Music & Nightlife

Andy Grammer to perform before Sprint All-Star Race

Charlotte Motor Speedway has tapped a rising pop star to get the crowd revved up before the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 21.

Andy Grammer – best known for hits “Honey, I’m Good” and “Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah)” – will perform a free 70-minute pre-race concert for fans.

“Free” of course means free for anyone who’s paid for admission to the race; but it’s a great perk if you’re already going, and if you really dig the guy, fans can pay $20 more for an upgrade that will put them in a reserved area in front of the stage. (Those tickets are limited and can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-3267 or at

Grammer will perform between Turns 1 and 2 of the infield.

The announcement comes two weeks after country-music star Lee Brice was revealed as the pre-race entertainment for the May 28 Coca-Cola 600.

With Grammer, the speedway managed to strike while the iron was hot; the news came on Thursday, just hours after he serenaded a couple who was getting married on NBC’s “Today” show with a live performance of “Honey, I’m Good.”

Grammer was last in the area just over year ago, for a show he headlined at the Fillmore Charlotte at uptown’s Music Factory.

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