Snoop Dogg among first acts at Round Rock Amp, formerly known as Nutty Brown
After several opening delays, the Nutty Brown Amphitheatre, announced its concert lineup for its new Round Rock venue, including Snoop Dogg, fresh off his Super Bowl halftime appearance.
Additionally, the amphitheater has been rechristened as the Round Rock Amp.
“The opening of Round Rock Amp will bring more first-class entertainment to town,” said Mayor Craig Morgan. “We look forward to this new venue attracting great artists to our community, and the additional benefits it will provide for our citizens.”
Mike Farr, who owns the amphitheater, initially announced construction of the venue would finish in 2018. Since then, the finish date has moved several times.
Farr did not respond to interview requests on the opening of the venue.
The new location, at 3701 Interstate 35, will be at the former McNeil Park south of the University Oaks Shopping Center. It will include a general admission area and reserved seating to accommodate concerts, festivals and community events.
The first phase of construction is underway and includes an improved fire lane and concrete pad for stages, said city spokesperson Sara Bustilloz.
"The facilities in this first phase are temporary in nature and what one would encounter at an annual festival at a park site," Bustilloz said.
Plans to move the Nutty Brown Amphitheatre from U.S. 290 just southwest of Austin to Round Rock were first announced by the owners in 2015.
In 2018, the City Council approved an economic development agreement with TOTKN LLC, the parent company of Nutty Brown, that has the city rebating the venue all of its city property taxes for the first two years of operation, followed by 75% for the third year, 50% for the fourth year and 25% for the fifth year.
To qualify for those incentives, Round Rock Amp must spend at least $10 million to build a restaurant, bar and amphitheater, and create 40 jobs within its first two years of operation. The city is also set to waive as much as $30,000 in development fees.
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For more information on Round Rock Amp and to purchase tickets, visit roundrockamp.com.