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Lotus to headline Roanoke's Down by Downtown Music Festival

A three-day celebration of music April 20-22

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Down by Downtown, a three-day celebration of music with concerts at multiple venues in downtown Roanoke, will feature Lotus in Elmwood Amphitheater on April 22.

Lotus sells out headline shows across the country and plays festivals such as Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Ultra, and more. The band released its new album, Eat the Light, on July 15, 2016.

Two acts slated to perform at the July FloydFest — Hayley Jane & the Primates and Broccoli Samurai — will open for Lotus on April 22. Tickets go on sale March 8 at downbydowntown.com. Tickets are $24 in advance and $28 the day of the show. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Back again for the second year is the Free Friday concerts in Elmwood Amphitheater on April 21. Gates open at 5 p.m. and feature MC Broom & the Jam along with two-three acts that will be announced in the near future.

Each participating venue will have live music during April 20-22. Participating venues include The Spot on Kirk, The Phoenix, Martin's Downtown, Blue 5, Soaring Ridge, Wall Street Tavern, Sidewinders, The Sanctuary, Fork in the Market and Elmwood Amphitheater. Visit www.downbydowntown.com for a complete lineup.

Down by Downtown (DxDT) began eight years ago as a grassroots movement to showcase the region's growing music scene. In 2012, DxDT partnered with the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon to provide a music-packed weekend for visitors.

In 2016, the Roanoke Outside Foundation (who puts on the Blue Ridge Marathon) officially took over DxDT and in 2017 formed a new partnership with Across-the-Way Productions, the music minds behind FloydFest.

WSLS 10 is a sponsor for Down by Downtown.