-quality vocals and very energized instrumental displays and recreating the classic horn-band sound of our yesteryear.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and gates open at 6:30 p.m.  


24th Street Free Stage

Parmalee is brothers Matt and Scott Thomas (lead vocals and drums), cousin Barry Knox (bass) and their best friend Josh McSwain (lead guitar), Parmalee are the quintessential American Country band. Named after the small town where the band started, Parmele, N.C. (population 278), the chart-topping quartet pays to tribute their humble Carolina upbringings with their name and their sound.

Revelry is a local band playing American country music. Founded by Austin Ferguson, Brian Baker, Jake Caburian, Wade Lafranca, James Cartwright and Jamie Lewis the members were raised on a diet of southern rock, country, and blues.

Backwoods Company of Chesapeake is a quartet that’s taken their unique musical influences and blended them into a musical style all their own, which is, a cross of the more edgy rock side of Country (Jason Andean, Eric Church) and the more Country Side of Southern Rock (The Cadillac 3, Blackberry Smoke) and combined it with their Hard Rock influences to make a brand all their own of which they affectionately call “Tractor Metal.”

Runnin’ Shine is VEER’s 2019 Winner for Country Artist of the Year. The band mixes Blink 182, Black Sabbath, and Eminem into country songs. They play originals that people can sing along to before the song is even over and are known for dancing skills as well as versatile musical backgrounds.

The show begins at 3:30 p.m., and gates open at 2:30 p.m.  


31st Street Free Stage

Guava Jam is one of the region’s favorite acts. The band is a fun and energetic group that plays a variety of music from the 70’s to current rock, country, adult contemporary and dance.  

The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and gates open at 6:30 p.m.  


Monday, Sept. 2

31st Street Free Stage

Vertical Horizon  was formed at Georgetown University in DC in 1990. The rock band is best known for the hit single, “Everything You Want.” Their most recent album is “The Lost Mile.”  With their smooth rock tunes gracing airwaves all over the U.S., Vertical Horizon are at their peak, and in demand everywhere.

Turncoat Syndicate is a Norfolk quartet that plays and records original alternative rock ‘n’ roll. Their sound combines crashing waves of guitar, driving rhythms, and soaring vocals, drawing inspiration from 90’s era alternative rock with a modern interpretation.

The show begins at 3 p.m., and gates open at 2 p.m.  

American Music Festival admission is free to 17th Street Stage, 24th Street Stage and 31st Street Stage. 5th Street Beach Main Stage admission prices are:

General Admission 3-day Pass

– $25 early bird

– $50 available until August 25

– $75 beginning August 26

– General Admission 3-day pass is available at Service fees apply. GA 3-day pass also is available with cash or check only at Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center, 2100 Parks Avenue, Virginia Beach (757-385-7873) daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Service fee applies. GA 3-day Pass is available on Friday and Saturday at the 6th Street Box Office.

General Admission Daily Ticket

– $25 in advance until August 25

– $30 beginning August 26 until day of show

– $40 day of show

Preferred Viewing ticket upgrade includes:

  • Special standing-room-only viewing area in front of the stage (no chairs allowed)
  • Access to preferred area port-a-johns
  • Access to preferred area beer and wine concession (cash bar)
  • Limited number of Preferred Viewing tickets are available and may sell out

Preferred Viewing 3-day Pass

– $100 early bird

– $125 until August 25

– $150 beginning August 26 until day of show                                                                  

– Preferred Viewing 3-day pass is available in advance exclusively at Service fees apply. Preferred Viewing 3-day Pass is available on Friday and Saturday at the 6th Street Box Office.

Preferred Viewing daily ticket

– $50 early bird

– $60 until August 25

– $75 beginning August 26 until day of show

– $75 day of show

VIP ticket upgrade amenities:

  • Special standing-room-only viewing area in front of the stage (no chairs allowed)
  • Back of House Access to VIP area with shade tents, seating and video screen with live feed of 5th Street Stage
  • Upgraded bar menu with two drink tickets per day (cash bar)
  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres
  • Limited number of VIP tickets are available and may sell out

VIP 3-day Pass

– $250 early bird

– $300 in advance until August 25

– $350 beginning August 26 until day of show                                                                  

– VIP 3-day pass is available exclusively at Service fees apply.

VIP daily ticket

– $100 early bird

– $150 in advance until August 25

– $200 beginning August 26 until day of show

– $200 day of show

– Preferred Viewing Daily Ticket is available in advance exclusively at Service fees apply. Preferred Viewing Daily Ticket is available on the day of the performance exclusively at the 6th Street Box Office.

There is a limit of eight tickets per purchase, and all tickets are subject to availability.

The 5th Street Beach Main Stage gate opens at 5 p.m. Free shows in the 17th Street and 31st Street Park gates open at 6:30 p.m., except Monday at 2 p.m.  Free shows in the 24th Street Park gates open at 2:30 p.m..

American Music Festival is held outdoors rain or shine. The Festival may be suspended or postponed due to severe weather or in case of severe weather forecast.

No alcohol or glass may be brought into the Festival.

Everyone must be older than 21 with a valid photo ID to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages.

No animals are allowed inside Festival performance areas. Service Animals are permitted.

For the safety of all, Event Security may screen persons entering the Festival.

The 26th American Music Festival is sponsored by Chartway Federal Credit Union, JES, DRI, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Hoffman Beverage, Devil’s Backbone, Starr Hill, Woodbridge, Crafters, GEICO, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Ocean Storage, Oceanfront Inn, City of Virginia Beach and IMGoing.

The 26th Chartway FCU American Music Festival is produced by IMGoing. For additional and current information, go online to