Los Angeles: Entertainment
Post-Race Headliner Concert presented by
The party doesn’t stop after crossing the Finish Line. Cracker, presented by YP, will headline the Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Finish Line Concert on Sunday, October 27, 2013!
Cracker has been called a lot of different things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country, punk, blues, folk and even psychedelia. But more than anything, the group is known as survivors. While many of their peers are already having reunion tours, Cracker has never bothered to leave the stage.
Formed in 1991 when lead singer David Lowery’s band Camper Van Beethoven went on a hiatus, Cracker has been going strong for over 20 years. They’ve amassed nine studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe and a worldwide fan base.
Their first album, the self-titled Cracker, was released by Virgin Records in 1992 and eventually sold upwards of 200,000 copies. From that album came radio hit “Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now),” which peaked at No. 1 on Modern Rock Tracks and arguably carried the band into the mainstream.
A year later, Cracker issued their best-selling album, Kerosene Hat. The album included hit singles “Low” and “Euro-Trash Girl.” The album sold nearly half a million copies that year, narrowly missed platinum status and rose to No. 1 on the Billboard’s Top Heatseekers chart. “Low,” which reached No. 64 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1994, remains their most popular song.
“It’s still regularly played on the radio to this day, even after 20 years,” Lowery says. “It was kind of a hit on alternative radio, then it was a hit on rock radio, a little bit on pop radio and now it’s this ‘Classic Gold’ recurrent. Between all the different formats, it’s probably played about as much now as when it was new.”
Beyond the lead vocals and rhythm guitar of Lowery, the band consists of Johnny Hickman on lead guitar, Frank Funaro on drums and Sal Maida on bass guitar.
Finish Line Festival – L.A. LIVE
The MVPs: 8:15 am – 9: 30 am
Awards Ceremony: 9:45 am – 10:00 am
Cracker: 10:00 am – 11: 00 am
Costume Contest: 11:00 am – 11:15 am
The MVPs: 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Bands On The 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 block party, where runners and spectators alike will be “dancin’ in the streets.”
Spirit on the Course Competition
Attention Cheer teams and Dance Squads: We need you! High school and middle school cheer and dance teams are invited to compete in the Spirit on the Course competition. 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. Every squad receives a minimum donation of $150 – $350 for participating, PLUS compete for the grand prize of $1,000!
Thank you to all of the 2013 cheer teams that came out to to make each participant feel like a superstar!
Congratulations to this year’s winning teams:
First Place: Virgil Middle School
Second Place: Belmont High School
Third Place: Jefferson High School