Tampa Bay Area Volkswagen dealers and the Tampa Bay Lightning are teaming up to bring the Lightning Concert Series presented by Volkswagen to the St. Pete Times Forum this season. The concert series will begin in November with post-game performances by both MC Hammer and Devon Allman’s Honeytribe. MC Hammer is scheduled to perform following the November 24 game against the New York Rangers and Devon Allman’s Honeytribe after the November 27 game versus the Florida Panthers. The Lightning Concert Series presented by Volkswagen is free with the purchase of a Lightning game ticket.
Born Stanley Kirk Burrell in Oakland, California in 1962, MC Hammer is an immensely popular recording artist who synthesized the street sounds of African-American and pop culture. MC Hammer made his first break on the 1987 album Feel My Power. Hammer's Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em album solidified his appeal with more than 20 million copies sold worldwide. Massive exposure and sponsorship deals followed with Mattel, Toshiba, Taco Bell, KFC and Pepsi-Cola, turning Hammer into an international household name.
Hammer's single "U Can't Touch This" remained in the US/UK Top 5 and held the number one spot on the Billboard charts for a record-breaking 23 weeks. In 1993, Too Legit to Quit was released, featuring the triple platinum single and soundtrack hit "Addams Groove" and the explosive selling title track, "Too Legit To Quit.” A multitude of awards followed, including three Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, The People’s Choice Award, Image Award and the prestigious Billboard "Diamond Award.” Hammer is a co-founder of the social media destination Dancejam and executive producer and creator of "HammerTime," a new Real Life Family show on the A&E network.
“Science fiction blues” isn’t a genre you’ll find in an illustrated history of rock and roll - at least not yet. However, Devon Allman and his group Honeytribe make a case for its inclusion with the ground-breaking new album, Space Age Blues. Although Allman Brothers Band front man Gregg Allman is his father, Devon has carved out his own musical path. Allman, bassist George Potsos and drummer Gabriel Strange have slowly built a solid, loyal fan base worldwide over the past decade. They have been in constant motion, averaging 250 to 300 shows a year across the globe.
The Lightning Concert Series began in 2006 and has been a huge hit, attracting fans to enjoy additional entertainment after watching exciting Lightning hockey. Other concert series performers will be announced throughout the season. Concert series dates include November 24, November 27, December 4, December 18, January 1, February 12, February 19, March 5 and March 11. To score the best seats for any Lightning home game, please call 813.301.6600 or visit www.tampabaylightning.com for more information.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Golf, New Beetle, New Beetle Convertible, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Eos, Passat, Passat Wagon, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. All 2010 Volkswagens come standard-equipped with Electronic Stabilization Program. This is important because the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called ESC the most effective new vehicle safety technology since the safety belt. Visit Volkswagen of America online at vw.com or www.media.vw.com to learn more.