Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Muse, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and Zac Brown Band will be among the performers for the 2013 NCAA Big Dance Concert Series in Atlanta presented alongside the NCAA Men’s Final Four tournament.
While the basketball games will be played in the Georgia Dome, the concerts will be held down the street in Centennial Olympic Park April 5-7. Additional performances will come from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ludacris and Flo Rida.
Dave Matthews Band will be the headliner of the overall event, closing out the festivities on the night of April 7. The group will head out on the road this summer for an extensive tour, as they usually do.
Sting’s performance will also serve as a prelude to his summer tour. The Back to Bass tour will take him around both North America and Europe this summer. The shows on the tour will more intimate affairs than some of his recent treks, which included the former frontman of the Police playing with a symphony orchestra..
The shows at Centennial Park are free and open to the public.
“The Big Dance Concert Series is one of the most popular fan events that takes place during the Men’s Final Four weekend, and I want to take this opportunity to thank our corporate champion Capital One for its support in bringing great musical acts to the city,” said Mark Lewis, NCAA executive vice president for championships and alliances, in a statement. “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 has a great time at Centennial Olympic Park and the entire weekend in Atlanta.”
Last year’s Final Four was held in New Orleans, and performers during that weekend include Jimmy Buffett, the Black Keys and KISS.
2013 Big Dance Weekend Concert Schedule
FRIDAY, APRIL 5
3 : Gates Open
4:45 pm : Saints of Valory : Centennial Olympic Park
7 pm : My Morning Jacket : Centennial Olympic Park
9 pm : Zac Brown Band : Centennial Olympic Park
SATURDAY, APRIL 6
Noon : Gates Open
12:15 pm : Yacht Rock Revue : Centennial Olympic Park
1:45 pm : Macklemore & Ryan Lewis : Centennial Olympic Park
3:15 pm : Ludacris : Centennial Olympic Park
4:30 pm : Flo-Rida : Centennial Olympic Park
8:30 pm : Muse : Centennial Olympic Park
SUNDAY, APRIL 7
2 : Gates Open
4:15 pm : Grace Potter & the Nocturnals : Centennial Olympic Park
6 pm : Sting : Centennial Olympic Park
8 pm : Dave Matthews Band : Centennial Olympic Park