Over time, the All-Star Game has morphed into All-Star Week, with celebrations and activities popping up all across the host city, making this annual tradition about much more than simply a baseball game. Music has been a big part of this evolution, and that, too, has grown over time.This year,
Over time, the All-Star Game has morphed into All-Star Week, with celebrations and activities popping up all across the host city, making this annual tradition about much more than simply a baseball game. Music has been a big part of this evolution, and that, too, has grown over time.
This year, musical acts will set a new precedent at the festivities for the 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard in San Diego. There will be more of a music presence, with three Budweiser MLB All-Star Concerts planned. In the prior eight years of All-Star concerts, only one was presented per year.
This year's trio features well-known, hugely successful talents: Gwen Stefani, OneRepublic and Tori Kelly. The three will headline two days of Budweiser MLB All-Star Concerts, part of the Pepsi Music Series, beginning on July 8 and continuing July 9 at San Diego's Embarcadero Marina Park South.
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Fans can obtain a free standing-room-only ticket based on availability at AllStarGame.com/concerts beginning Friday at 10 a.m. PT. Free tickets, which may not be sold, must be downloaded, printed and brought to Embarcadero Marina Park South for entry to the concert. Limit two tickets and one show per individual request.
Each headline act will be accompanied by a special guest to open the show, with gates open to the public 90 minutes before the start time.
The schedule, all rain or shine performances, is as follows
Friday, July 8, 7 p.m. PT: OneRepublic and special guest NEEDTOBREATHE
Saturday, July 9 at noon PT: Tori Kelly and special guest All Time Low
Saturday, July 9 at 7 p.m. PT: Gwen Stefani and special guest Eve
A special fireworks show will be conducted immediately following each of the two evening concerts.
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More performances, part of the full Pepsi Music Lineup, will be released at a later date. A range of artists will be welcomed throughout MLB All-Star Week. Exclusive content with all of the artists will be available on MLB Entertainment (mlb.com/e) in the weeks leading up to All-Star Week, as well as throughout the All-Star festivities.
Stefani -- singer, songwriter, fashion designer and actress -- has been a major presence on the music scene since she rose to stardom with No Doubt in the mid-1990s. She has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, both with No Doubt and as a multiplatinum solo artist. Her third full-length solo album, "This is What the Truth Feels Like," featuring the gold single "Used to Love You," was released on March 18 on Interscope Records and debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200.
Stefani, who will begin a tour of North America this summer, has won three Grammy Awards, a World Music Award, an American Music Award and two Billboard Music Awards.
OneRepublic has released three studio albums, with their latest, "Native," debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and selling over five million units worldwide.
"Native" produced the hit singles "Love Runs Out," "I Lived" and "Counting Stars," which reached No. 1 in 54 countries and has sold over 10 million downloads. In May, OneRepublic released the soulful "Wherever I Go," the first single off their fourth studio album, which will be released later this year.
Kelly, nominated in 2016 for the Grammy for Best New Artist, has been hailed as an "Artist to Watch" by Rolling Stone, USA Today and Spin. The California native just wrapped a 30-city sold-out U.S. tour in support of her debut album, "Unbreakable Smile," which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
The Grammy Award-winning Eve is slated to join Stefani for all dates on her upcoming tour. Eve collaborated with Stefani on the hit songs "Rich Girl" and "Let Me Blow Ya Mind," earning a Grammy Award for the latter.
All Time Low, a band formed in 2003 in the suburbs of Baltimore, Md., is an award-winning rock band that has celebrated three consecutive Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200, including its latest LP "Future Hearts," which debuted at a career-high No. 2 on the chart and was the No. 1-selling album week of release in both the U.S. and U.K.
NEEDTOBREATHE is a Grammy-nominated rock band hailing from South Carolina, comprised of brothers Bear Rinehart (vocals, guitar) and Bo Rinehart (guitar, vocals), Seth Bolt (bass, vocals) and Josh Lovelace (keys, vocals). Highlighted by the lead single "HAPPINESS," their anticipated new album "H A R D L O V E" is set for release on July 15.
Parking downtown will be extremely limited and guests are encouraged to utilize public transportation. MTS will provide special trolley service to the concerts. The Gaslamp trolley stop is located a short walk from Embarcadero Marina Park South. Free park and ride parking lots are located along trolley lines, including more than 5,000 spaces at Qualcomm Stadium. More Trolley and mass transit information is available at www.sdmts.com.
Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter.