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Down by Downtown returns, socially distanced, to Elmwood

Down by Downtown returns, socially distanced, to Elmwood


Abbey Road LIVE!

A pod-style event in Elmwood Park will center the Down by Downtown Festival, which returns to Roanoke after last year’s COVID-related cancellation.

The three-day festival will run April 16-18, spread among local music venues. Beatles tribute act Abbey Road LIVE! will headline at Elmwood on April 17, following the Blue Ridge Marathon, according to a Roanoke Outside Foundation news release.

Tickets are $10 and are on sale at Sales are limited for the four-person-per-pod setup, with hillside grass seating limited to groups of 10. All groups must maintain at least 6 feet of separation, the news release said.

Canned beers will be for sale on site, and audience members can bring their own food. Three regional bands to be announced will be on the bill with Abbey Road LIVE!, in a concert that begins at 6 p.m.

Venues participating in the event are Martin’s Downtown, Big Lick Brewing Co., Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage, Three Notch’d Brewing Co., Twisted Track Brewpub, Sweet Donkey Coffee House and Berglund Center. Robert Earl Keen, previously booked at Berlund Center, and Audacity Brass Band at Martin’s Downtown, are shows that will fall under the DxDT umbrella. Check the festival’s website for more information on who is playing around town.

Freedom First Credit Union is the title sponsor for DxDT, part of a regional economic development initiative of the Roanoke Regional Partnership and Roanoke Outside Foundation, according to the news release.

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