KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (October 17, 2007) – The stars will be shining at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as the first ever Fall Concert Series debuts Saturday, November 10. With the iconic Rocket Garden as the backdrop, the live, festival style outdoor concert will happen every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. for four weeks, November 10, 17, 24 and December 1 as part of NASA’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Headlining the opening weekend is Kansas, one of the leading rock bands of the 70’s and 80's. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of their classic ‘Point of Know Return’ album. Kansas has penned and performed some of rock’s most recognizable songs such as the anthem “Carry on Wayward Son” and the ballad “Dust in the Wind.” The group Kansas consists of members Steve Walsh (vocals, keyboards), Rich Williams (guitar), David Ragsdale (violin, guitar), Billy Greer (bass, vocals), and Phil Ehart (drums).
American Idol finalist and country music star Josh Gracin will take the stage on Saturday, November 17. Gracin is known for his great pipes and dynamic stage presence during the second season of American Idol. The former Marine has found huge success in the country music arena with three consecutive Top 5 singles from his Gold certified self-titled debut CD. He’s one of only three solo country artists in recent years to release a debut album with three consecutive Top 5 country hits, and his number one single “Nothin' To Lose” is certified Digital Gold.
The concert on Saturday, November 24, features one of the most distinctive and powerful voices to emerge from Rock and Top 40 radio, Lou Gramm. The lead vocalist and co-writer of the multi-platinum band Foreigner, Gramm remains one of the most recognizable performers in music today. Gramm, the vocalist on 20 Top 40 singles, exploded onto the international music scene with Foreigner on the chart topper, “Feels Like the First Time,” in 1977. Other hits include “Head Games,” “Cold as Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “I Wanna Know What Love Is” and “Just Between You and Me.” Now, nearly three decades after the debut of Foreigner and chart-topping success as a solo artist, Lou Gramm returns with a hot new band and a dynamic live show featuring 90 minutes of his own unique brand of Rock 'n Roll.
RPM: Rock & Pop Masters will wrap up the Concert Series on Saturday, December 1. RPM is a world-class band backing up several authentic, original lead singers of huge hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Stars scheduled to appear at the Visitor Complex include David Pack formerly of Ambrosia with hits including “You're The Biggest Part of Me” and “How Much I Feel,” Larry Hoppen of Orleans with hits like “Still The One” and “Dance With Me,” and Jimi Jamison formerly of Survivor® known for the hit song “Eye of the Tiger.” The RPM Band includes Barry Dunaway (bass) - Yngwie Malmsteen Band; Lane Hoppen (keys) and Lance Hoppen (bass) - Orleans; Jerry Riggs (guitar) - Pat Travers Band; and Charlie Morgan (drums) - Elton John Band.
November 10, 2007 – Kansas
November 17, 2007 – Josh Gracin
November 24, 2007 – Lou Gramm, Lead Singer of Foreigner
December 1, 2007 – RPM: Rock & Pop Masters
The live, festival style outdoor concerts are included with regular admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The four-weekend Fall Concert Series is free to Commander’s Club Annual Passholders. To purchase tickets for the Fall Concert Series or a Commander’s Club Annual Pass, visit www.kennedyspacecenter.com or call 321-449-4400. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission includes the Fall Concert Series, the new Shuttle Launch Experience, Kennedy Space Center Tour, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, all exhibits, and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft, simulator rides and the world's largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia. Admission is $38 + tax for adults and $28 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commander’s Club Annual Pass is $50 + tax for adults and $35 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 321-449-4400 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.