Third Eye Blind Will Headline Ravens' Countdown to Kickoff Party


Ravens fans can get ready to live the "Semi-Charmed Life," as Third Eye Blind will headline the Ravens' Countdown to Kickoff Party this year.

The Ravens will host the Countdown to Kickoff Party, presented by Miller Lite, on Friday, Sept. 7 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.

Third Eye Blind will be joined by The Struts, an acclaimed U.K. rock band, as just two of the many features at the annual event that celebrates the arrival of football.

Tickets are only $15 in advance for regular admission, $35 for the reserved pit, and can be purchased at beginning today at 10 a.m. All tickets are standing room only.

Since 1997, Third Eye Blind has recorded four best-selling albums. Helped by the singles "Semi-Charmed Life," "Graduate," "How's It Going to Be," "Losing a Whole Year" and "Jumper," their debut album peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard 200 chart, sold six million copies, went seven times platinum and was recently re-released on its 20th Anniversary.

More than two decades later, the band is still going strong. After a 2016 festival run that included appearances at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and others, the band completed a 20th Anniversary celebration last summer and will be touring theaters this fall. On August 24, Third Eye Blind will release a new EP, Thanks for Everything, an unconventional covers collection, mostly of little-known songs.

The Struts also played at the Ravens' Countdown to Kickoff Party in 2015, and have only gotten bigger since. They're fresh off four sold-out nights at the legendary Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles and are currently touring the U.S. opening for the Foo Fighters. The tour includes performances at Madison Square Garden, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Merriweather Post Pavilion and more.

The Struts have also opened for The Rolling Stones, The Who, Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe and The Killers. Fans can listen/share the Struts’ new single, "Body Talks," which will will appear on the band's forthcoming album, Everybody Wants.

Prior to the bands' live performances, the Ravens Countdown to Kickoff Party will also feature a live broadcast of the Ravens Countdown to Kickoff TV Special from 7:30 – 8 p.m. on WBAL-TV. Additionally, there will be appearances by current and former Ravens players, Ravens Cheerleaders, Playmakers and Poe, and the event will have interactive games for fans to enjoy.

Additional activities for Countdown to Kickoff Week (Sept. 4-7), will be announced at a later date.

The Maryland State Fairgrounds is located at 2200 York Road in Lutherville-Timonium and is accessible by MTA on the Timonium Light Rail Stop and the MTA No. 9 bus. Free, on-site parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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