Fans disappointed over cancellation of Friday's American Music Festival performances

Organizers of the American Music Festival have canceled almost all of the performances scheduled for Friday evening.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Organizers of the American Music Festival have canceled almost all of the performances scheduled for Friday evening. 

Those performances include 311, Big Something and Jesse Chong at the 5th Street Main Stage and TFC Band on the 17th Street Stage. The cancelations come after forecasts showed high winds and ran at the oceanfront. 

A free performance by Vertical Horizon will still happen ,if weather allows, at the 31st Street Stage. 

There were a lot of disappointed music fans.

"This is the second year in a row I've tried to come see 311, it's one of my daughter's favorite groups and she died last August," said Lisa Baker, of York County.

Baker says this was more than just a concert, it was a way to memorialize her daughter Michelle.

"It's really disappointing and I'm really hurt because she loved this group," said Baker.

This is the second year in a row that 311's performance has been canceled due to weather.

"311 has not been very lucky for us or for themselves, we feel so badly for those guys," said Hilton.

In some cases people traveled more than seven hours to be at the concert, like Josh Troiano's family from Pittsburgh.

"311 is my wife's favorite band and one of my favorite bands so this being canceled tonight, its really disappointing, especially when you plan so much around it, yea it stinks," said Troiano.

Businesses, like Roma Pizza, say this is one of the worst possible weekends to have bad weather.

"We actually count on this at the oceanfront because of the concerts that come here and patronize
our business," said Phillips.

Phillips says every table on the patio should be filled. They are looking at a 40 percent loss in revenue this weekend.

"That cancellation, and the people just pack up their bags and get frustrated and leave," said Phillips.

As for Baker, she just hopes 311 doesn't give up on Virginia Beach, and gives it one more try next year, for her daughter.

"I have to see them here this is where I live you know," said Baker.

Anyone who purchased tickets for the canceled performances through Ticketmaster will be automatically credited through their Ticketmaster account. The credit may take up to 10 days to appear. 

Concert goer and Virginia Beach native Mark Gurganis doesn't think Mother Nature will settle down.

“The radar looks pretty thick. I think we’re gonna get blown out today,” he said.

Saturday and Sunday's shows are a go no matter what; the festival will be moved indoors to the Virginia Beach Convention Center depending on the weather. The center was not available for Friday night, as the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon expo is already underway.

This weekend, BeachStreet USA will be collecting money for the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Patrons will be able to text and make a donation directly to the Red Cross.  

The following is the schedule of events for this weekend's American Music Festival:

Friday, Sept. 1
5th Street Main Stage: $20 advance/$25 day of show - Preferred Viewing tickets are $40, and $45 day-of-show if still available.
311 (canceled)
Big Something (canceled)
Jesse Chong Band (canceled)

Show 6:30 p.m./Doors Open 5 p.m.

17th Street DQ Grill & Chill Park - FREE
TFC Band (canceled)
Show 7:30 p.m.

24th Street Park – FREE
Lucky 757
The Double Shots
Show 7:30 p.m.

31st Street Park - FREE
Vertical Horizon
WOAH 90's
Show 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 2
5th Street Main Stage: $20 advance/$25 day of show - Preferred Viewing tickets are $40, and $45 day-of-show if still available.
Rebelution
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Buddha Council
Show 6:30 p.m./Doors Open: 5 p.m.

17th Street DQ Grill & Chill Park - FREE
The Original Rhondels
Show 6:30 p.m.

24th Street Park – FREE
Cowboy Mouth
Brandon Bower Band
Show 7:30 p.m.

31st Street Park - FREE
Little River Band
Yarn
Show 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 3
Toyota Rock 'n' Roll Post-Race Concert Stage (on the beach at 17th Street)
Sister Hazel
Popwire
Show at 7:30 a.m.

5th Street Main Stage: $20 advance/$25 day of show - Preferred Viewing tickets are $40, and $45 day-of-show if still available.
3 Doors Down
The Wallflowers
Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos
Show 6:30 p.m./Doors Open: 5 p.m.

17th Street DQ Grill & Chill Park - FREE
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Good Shot Judy
Show 7:30 p.m.

24th Street Park
Night Ranger
Steve Archer Band
Show 7:30 p.m.

31st Street Park - FREE
Guava Jam
Strictly Bizzness
Show 7:30 p.m.

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