2023 Year in review! Jiffy Lube Live 2023 highlights.
What a great year it has been for music enthusiasts in Bristow, Virginia! The iconic Jiffy Lube Live has been the center of the territory’s entertainment scene since opening in 1995. And every year, the state-of-the-art amphitheater delivers a plethora of world-class performers! For the year 2023 in particular, Jiffy Lube Live hosted plenty of big-name bands and artists, all performing incredible shows and giving viewers memories that will last a lifetime! Genres ranged from country music to pop, R&B, hip-hop, indie rock, heavy metal, and many more! Aside from headlining concerts, the venue was also home to a number of exhilarating music festivals! Located in the heart of Bristow, Jiffy Lube Live can house up to 25,000 guests! Can you imagine how many spectators went to see amazing shows in 2023?! With several sold-out shows this year, we reckon it’s a big number! So, here’s a review of the most exciting spectacles that made 2023 awesome for music lovers!
Like many of the U.S.’s major venues, Jiffy Lube Live opened the spring season with a massive performance by pop icon Janet Jackson. The legendary songstress brought the Together Again Tour to the Jiffy Lube Live. The night opened with a performance by special guest Ludacris. After his high-energy set, Janet Jackson took the stage. A lot of incredible hits like “Together Again,” “Doesn’t Really Matter,” “The Best Things in Life Are Free,” and a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Scream.” All in all, Jackson performed 40 songs that night, and fans were thrilled to have an extensive setlist with outstanding production!
summer concert season
The month of June they were opened with the remarkable Dead & Company. The Grateful Dead spin-off band, comprising original members Bobby Weir, Oteil Bubridhe, and Mickey Hart, is on its last tour as a band. Together with their Grammy Award-winning blues singer-songwriter John Mayer, Dead & Company delivered countless Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia hits. Since the disbandment of the Grateful Dead, fans have experienced a void. Nothing really came close to the legendary band, who pioneered extended jams, infusion of various genres, intricate segues, and remarkable instrumental solos. Dead & Co had a formula that caught the attention of Deadheads (Grateful Dead fans) across the world. Having original members of the Dead helped, but their dynamic with John Mayer created something special. Hence, their farewell tour attracted tens of thousands of fans. That night on Saturday, 3rd June, the Jiffy Lube Live was packed to the brim. Needless to say, it was an awesome night, and the show will be talked about for months and years to come.
Less than a week after Dead & Company completed their show, Jiffy Lube Live was occupied by a completely different set of acts on Friday, 9th June. This time, it was a highly-anticipated co-headlining tour by TLC and Shaggy. The concert, titled the Hot Summer Nights, featured the phenomenal hits of the ‘90s and early 2000s sensations. Moreover, En Vouge and Sean Kingston served as the night’s special guests. A more modern R&B icon took the stage at Jiffy Lube Live a week later after the retrospective trip by Shaggy and TLC. Kehlani, Syd and UMI. The mini-festival, titled Say It Loud. It was an immersive experience with outstanding music, breathtaking visuals, and electrifying energy. Many described it as a “soul-stirring” night with performers delivering their career-spanning hits.
A summer concert season is not complete without the influx of country singers. The phenomenal Kane Brown brought his brand of country pop tunes to Bristow on Saturday, 24th June. His show at the Jiffy Lube Live featured excellent support acts, such as Gabby Barrett and Restless Road.
The following month, Jiffy Lube Live opened with incredible performances from rock icons Fall Out Boy, Bring Me the Horizon, Royal & the Serpent, and CARR. You can just imagine how much energy filled the amphitheater when these high-caliber rock bands took the stage. Titled So Much for Our Dust, the concert was Fall Out Boy’s headlining outing that promoted their latest album, which came out in the spring of 2023. Ultimately, Wednesday, 19th July, was a brilliant rager with headbang-worthy hits and fan favorites.
On Saturday, 22nd July, Godsmack and Stain joined forces to deliver a co-headlining concert. It was a stuff of legends as the purveyors of early 2000s hard rock performed a myriad of iconic hits, such as Godsmack’s “I Stand Alone,” “Bulletproof,” and “Awake,” and Staind’s “It’s Been a While,” “So Far Away,” “ and “Outside.” That month, the Jiffy Lube Live also hosted a number of heavy metal acts like Mudvayne, Coal Chamber, Gwar, Nonpoint, and Butcher Babies. Meanwhile, rock icons like Culture Club and Matchbox Twenty also performed sold-out shows. Hip-hop also took some part in Jiffy Lube Live’s line-up for July as Post Malone brought his If Y’All Weren’t Here I’d Be Crying Tour to town. Kendall, who traveled from Chesapeake, shared her experience in a review. “Our experience was pretty smooth. Even leaving wasn’t too terrible.” She added that planning accordingly was crucial in making the experience a good one. Meanwhile, her group also enjoyed the accommodation, which was located a mere 15 minutes from the venue.
Lastly, the monster country powerhouse Dierks Bentley, brought his Gravel & Gold Tour to Jiffy Lube Live. The night featured many special guests, such as Jordan Davis, Hot Country Knights, and The Cadillac Three.
In August, Jiffy Lube Live had a variety of performers. Hip-hop legends Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa moved in on Tuesday, 1st August, for the High School Reunion Tour. This coveted concert, which took over 20 years in the making, featured some of the hottest rappers in the circuit, including Warren G, Berner, Too $hortm, and DJ Drama. In less than a week, 50 Cent brought his Final Lap Tour into town. He was accompanied by his friends Busta Rhymes and Jeremih.
A concert season is only complete with a visit from The Chief. The monster touring group of country superstars led by Eric Church came in on Saturday, 5th August, and it attracted a ton of fans. When we say a ton, we mean the venue was a full house! Eric Church’s The Outsiders Revival Tour was the biggest tour of the season in the country music world. Fans didn’t let this opportunity slide and flocked to Jiffy Lube Live for a glimpse of the multi-award-winning singer-songwriter. That same month, Jelly Roll, Ashley McBryde, and John Adam Meyers also provided fans with their much-needed country music fix. Meanwhile, heavy metals fans got a taste of Swedish-style bangers as Amon Amart and Ghost brought the house down on Thursday, 24th August. Mary from Raleigh shared her amazing experience. “My daughter and I were going to drive in from Raleigh (4.5 hours or so) to see Ghost, and I didn’t want to end up stuck in a parking lot and missing the show. I didn’t want to spring for the VIP parking, but did pay for premium parking. The parking lot was scheduled to open at 4:30. We were in line by 4:45 and parked by 5:00. Parking was pretty simple and easy.” Mary and her daughter enjoyed the venue’s various concessionaires. Still, more importantly, she described the show as “awesome,” and both she and her daughter had an “amazing time.”
Before saying goodbye to summer, Jiffy Lube Live was visited by several more high-energy shows from Pantera, Lamb of God, Bob Moese, TOKiMONSTRA, and more. Latin music sensation Fuerza Regida also came in and delivered their unique brand of urban and cumbia staples.
Jiffy Lube Live has made it a mission to provide visitors with the ultimate concert and festival experience. The venue boasts impressive facilities, guest services, and ample parking. As long as you plan the trip accordingly, you can enjoy the outdoor concert experience without any hiccups! The year 2024 is already fully packed with announced concerts and festivals! Be sure to check out the line-up of events at Jiffy Lube Live!