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2004 Pamphlet

 

Labor Day Weekend, Annually  2004

 American Music Festival Virginia Beach, VA

 

Below left to right: Beach, Crowd gathering, thousands in the crowd by nightfall and backstage. Miscellaneous information: things to do at the beach besides swimming (not allowed this day because of riptides), roller skate/blade rental, bicycle rentals, there is buses/shuttles available at this specific event annually (satellite parking in 2004 was $7 but buses took you to and from the event so you didn't have to hunt for parking). There's a small carnival on the boardwalk, there are a couple 'adventures' in buildings along the strip like a haunted house, there is plenty of restaurants and seafood, arcades, tattoo places, oxygen bars, shops, hotels, mini golf, boating, fishing, bars/clubs and I even saw Tarot/palm readers, shopping, and people watching. Trolleys at various stops along the strips run $1 each time but you can get a transfer to go back if you ask for it.  Things to bring: Sunglasses, suntan lotion, comfortable clothes and shoes, plenty of cash, towel and umbrella. The main draw are the music events. Most are free, but main bands do cost a little; but the price is very reasonable. Usually $8.00-$15.00 each day for the 2 bands playing the evening show on the 5th street stage.  Or you can get a "Passport" pin for $20 which covers all the bands all the days.  Don't ask me how to get VIP tickets.  You either must be related or know the band or be a receiver of that gift from a major corporate sponsor. See photos of some of the bands in the Concerts area of the site.  You'll see photos, autographs and ticket stubs (for costs and locations/times and idea of what sorts of bands play). The American Music Fest is the largest concert series on the East Coast annually.

 

 

Left to Right: 1) A look at the beach 2) Hotels and crowds ready for a concert 3) The Massive Crowd (thousands) 4) VIP tent where we got food and drinks free backstage of the B-52's

 


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2007 Pamphlet

 

Labor Day Weekend, Annually 2007

 American Music Festival Virginia Beach, VA

 

 We've gone annually to this event but didn't update for a couple years because we made individual pages for all the groups we've seen.  Such bands included Survivor, REO Speedwagon, Little River Band, Adelyn, B-52's, Blue Oyster Cult, Gatorhead, Grant Austin Taylor, Joan Jett, War, and the Steve Miller Band. 

 

Left to Right: 2007 photos: 1) Sign 1) Crowd 3) Crowd 4) Stage (5th Street)

 


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No pamphlets or tickets

 

Labor Day Weekend, Annually 2008

 American Music Festival Virginia Beach, VA

 

We went to the Music Fest again in 2008  (also 2005, 2006 and 2007) but we didn't bother making pages because I made individual pages for the concerts we saw.  Each time we go, we find a couple new photos.  Next time I'll try to get more stuff like carnival rides and shops etc.  This is a free and ticketless event. Only bands are for alcohol consumption. They have pamphlets, but I don't always remember to get one and didn't this time. ;(

 

Left to Right: Some stuff you might see at the beach while strolling: 1) Flock of seagulls (sculpture) 2) a musician singing/playing guitar on a hotel back patio where patrons are eating 3) A Dolphin Sculpture 4) A Spooky Manor

 


American Music Festival

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No pamphlets or tickets

 

Labor Day Weekend, Annually 2010

 American Music Festival Virginia Beach, VA

 

We went to the Music Fest again in 2010  (also 2009-2008) not sure we went in 2009~  I think we chose not to go. I can't remember! We didn't bother making pages for a couple of the years because I made individual pages for the concerts we saw.  Each time we go, we find a couple new photos.   This is a free and ticketless event. Only bands are for alcohol consumption. They have pamphlets, but I don't always remember to get one and didn't this time. ;( This year we went to see Pat Benetar, REO Speedwagon and Heart. While there, we saw a couple other bands who I don't remember who they are and before the show they put on stage the winners of the Rock and Roll Half Marathon, which is an annual event in conjunction with American Music Festival.  Winners this year were: Kenyaís Yusuf Songoka won in 1:02:46. This marks the sixth time Songoka has run Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach, but his first win. Patrick Ivuti, also of Kenya, ended up in second in 1:02:51 and Tesfiye Sendeku of Ethiopia was third in 1:03:09. 
Japanís Madoka Ogi won the woman's division in 1:14:17. She is the first Japanese runner to ever take the top spot at Virginia Beach. New Zealandís Fiona Docherty was second in 1:15:39 and Lyubov Denisova of Russia was third in 1:16:45. Olympic gold medalist Constantina Dita came in as a pre-race favorite, but ended up in fourth in 1:17:20.

Left to Right: 1) Rock and Roll Half Marathon Winners (I don't know who is who, but see above for list of winners) 2) more Winners from the Rock and Roll Half Marton and 3) Still more of the top winners of the Rock and Roll Half Marathon 4) Crowd shot 5) another crew shot

 


 

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