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Downtown Hampton's street fest series, starting April 21, will include Fastball, BoDeans, Slapwater

Hampton's Saturday Summer Street Fest, known casually as the block party, will return April 21 with The Fighting Jamesons and will continue through the summer with acts including Fastball and The BoDeans.

Mostly, the event concentrates on local cover bands. National acts are sprinkled in to give the lineup some extra zing.

As has been the case for years, the street party will take place along Queensway in downtown. It will include beer and food vendors as well as children's activities. Admission is free. For more information, call 727-0900 or visit www.vasc.org.

Here's the full lineup announced today:

April 21 The Fighting Jamesons (Irish-flavored rock)

April 28 Tidewater Drive (Eight-piece show band with horns)

May 5 Tailgate Down (Hampton Roads-based modern country)

May 12 Power Play (Virginia Beach dance band)

May 19 Flashback (Nine-piece party band playing a variety of hits)

May 26 The DeLoreans (Hampton Roads '80s hit specialists)

June 2 Doug Dunn and Island Style (Locally based country and Southern rock)

June 9 Rare Mixx (Locally based party band)

June 16 Hey Hey Hooligan (Punk rock covers and originals from local band)

June 23 Fastball (Texas pop rock band that scored a hit "The Way" in 1998)

June 30 Vinyl Headlights (Local trio playing modern rock and 1970s dance hits)

July 7 Slapwater (Popular local group playing funk, dance and soul hits)

July 14 Hot Cakes (Top 40, beach music, oldies and country)

July 21 Excess (Pop hits and classic rock favorites)

July 28 Stricly Bizzness (Rock, Motown and oldies)

Aug. 4 Heather Edwards Band (Country, Southern rock and classic rock)

Aug. 11 BoDeans (Americana hitmakers known for tunes including "Closer to Free" and "She's a Runaway")

Aug. 18 The Janitors (Veteran local band playing R&B, soul, funk, country, rock and current hits)

Aug. 25 Butter (Virginia Beach-based rock band)

Sept. 1 Slapwater

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