Pretty soon, music will fill the air in Roanoke, just like in years past. Downtown Roanoke, Inc., is setting up for Festival 2013, formerly known as Festival in the Park. The name change comes because the events contract changed hands from Event Zone to DRI last year, but Matt Klepeisz with DRI says basically it's the same event.
"This is an event that has built up a following in Roanoke similar to SunTrust Dickens of a Christmas, and so we wanted to keep that spirit alive and work with the people that know all of the workings and contacts and keep it moving in the same direction," Klepeisz says.
There are some changes this year, however, the biggest being location. Because of the Elmwood Park construction, it will all take place at Rivers Edge near Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Skip Brown, the producer, says this is a great spot.
"Elmwood Park has a physical limitation and the fire marshal can come in and say, "You are at capacity,'" Brown says. "I can put six to seven thousand people here, so we are excited about bigger crowds."
A highlight this year for many is the band 1964: The Tribute. Last year, the festival staple was not part of the lineup.
"We really need to respond to the audience and the audience wants them back," Brown says. "They are back and they closing the festival on Monday."