ATLANTA (WXIA) -- The NCAA, Capitol One and Turner Live Events has announced the lineup for the 2013 NCAA Big Dance Concert Series, a three-day free music festival at Centennial Olympic Park on April 5-7.
Headlining the concert series is the Dave Matthews Band, Sting and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals on Sunday, April 7.
The Dave Matthews Band's latest album, Away From The World entered the Billboard 200 chart at Number 1 last September. This winter, the band has appeared at the Sundance Film Festival and the Winter X Games. They're looking forward to an appearance in late April at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Sting comes back to America on his extended Back to Bass Tour after a swing through Europe, Asia and the Middle East over the past year. This marks the first of two scheduled appearances in Metro Atlanta this year for Sting -- the second will be at Chastain Park Amphitheater on June 10.
"Capital One is excited to bring two giant names in music to Atlanta during the Final Four," said Roger Ferguson, Managing Vice President, Advertising and Sponsorships at Capital One. "Dave Matthews Band continues to produce chart topping music and, with deep roots in the South, is sure to be a big crowd pleaser in Atlanta. Sting is well-known around the world for his numerous hits and his enduring influence on popular music. It doesn't get any bigger than this."
Vermont-based Grace Potter & The Nocturnals has had a solid release with last year's The Lion The Beast The Beat, and is coming back to the U.S. after spending much of March on concert dates in Europe and Australia. After their appearance in Atlanta and a date on April 9 in Evans, GA, near Augusta, the group begins a summer road tour in late May in Austin.
Last year's NCAA Big Dance Concert Series in New Orleans featured headliners Jimmy Buffett, KISS and The Black Keys and attracted more than 140,000 fans over the Final Four Weekend.
"The Big Dance Concert Series has grown in popularity each year, and I want to take this opportunity to thank our corporate champion Capital One for its support in bringing great musical acts to Atlanta this year," said Mark Lewis, NCAA executive vice president for championships and alliances. "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 comes out and enjoys a great Final Four weekend at Centennial Olympic Park."