This weekend more than 30,000 athletes, adventure seekers, music lovers, and craft beer enthusiasts will converge in Roanoke’s River’s Edge Park for the 6th Annual Anthem Go Outside Festival, which kicks off Friday night and runs through Sunday, Oct. 14 – 16, highlighting the best of our region’s outdoor recreational activities.
This year, the festival is going even bigger with a new partnership to make live music more of an integral part of the offerings. The creators of the event, the Roanoke Regional Partnership and Roanoke City Parks and Rec, have teamed up with the annual producers of FloydFest, Across the Way Productions, to bring in top-quality musical acts. While all music is still free to festival goers, this year’s Go Fest music lineup will be the best yet.
The music starts at 7:00 on Friday night with live tunes by Uncle John and Friends, led by local musician John McBroom. Then on Saturday, the Cox music main stage features back-to-back shows by the FloydFest On the Rise winners, Urban Soil and Rebekah Todd and the Odyssey, two North Carolina Americana soul bands. Rock reggae group Dale and the Z Dubs play another 45-minute set before the main headliner, instrumental funk band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, takes the stage at 9:00. Denson, a master saxophonist has toured with the likes of Lenny Kravitz, the Rolling Stones, and acid jazz DJ Greyboy.