We recently told you the Cheerwine Festival is returning to Salisbury this May and now they have released the festival entertainment.  This includes the music lineup as well as additional family-friendly activities. On Saturday, May 21st Salisbury will welcome two of the country’s favorite rock bands to the Hotwire Communication Stage. The event’s headliners are Blues Traveler and Spin Doctors.

Blues Traveler is the Grammy-winning quintet, best known for their Top 40 singles “Run-Around,” “Hook,” and “But Anyway,”. Additionally, they are known for their improvisational live shows. The Grammy-nominated Spin Doctors rose to fame for their 5x platinum album Pocket Full of Kryptonite. Their set includes hits “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong.”

Also included in the lineup is musical entertainment provided by Lauren Light Trio, Tsunami Wave Riders, and 9daytrip.

“We’re beyond grateful to the fans who travel from near and far to celebrate at the Cheerwine Festival with us,” says Joy Ritchie Harper. Harper is vice-president of marketing for Cheerwine and fifth-generation founding family member. “And we’d like to thank them by hosting two incredible headlining acts in our hometown. On top of that, we’re thrilled to welcome an incredible array of local vendors and brands from around the South to help us celebrate uniquely regional sights, sounds and tastes.”

Other Cheerwine Festival entertainment, activities, and things to enjoy include:

  • Cheerwine-inspired food, including BBQ, desserts, and more, from 35 Carolinian vendors
  • Cheerwine-infused craft beer from a number of regional breweries, such as New Sarum Brewing Company and Cabarrus Brewing Company.
  • Guests can visit the Rowan Museum’s Cheerwine exhibit, which catalogs the company’s long, storied history with rare memorabilia.
  • The Food Lion “Carolina Brands” Experience and sample unique regional flavors from favorites, including Cackalacky.
  • The F&M Bank Kids Zone will include activities and entertainment for kiddos.
  • F&M Bank trolley tours through historic downtown Salisbury, which will highlight a number of interesting Cheerwine sites.
  • Shop for arts and crafts, including unique Cheerwine merchandise, at over 45 vendor booths.

For more information, visit cheerwinefest.com.

2022 Cheerwine Festival Entertainment

  • Blues Traveler

    More than 30 years ago, the four original members of Blues Traveler—John Popper, Chandler Kinchla, Brendan Hill, and the late Bobby Sheehan—gathered in their drummer’s parent’s basement in Princeton, NJ, to jam. From these high school
    sessions emerged a band that would go on to release 13 studio albums and counting, four of which have gone gold, three platinum, and one six-times platinum- selling more than 10 million combined units worldwide. Over an illustrious career Blues Traveler has
    played over 2,000 live shows in front of more than 30 million people, and, in “Run-Around,” had the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history, which earned them a Grammy® for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

  • Spin Doctors

    The American rock quartet from New York City has been entertaining fans with its unique blend of funk, blues and progressive rock for over 30 years. Best known for their early 1990s hits “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong,”
    which peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 7 and No. 17, respectively, the Spin Doctors have released six studio albums, three live albums, four compilation albums and 12 singles.

  • 9daytrip

    This homegrown Carolina band blends soulful blues, country, rock, roots and psychedelic jam to produce an Americana sound all their own.

  • Tsunami Wave Riders

    Originally from Hawaii and now based in Charlotte, the group blends traditional island instruments, like Caribbean steel drums, Hawaiian ukulele and lap-steel guitar, with popular dance rhythms to keep audiences in the island state
    of mind all day and night.

  • Lauren Light Trio

    A pop singer-songwriter, Light is a force to be reckoned with. The Berklee grad has played 800+ shows in over 30 states across the U.S. On stage, she artfully crafts the perfect blend of pop and soulful vocals.