Foot Levelers Down by Downtown and Blue Ridge Marathon Announce 2015 Main Music Acts - Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon

Foot Levelers Down by Downtown and Blue Ridge Marathon Announce 2015 Main Music Acts

Foot Levelers Down by Downtown and Blue Ridge Marathon Announce 2015 Main Music Acts

Big Head Todd & the Monsters and MarchFourth!

Press Release February 21, 2015 – Organizers of the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon and Down By Downtown Music Festival are once again expanding the schedule in Downtown Roanoke as a part of the 6th Annual event (April 16-18). The weekend of live music kicks off Thursday night at over a dozen venues, continues with a free concert Friday evening featuring MarchFourth!, followed by Saturday’s headliner Big Head Todd and the Monsters.


“Each year we try to grow the event,” said organizer Bruce C. Bryan of B2C Enterprises. “The purpose is to draw attention to the developing live music scene in Downtown Roanoke and the partnership with the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon allows us to draw big national acts to help promote the area. It also gives the visitors to our region something fun to do in conjunction with the marathon.”

Big Head Todd & The Monsters, a national touring act with roots in Colorado, will headline Saturday evening in the Elmwood Amphitheater. This platinum selling group is known for their spirited live show and chart topping songs like “Bittersweet”, “Broken Hearted Savior”, and “Circle”.

New this year is a free concert Friday evening in the Elmwood Amphitheater. The Friday concert is open to everyone and features Portland-based band MarchFourth! – a lively and engaging musical and entertainment act that is sure to draw attention. This 20-person troop will wow you with a show that takes you from the swamps of Louisiana to the gypsy camps of Europe, and through the deepest grooves of American funk, rock and jazz. Add high-stepping stilt-acrobatics and dazzling burlesque dancers, and you have a musical evening you’ll never forget.

“We want musical energy to match the energy of our running participants,” said Pete Eshelman, chair of the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon. “Both these concerts will definitely do that. Adding the Friday free show and building on the success of the G. Love & Special Sauce concert last year, were our priorities and I think we were able to do that with this year’s lineup.”

“The marathon by itself is fantastic, but when you add in national acts like MarchFourth! and Big Head Todd, it helps shine a well-deserved spotlight on the event and all the good it does for the Roanoke region,” said Chris Cummings, Foot Levelers Media and Public Relations Manager.

Big Head Todd & the Monsters tickets go on sale February 25, 2015 at 10am through the Jefferson Center box office and online at General admission is $22 and special discounted rates will be available to marathon participants through their race registration process.

MarchFourth! is a free first-come-first served concert. Shows both evenings will start early enough to draw concertgoers to other live music events happening throughout Downtown Roanoke as a part of the Down By Downtown Music Festival. Local food and craft beers will be featured at both concerts for those who are interested in purchasing them.


With more than 30 live music performances at over a dozen venues throughout the city Down By Downtown (DxDT) is a celebration of Roanoke’s growing music scene. Participating venues host live music April 16-18, many of which are free. DxDT was organized six years ago as a part of Roanoke’s Creative Connectors Class. Participating venues include The Taubman Museum, The Roanoke Library, Jefferson Center, Martin’s Downtown, The Phoenix, Awful Arthurs, Blues BBQ, Fork in the Market, Blue 5, Billy’s, The Quarter, Flannary’s, Cornerstone, 202 Market, Henry’s Public House, The Pine Room at Hotel Roanoke, 16 West Marketplace and METRO! For the past several years DxDT has partnered with the Blue Ridge Marathon to provide live music acts at the marathon finish line in Elmwood Park.


The Blue Ridge Marathon was created by the Roanoke Regional Partnership to showcase the region’s commitment to making outdoor recreation and environmental stewardship a core component of the Roanoke Region lifestyle. Originally boasted as “America’s Toughest Road Marathon” it has more than lived up to the reputation. Not for the faint of heart, the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon features the most challenging and breathtaking course of any road marathon in the country and was recently named to The Weather Channel’s “World’s 15 Toughest Marathons” list (#8). Beginning in downtown Roanoke, Virginia and ascending four miles along the Blue Ridge Parkway to the summit of Roanoke Mountain this race will put you in the zone…and all before mile 10!


Foot Levelers, Inc., the world’s exclusive provider of individually designed functional orthotics and other therapeutic products, has been serving healthcare professionals for over 62 years. Foot Levelers supports every step patients take to enjoy fuller and happier lives at work, home, or play.
For more information or to volunteer: | Facebook/DownByDowntown | Twitter@DownByDowntown | |Facebook/BlueRidgeMarathon | Twitter@BRM26pt2 |

Download the 2015 Race Guide
Have Your Marathon Story Told By WDBJ Channel 7