Headliner Act at the Toyota Rock 'n' Roll Concert Series

Get ready to ROCK in Raleigh! Introducing Cracker as the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series headliner at the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & 1/2 Marathon!

After you run the streets of Raleigh, join Cracker at the Finish Line Festival in Red Hat Amphitheater!



Health & Fitness Expo – Saturday, April 1, 2017
Live bands outside of the Convention Center

Will McBride Band – 10:00am
Your Mama’s New Favorite Band – 11:45am
Triple Wide – 1:30pm
Down By Five – 3:30pm
Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC
Sunday, April 2, 2017

Opening Act – Nick and the Babes: 8:30am – 10:15am
Awards Ceremony: 10:45am – 11:00am
Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series Headliner, Cracker: 11:00am – 12:15pm
Closing Act – Jason Adamo Band: 12:30pm – 1:30pm



Nick and the Babes: NC band ‘Nick and the Babes’ generate airy, shiny material that’s rich in honey-soaked vocals. It’s a textured concoction of harmonies and playing that recalls early REM and The Byrds. Made up of singer/songwriter (and television/film composer) Nicholas Bailey, his twin brother Graham, Rob, Dail and JoJo – the musicianship is tight, elegantly blended. Bailey’s vocals are that of a crooner and soft timbered country singer. He’s effective, emotional and searing to be sure, but ultimately a tender vocalist who connects with his band mates.

Their sometimes tongue-in-cheek lyrics—”I really wanna punch you in the face,” (“Punch You In the Face”) —paired with driving rhythms and hypnotic cadences will grab your attention and not let go.” – Encore Magazine
Available on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.


Jason Adamo Band: An interesting thing happens when a tight 5-piece band of respectively talented musicians ditches gimmicks and masks; honest, unpretentious, full-bodied music is born. The Jason Adamo Band started with the man himself, a truly soulful singer with inspired lyrics and raspy falsetto. Currently residing in Raleigh, NC, Adamo has lived in New York City and Nashville immersing himself in each cities music and songwriting scene. Jason Recently received his first cut on a Major label (“Beautiful Believer” Brett Young EP – Big Machine Label Group).


August is Ours: ‘August Is Ours’ is an Alternative/Indie/Folk band from Greenville, North Carolina. Formed in February of 2015 by front man JT Ackerman. In that time August Is Ours has toured the US numerous times and has even toured Europe. August Is Ours has 5 published releases, which includes the “Fools Gold” EP, full-length LP “Luminescence”, acoustic album “Heart In the Stars”, 3 singles with the last one being “Toxic Lips”. To this day AIO is still an independent/self managed and run band belonging to no labels, booking agencies, or management companies. So far they have appeared as supporting acts for artists such as One Republic, The Script, Smashmouth, MKTO and many more. They have also been recognized by multiple music periodicals such as MTV.


Johnny White & The Elite: JOHNNY WHITE and The Elite are the epitome of what,music is all about. They consist of two powerful lead vocalist, JOHNNY WHITE and SHIRL, and three soulful FEMALE BACKGROUND SINGERS. They combine their singing ability with HIGH ENERGY
CHOREOGRAPHY that will make you, the spectator, become a part of their show. This group is without a doubt ONE OF THE BEST SHOW AND DANCE BANDS in the business.


Michael Daughtry: Singer/songwriter Michael Daughtry had songwriting in his bones for as long as he can remember. He attended and graduated from Berklee College of Music in the late 90’s. He remained in Boston for a few years to play in bands and opening for those three blue guys. He is joined by Timothy Wells on bass and Tom Miller on drums. The songs drive with syncopated rhythms that are both refreshing and familiar. Great songs should be shared and enjoyed for years to come. They sound even better live! Enjoy…


Restless Raleigh: Restless Raleigh is a 7-piece performing ensemble featuring the best in new music. Their unique sound derives from combining female Pop lead vocals and male R&B lead vocals to make rich and powerful presentations of a wide variety of material. Restless Raleigh can be found regularly performing clubs, weddings, corporate parties, and public concerts throughout the triangle and surrounding area keeping their high energy sets flowing continuously throughout every event using artist and cross-genre medleys with multiple vocalists.


Shaw University Platinum Sound Pep: The Shaw University’s Platinum Sound athletic band reestablished in the fall of 2002. Under the direction of Mr. Charles V. Brown. Over the last 15 years, the band has become a standout in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) athletic conference. The band has entertained thousands at various sporting events, battle of the bands, and performed for over 60,000 people at the Honda Battle of the bands in Atlanta, GA.

Entertainment on the Course

Music makes up the heart and “sole” of this event. Runners will enjoy a variety of music from alternative, classic and punk rock to blues, jazz and soul along the race course. Music and entertainment set the tempo for this running party, where runners and spectators alike will be “dancin’ in the streets” to these mini-concerts.

Is your band ready to rock for thousands of athletes and spectators? We will be recruiting the best local bands from all genres to take the stage along the course. Check out the information on how to apply HERE. Applications will open in the upcoming months! Be sure to check back soon!

Spirit on the Course

Attention Cheer Teams and Dance Squads: We need you in 2017! High school and middle school cheer and dance teams are invited to compete in the Spirit on the Course competition. Cheer teams will line the course ready to encourage participants every step of the way. Costumes and themes are optional, smiles and enthusiasm are required.

Click here to apply to be an official cheer team!