07-20-11-at-the-crown.jpgFrom hockey games to concerts and shows, the Crown Coliseum always provides premier entertainment to our community, and on July 30, it will deliver yet again. On the July 30, the Crown will offer not one, but two dynamic shows that will get you on your feet and out of your seat as it hosts the All Star Rock Concert at 8 p.m. in the Crown Center Theatre and the Carolina Crown Southern MMAs Biggest Bash at 7 p.m. in the coliseum.

The All Star Rock Concert features 1980s artists including John s (Eddie and the Cruisers), Robbie Dupree, Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie, Joe Lynn Turner of Rainbow, Deep Purple and Orleans.

Collectively, the performers have more than 40 top-selling records and dozens of gold and platinum songs between them and they will bring all of your favorites to the stage. The performers will belt out some of the best music of the ‘80s including: “Dancing in the Moonlight,” “Dance with me,” “Steal Away,” “Keep On Smilin’,” “Still the One,” “Stone Cold,” “On The Dark Side,” Smoke On The Water,” “My Woman From Tokyo” and many more.

“This concert will pack more mojo per square inch of stage floor than almost any band we can think of — and they produce an evening of hit songs that audiences know and love, sung by the people that made them hits,” Crown promotional staff say of the concert.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Crown Center Box Offi ce, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by calling 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices for the pit range from $35- $46. Ticket prices for the fl oor range from $25- $35.

If the ‘80s isn’t your scene, maybe you will want to take in the bone crushing action as the Carolina Crown Southern MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Biggest Bash gets under way. This annual event is known as the Super Bowl of the MMA.

Banned for 14 years in the state of North Carolina, mixed-martial arts is a full contact sport. As well as allowing a both striking and grappling, the rules of MMA permit a wide variety of fighting techniques, skills and a mixture of combat sports. Originally the competition was promoted as an effort to find the most effi cient martial arts for real unarmed combat, but rules have been added for the safety of the competitors and mainstream acceptance. It may also be commonly referred to as ultimate fi ghting, pride fi ghting, no-holds barred (NHB), free fighting and cage fighting.

CFP President Doug Muhle says “We are excited that MMA fans in Fayettville will have the chance to witness the awesome intensity of a world class MMA event!

”The event will feature 12 MMA cage fights, with three CFP world MMA titles on the line. The evening will feature nine amateur and three professional MMA cage fights.

A portion of the night’s proceeds will be donated to The Wounded Warrior Foundation.

Tickets are on sale now through the Crown Box Office, ticketmaster.com, all Ticket Master outlets, or by phone 1.800.745.3000. for sponsorship VIP tables and tickets sales, CFP rep Joel White can be contacted at 470-6974. Ticket prices for floor seating range from $42-$ 110. The doors open at 5 p.m., with the event starts at 7p.m.

Photo: Two fighters participating in the Carolina Crown trade blows during a previous event. To see all the action, take in the fights at the Crown on July 30.

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