Dave Matthews (L) and Sting (Getty Images)
ATLANTA -- The NCAA, Capitol One and Turner Live Events has announced the lineup for the 2013 NCAA Big Dance Concert Series, a three-day free music festival at Centennial Olympic Park on April 5-7.
Headlining the concert series is the Dave Matthews Band, Sting and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals on Sunday, April 7. On Saturday, April 6, Muse will take the stage, along with Flo Rida, Ludacris, and chart-toppers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Friday, April 5, you can see Zac Brown Band, My Morning Jacket and Saints of Valory.
The Dave Matthews Band's latest album, Away From The World entered the Billboard 200 chart at Number 1 last September. This winter, the band has appeared at the Sundance Film Festival and the Winter X Games. They're looking forward to an appearance in late April at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Sting comes back to America on his extended Back to Bass Tour after a swing through Europe, Asia and the Middle East over the past year. This marks the first of two scheduled appearances in Metro Atlanta this year for Sting -- the second will be at Chastain Park Amphitheater on June 10.
"Capital One is excited to bring two giant names in music to Atlanta during the Final Four," said Roger Ferguson, Managing Vice President, Advertising and Sponsorships at Capital One. "Dave Matthews Band continues to produce chart topping music and, with deep roots in the South, is sure to be a big crowd pleaser in Atlanta. Sting is well-known around the world for his numerous hits and his enduring influence on popular music. It doesn't get any bigger than this."
Vermont-based Grace Potter & The Nocturnals has had a solid release with last year's The Lion The Beast The Beat, and is coming back to the U.S. after spending much of March on concert dates in Europe and Australia. After their appearance in Atlanta and a date on April 9 in Evans, GA, near Augusta, the group begins a summer road tour in late May in Austin.
Saturday night's headliners Muse, are in the midst of an American concert swing that includes March dates in Dallas, Phoenix and Las Vegas, along with follow-up April dates in Toronto. Muse's latest CD, The 2nd Law, was released late last year to critical and chart-topping praise all over the world. The newest single from that album, Supremacy, was released on February 25.
Flo Rida has already picked up a Peoples Choice Award nomination as favorite hip-hop artist, an NRJ Music Award nomination as international male artist of the year and a Grammy win for best collaboration for Wild Ones, and the year is still very young.
Atlanta's own Ludacris is getting ready to release his new album, Ludaversal during the first quarter of 2013.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are coming off of an appearance on Saturday Night Live last week, and are celebrating the chart-topping success of Thrift Shop and their album The Heist.
Atlanta's Zac Brown Band also picked up a Grammy this year for best country album, Uncaged, and they're also looking at nominations for top vocal group and music video of the year (The Wind) at the upcoming ACM Awards.
Last year's NCAA Big Dance Concert Series was released in New Orleans featured headliners Jimmy Buffett, KISS and The Black Keys and attracted more than 140,000 fans over the Final Four Weekend.
"The Big Dance Concert Series has grown in popularity each year, and I want to take this opportunity to thank our corporate champion Capital One for its support in bringing great musical acts to Atlanta this year," said Mark Lewis, NCAA executive vice president for championships and alliances. "The Big Dance is free to the public which enables everyone the opportunity to enjoy the Final Four weekend excitement regardless of whether or not they have a ticket for the games. We hope everyone comes out and enjoys a great Final Four weekend at Centennial Olympic Park."