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

Thanks for ROCKING with Cracker at the Finish Line Festival! Stay tuned for updates on your 2018 headliner!




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

Thank you to all the course bands who performed for our runners this year! The Rock ‘n’ Raleigh isn’t the same without you! If you had a favorite band and want to know who they were, click the link below.


Spirit on the Course

Congrats to all our cheer teams who rocked with us in #RnRRAL! Our participants had a great time on course with your extra support, stamina and smiles!

Congratulations to the 2017 Cheer Winners!

1st: The Awesomettes
2nd: Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance