Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series Announces Fall 2018 Band Headliner Schedule

September 12th, 2018

Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series Announces Fall 2018 Band Headliner Schedule

Toyota Rock ’n’ Roll Concert Series to feature award-winning music talent throughout fall concert series

TAMPA, Fla. – Today the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® announced the headliner schedule for the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series for the upcoming fall events. Following a renewed focus of Bringing Fun to the Run™ with more music than ever before, a wide variety of exciting critically acclaimed groups including Capital Cities, Michael Franti, Oak & Ash, MarchFourth and Matt Costa will take to stages at Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series events across North America.

Music makes up the heart and “sole” of this coming fall’s event series as runners enjoy a wide variety of music along the race courses and at the finish-line festivals through the remainder of the year. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is proud to present the 2018 Fall Headliner Schedule below:

2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Fall Headliner Schedule
Date Event Headliner
9/15-16/2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon Oak & Ash
10/06-07/2018 Oasis International Marathon de Montreal Grégory Charles and Friends; Boogie Wonder Band; LADY’5
10/20-21/2018 Michelob Ultra Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon MarchFourth
10/20-21/2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon Dragondeer
10/28/2018 United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon Matt Costa
11/03-04/2018 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon Michael Franti & Spearhead
11/10-11/2018 Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon Capital Cities
12/01-02/2018 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Stay “tuned” to

Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon – September 15-16, 2018

Oak & Ash

Hailing from New York City, Oak & Ash formed in late 2014 and set out to change the landscape of the Pop Rock scene with a variety of soulfully written and performed original records. Their explosive anthems, soaring guitar solos, soulful vocals, and recognizable pop song structure, have been compared to a mix between Kings of Leon, Maroon 5, and Coldplay. In August of 2016 they were named the winner of Newsday’s Battle of the Bands contest and in early 2017 they were named the winner of Bon Jovi’s “Opening Act Contest.” Just over three years after its formation, the group has booked renowned venues such as The Gramercy Theatre, Irving Plaza, The Paramount Theatre, Webster Hall, and most recently Madison Square Garden, opening for Bon Jovi.

For more information on Oak & Ash, please visit

Oasis International Marathon de Montreal – October 06-07, 2018

Grégory Charles and Friends; Boogie Wonder Band; LADY’5

Adding more musical entertainment to the race this year and creating even more opportunities to bring the community together, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal Marathon faithful will be treated to not one but THREE headline acts. Grégory Charles and Friends will take to the stage on Saturday, September 22 and give a frenzied 2 hour and 2 minute uninterrupted performance in a nod to the world marathon record set by Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto (2 hours, 2 minutes, 57 seconds) in Germany in 2014. Sharing the stage on Friday, September 21 will Boogie Wonder Band and finally, LADY’5 will deliver an energetic and colourful performance on Sunday, September 23. For more information, please visit

Michelob Ultra Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon – October 20-21, 2018


MarchFourth is an internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking musical and performance group that offers a sonic explosion of sound delivered by 20 musicians, dancers and artisans, who travel the world year-round, taking audience members of all ages, from all walks of life, on a joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization. Andy Smith of Providence Journal describes the group as “a cross between a funky New Orleans brass band, with lots of percussion, and a circus troupe, complete with dancers and stilt walkers.”

For more information on the MarchFourth, please visit

Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon – October 20-21, 2018


Dragondeer released their debut full length LP If You Got The Blues in March which they recorded with legendary producer Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Tom Waits). Live for Live Music calls their sound a “hybrid of Mississippi Delta blues and 1960s psychedelic rock.” Dragondeer has shared the stage with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Shakey Graves, Drive By Truckers, Futurebirds, The Entrance Band, The Bright Light Social Hour, Hot Buttered Rum, Murder City Devils, Anders Osborne, Jerry Joseph, Sonny Landreth, J Roddy Walston, Linda Perhacs, Jarekus Singleton, Leon Russell, Steel Pulse, and Wovenhand.  The band has performed all over the United States and abroad with performance slots at festivals including: Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Nacarubi Music Festival in Big Sur, California, Tour De Fat, South Park Music Festival, SXSW 2014-2015, The Denver Post Underground Music Showcase (The UMS),  Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival, T-Bois Blues Festival in Louisiana, Arise Music Festival, The 24th Annual Grolsch Blues Festival in Schöppingen, Germany, and an appearance at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater.

For more information on Dragondeer, please visit

United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon – October 28, 2018

Matt Costa

Fresh off his newly released album Santa Rosa Fangs, this hometown California artist has been around the world working with artists like Belle and Sebastian, penning film scores, and releasing a variety of genre-bending EPs. Following a five-year hiatus from recording filled with a variety of projects, including scoring the film Orange Sunshine and releasing independent records, Costa has returned to tour in support of his new album. Early on, Costa toured with Jack Johnson, Modest Mouse, Oasis, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, G. Love & Special Sauce, and Death Cab for Cutie, while making a name for himself.

For more information on Matt Costa, please visit

Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon – November 3-4, 2018

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Hailing from Oakland, California, Michael Franti has produced singles and albums incorporating hip-hop, funk, reggae and jazz, into his music. Along with forming his band Spearhead, he has participated in many musical projects, most emphasizing social and political issues, and is known as an advocate for a number of global issues with a focus on making an impact in the world. In June, Franti released his newest album, “Stay Human 2,” that will be used as the soundtrack for his new documentary.

For more information on Michael Franti, please visit

Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon – November 10-11, 2018

Capital Cities

The Los Angeles-based indie-electro band formed in 2010 and released their debut EP in 2011, giving them their breakout hit “Safe and Sound” that went Multi-Platinum. The song later served as the lead single from their debut studio album, in a Tidal Wave of Mystery, released in 2013. “Safe and Sound” earned MTV Video Music, Grammy and Billboard Music Award nominations while reaching #1 on the U.S. Alternative Songs Chart, #2 on the U.S. Rock Songs Chart, #1 on the German Media Control singles chart and peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band followed with successful subsequent singles including “Kangaroo Court” and “One Minute More,” giving them three songs off their debut album to reach Top 50 in the charts. Showcasing the growth and popularity of their music, the group joined Katy Perry in 2014 on the North American leg of her Prismatic World Tour.

For more information on Capital Cities, please visit

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About Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® is the world’s largest running series with more than 600,000 runners taking part in over 30 destination events around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ simple idea of making running fun has transformed both the U.S. and global running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike. Race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo showcasing the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. Events culminate with an entertaining finish-line festival and Toyota Concert Series Headliner featuring some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, FloRida, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels. Further information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series can be found online at and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.


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