HAMPTON — The Downtown Hampton Development Partnership released the schedule for this summer's Downtown Hampton Block Party concert series, and once again it combines national and regional acts that will provide free shows from early May until late August.
A few dates have yet to be confirmed, but at this point the series includes performances by national acts such as the Smithereens and "Nashville" star Jonathan Jackson, as well as the current touring lineup of the legendary Motown vocal group the Temptations. Top local acts on the schedule include Roosterfoot, Slapnation and the popular cover band Deloreans.
"We're just really excited about this year's lineup," said Debra Freeman, director of communications and marketing for Downtown Hampton Development Partnership. "We've got some great national acts, including Junkyard Band, which is different because I don't think we've ever had a go-go band here before."
The block party takes place Saturday nights beginning at 6 p.m. Unless otherwise noted in the schedule, the stage and audience area are set up along Queens Way in downtown Hampton, with local vendors lining the grounds. All shows are free.
The concert series is in its 21st year and has become a popular event drawing customers to downtown Hampton businesses.
"Even if they don't know who is scheduled, people know that in the summer you can come to downtown Hampton on a Saturday night," Freeman said. "You can come every weekend and never hear the exact same kind of music twice. It's become a very special event around here."
This summer's lineup is:
May 7: The Soul Rebel Brass Band, with special guest
May 14: Chesapeake Reggae Fest at Mill Point Park, featuring The Meditations, Kevin Isaacs and more
May 21: Slapnation
May 28: To be announced
June 4: Buckshot performs as part of the Blackbeard Pirate Festival
June 11: To be announced
June 18: The Temptations at Mill Point Park, presented by Whisper Concerts
June 25: Jonathan Jackson and Enation with the Beat Root Revival and special guest
July 2: The Deloreans
July 9: Roosterfoot with special guest
July 16: Smithereens
July 23: Tinsley Ellis, with Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos
July 30: Tidewater Drive Band
Aug. 6: Randall Bramblett with special guest
Aug. 13: Party Fins (Jimmy Buffett tribute act)
Aug. 20: Junk Yard Band
Aug. 27: Drivin' and Cryin' with the Shifty South and special guest