Virginia Beach’s American Music Festival to be held virtually in October

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LOUISVILLE, KY – MAY 04: Musician John Rzeznik performs onstage during the Unbridled Eve Gala during the 144th Kentucky Derby at Galt House Hotel & Suites on May 4, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images fro Unbridled Eve)

VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) — Virginia Beach’s 2020 American Music Festival will be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“AMF has had to overcome hurricanes, massive thunderstorms, heavy surf, high tides, and strong gusting winds,” organizers say. “And this year’s global COVID19 pandemic won’t stop AMF either.”

The annual event has been held the past 26 years over Labor Weekend at the Oceanfront, but this year you’ll be able to watch from the comfort of your couch. The virtual concert will be held Friday, October 2 from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and include:  

  • Johnny Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls
  • Bret Michaels
  • Marc Roberge of O.A.R.
  • Michael Franti
  • Moon Taxi
  • Trevor Young of SOJA
  • Phil Vassar
  • Larkin PoeCarbon Leaf   

The virtual concert was scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5, but was delayed due to “unavoidable technical circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

You can watch here on, on YouTube and on Facebook.

Another big event at the Oceanfront in September, the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival (scheduled for September 25-27) was canceled for the first time in its 47-year history.

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