If music be the food of love, music festivals be the smorgasbord of infatuation. Pig-out on an all-you-can-love buffet with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a four-day general pass (a $75 value) with parking (a $15 value) to the Heroes Music Festival at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton (a $90 total value). The festival runs from Thursday, September 8 through Sunday, September 11.
Commemorating the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, the Heroes Music Festival combines inspirational musical acts and patriotic activities to honor America's fallen and future heroes. Festival-goers can wrap their ears around an inspirational lineup of rock, pop, and country artists from around the nation's cavernous network of musician mines. On Thursday, country legend Hank Williams Jr. headlines, and Darryl Worley's contemporary country and The Grascals' award-winning instrumental bluegrass kick off the weekend. Burns & Poe play Friday, as does guitarist Jonny Lang, who rounds out the day's acts with his unique brand of gospel-tinged blues. Sunday's lineup closes the festival with performances from headliners Third Day, country-soul singer Jon Scott and Christian-rock mainstays Rapture Ruckus and 7eventh Time Down.
In between musical acts, guests can slip down the 40-foot waterslide, scale the rock wall, or file their taxes in the inflatable boxing ring. The weekend also includes several homages to America's heroes. Military airplanes will streak across the sky while a 21-gun salute from the Marines pays tribute to the nation's soldiers and blackjack champions.