Monday, June 29, 2015

Rustic Educational Amphitheater Established in Honor of Paul McCartney’s Visit to Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA (June 23, 2015) – In honor of Paul McCartney’s June 23rd visit to Charlottesville, the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department is establishing a Rustic Educational Amphitheater to support music education. In partnership with the National Blue Ridge Foundation’s “Kids in the Park” program, this project will also include a marker that permanently commemorates the date of Paul McCartney’s visit and its lasting impact upon the community.

The Amphitheater will be created in the Fall of 2015 within a local park, and the exact location will be determined in the coming weeks.

“Albemarle County is excited about this project which will have an important and lasting impact on music education in our community,” said County Executive Tom Foley. 

Following an incredible 2014 which saw Paul McCartney's universally acclaimed Out There tour play 32 shows in 30 cities throughout South, Central and North America, Paul will perform Tuesday evening at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA. 

The Out There tour, as always, features music from the most beloved catalog in popular music, spanning Paul's entire career--as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle. The set list also includes material from Paul's most recent studio album NEW, a global hit upon its release in 2013.

The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. Paul and his band have performed in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow's Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, played the last ever show at  San Francisco’s Candlestick Park where The Beatles played their final concert, and even broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul's band of the last 10+ years--Paul "Wix" Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums)--the show never disappoints.

The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. Paul's shows attract a multi-generational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.

2015 is already off to an incredible start for Paul. He has appeared on the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards with Rihanna and Kanye West performing their smash hit collaboration “FourFiveSeconds," treated New York City to an intimate Valentine’s Day concert the night before appearing on the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary special, and more recently inducted Ringo Starr into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With a sold out tour of Japan and South Korea currently underway and massive U.S., UK and Europe festival and arena engagements on the horizon, Out There 2015 is sure to be another amazing chapter for a living legend who continues to make history with his every move.