ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — If you’re looking for a fun way to kick off your weekend in the Star City, you’re in luck because you can party with a purpose at ‘The Dog Bowl Concert Series!’

The Dog Bowl Concert Series‘ is kicking off its 2022 season on Saturday, May 14 with The Ben Trout Band at The Dog Bowl — located on a strip of land between Black Dog Salvage and the Roanoke River Greenway.

Black Dog Salvage is partnering with First Fridays, Roanoke’s original ‘Party with a Purpose,’ to manage the concert series, which will feature the following bands and food trucks:

  • May 14
    • Ben Trout Band
    • Fergusons Family Provisions
  • June 11
    • Eric Wayne Band
    • Lazy Bulldog Food Truck
  • July 9
    • The Kings
    • Rock & Roll Diner
  • Aug. 13
    • The Blinky Moon Boys
    • Ken & Jayne’s Burgers & Dogs
  • Sept. 17
    • JoJo Stockton & Solacoustix
    • Lazy Bulldog Food Truck

WFXR News’ Hazelmarie Anderson stopped by Black Dog Salvage ahead of Saturday’s show to speak with Black Dog Salvage’s co-owners Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside, First Fridays’ Molly Henry, and Ben Trout from The Ben Trout Band about the event during “Good Day Virginia.”

Then, Whiteside and The Ben Trout Band joined “WFXR News at Noon” to discuss the concert series before providing another special performance.

All proceeds from the concerts — including the $5 admission for those over the age of 12, as well as the $5 beer and wine tickets — are set to support various local non-profits.

Organizers say gates will open at 5 p.m., with the shows running from 6 to 9 p.m.

All ages are welcome at these events, but you need to bring an ID for a 21+ wristband, as well as a blanket or chair since you’ll be sitting on the lawn. You are also encouraged to walk, bike, or take a rideshare to the event.

Attendees should not to bring outside food, beverages, pets, weapons, pop-up tents, or umbrellas. In addition, bags are subject to search.

If there is inclement weather, any changes will be made by 1 p.m. on the day of the show.