Your 2015 Headliner-Better Than Ezra
We are excited to announce double platinum band Better Than Ezra as the 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon & 1/2 Marathon headliner! Their mega hits are so “Good” they’ll leave you “Desperately Wanting” more.
Before their omnipresent 1995 single “Good” hit No. 1, before their debut album Deluxe went double-platinum, before popular shows such as Desperate Housewives licensed their song “Juicy,” before Taylor Swift attested to their timeless appeal by covering their track “Breathless” — New Orleans’ Better Than Ezra was a pop-rock act paying its dues, traveling from town to town in a ramshackle van. Over two decades after the band formed, that vigilance still resonates strongly with the trio, who were finally rewarded after seven years of stubbornly chasing their dreams. “This band,” notes bassist Tom Drummond, “has never been handed anything.”
Proving just that point, the group recently dropped an effulgent new single, “Crazy Lucky,” in advance of their eighth full length, All Together Now (out September 9, 2014). The single is currently in the Top 40 Hot AC Charts and continuing to climb.
Better Than Ezra is bigger than just a band now. With the Better Than Ezra Foundation (www.BTEFoundation.org), the band give back to their native New Orleans with charity ventures to benefit everything from coastal restoration to after school programs for underprivileged kids. www.BTEFoundation.org. “The band has become a way of life for us,” Griffin says. “There’s more to us than meets the eye. All of that plays into us getting along and keeping this thing going. But it’s more than just guys getting together and playing. People have come to depend on the band.”
The party doesn’t stop after crossing the finish line. Get set to raise a celebratory toast at the free Post Race Headliner Concert at the Finish Line Festival.
Post Race Concert Schedule*:
The Cheaters-1st Set 8:30am – 10:15am
Awards Program 10:40am – 11:00am
Better Than Ezra 11:00am – 12:15pm
The Cheaters-2nd Set 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Attention Cheer teams and Dance Squads: We need you! High school and middle school cheer and dance teams are invited to participate in the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon & ½ Marathon’s Spirit on the Course! Cheer teams will line the course ready to encourage participants every step of the way. Costumes and themes are optional, smiles and enthusiasm are required. Cheer teams participating will not only be supporting the runners and walkers amazing efforts, but they will also be cheering to earn some money for their team!
Live Music On Course
Music makes up the heart and “sole” of this event. Live bands will be performing a variety of music from alternative, classic and punk rock to blues, jazz and soul along each mile of the race course. The bands set the tempo for this marathon party, where runners and spectators alike will be “dancin’ in the streets” to these mini-concerts.
Click here to check out the local bands that will be rocking with you to the Finish line!