Music & Nightlife

The Band Perry, Chris Young to headline Speed Street; tickets on sale Friday

Recording artists Neil Perry, Reid Perry and Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry perform onstage at the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Lionel Richie at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Recording artists Neil Perry, Reid Perry and Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry perform onstage at the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Lionel Richie at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Getty Images

Country music star Chris Young and Grammy Award-winning sibling trio The Band Perry will headline concerts during the Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola, May 27-28 in uptown Charlotte.

Opening acts will be Montgomery Gentry (for Chris Young, on May 27) and Albemarle native Kellie Pickler (for The Band Perry, on May 28). Tickets to the shows will cost $15 per night and go on sale at www.600festival.com at 10 a.m. Friday; in the past, the concerts have been free.

“We couldn’t be more excited by this year’s music lineup. The fans asked for a higher quality and more current artists, and we heard them loud and clear,” said JHE Production president Jay Howard in a statement. “In order for guests to best enjoy our much-improved artist lineup on Friday and Saturday nights, we have decided to gate the headliner concert area. Controlling access to the main stage allows us to manage capacity while delivering a quality guest experience.”

Musical entertainment for May 26 will be announced soon.

The three-day, family-friendly festival – now in its 22nd year – draws thousands of visitors and is known for live entertainment, access to racing stars, interactive sponsor displays, access to a variety of food and beverage, and a kids’ zone. It is a precursor to the Coca-Cola 600 held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With the exception of the Friday and Saturday night concerts, Speed Street activities remain free to the public.

Win tickets!

To enter to win a pair of tickets to see Chris Young and Montgomery Gentry at Speed Street on May 27, email CLT@charlotteobserver.com with “Speed Street” in the subject line and your name, age and city of resident in the body of the email. Winner will be selected at random. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

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