Mike Powell to perform The Crown Lacrosse Classic pregame concert and at 2019 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft afterparty at Blackfinn Ameripub

The Crown Lacrosse Classic and Blackfinn Ameripub announced today folk songwriter Mike Powell will perform at The Crown Lacrosse Classic and Blackfinn Ameripub during the 2019 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft afterparty. Powell will play the pregame shows at the Sportsplex at Matthews on Friday, March 8 from 4-5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, March 10 from 11:30 - 1 p.m. Powell will also perform at Blackfinn Ameripub in Ballantyne on March 9 from 9-11 p.m.

“We want the weekend of March 8 to be a celebration of the lacrosse world in the south,” said The Crown Lacrosse Classic co-founder Chris Schiller. “Bringing in Mike Powell to play three sets and Blackfinn in the Ballantyne Village as our official tailgating venue together as our sponsor, continues our goal of making this the ultimate experience for lacrosse fans. Mike is one of the best lacrosse players of all time who is now an extremely talented artist. We can’t wait to expose his great music to those coming to the Crown.”

“Blackfinn is excited to partner with this fantastic event coming to our city,” said Blackfinn Managing Partner Jeremy Ashe. “With lacrosse having become such a huge part of the local high school sports scene over the last few years as well as the growing popularity of the professional team – Charlotte Hounds – we feel honored to be a part of bringing more exposure to this great sport. Being able to bring Mike Powell to the Village Plaza will provide our guests an up close concert experience that they cannot get anywhere around here! We hope this partnership adds to the success of the Crown Lacrosse event and helps grow it for years to come!”

Powell is no stranger to the lacrosse community. The Syracuse alum enjoyed both an illustrious collegiate and professional career. The Orangeman was a four-time First Team All-American, and a four-time finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy, one of just two players to win the award twice. He led Syracuse to two national championships and in 2004 Powell scored 89 points (47 goals, 42 assists), surpassing the Syracuse record shared by his two older brothers to become the all-time leading scorer at Syracuse with 307 points.

Powell later joined Major League Lacrosse and was drafted by the then Baltimore Bayhawks, where he led the team to a league title.

Mike Powell is a traveling storyteller and prolific writer who garnered international attention with his song “Twenty One Rounds” written as part of the Acoustic Guitar Project. NYS Music dubbed him “one of the premier singer/songwriters in music today.” Powell has toured with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion and shared the stage with David Lindley, Martin Sexton, Shooter Jennings & many more. His sound is honest, songs are heartfelt and his shows are real.

Mike Powell is currently writing for his fifth solo release while playing a summer full of northeast tour dates. The latest single, Twenty One Rounds, is a story of a fallen Navy sailor and was conceived when Powell was selected to participate in the Acoustic Guitar Project in 2016. The studio version was released via Powell’s social media channels on Memorial Day 2018. It was delivered to streaming services for a wider release two weeks later. A solo EP is expected late summer 2018 and another record from Mike Powell & The Black River is slated for early 2019. Powell will return to the road in 2019 bringing the new music to venues nationally.

Connect with Mike Powell

Find Mike Powell online at Facebook, Instagram, and at his personal website. For more information and booking, click here or contact Charley Orlando here.

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