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April 5, 2014

Final Four concerts feature Springsteen

DALLAS (AP) — The Boss will close out three days of performances around the Final Four in Dallas that are part of a music festival that has evolved into a blockbuster event.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will take the stage Sunday at the NCAA March Madness Music Festival.

Andrew Dost of the pop-rock trio fun., which will perform before Springsteen, said there’s a different kind of energy at performances that are part of the swirl of excitement surrounding major sporting events.

“I’m really excited just for the energy that will be in town, to be a part of that energy, and hopefully people can sing along and have some fun, have some really good moments,” said Dost, whose band’s hit songs include “We Are Young” and “Some Nights.”

And of course, he said, there’s the thrill of playing as part of a lineup that includes Springsteen, which he calls “a dream come true.”

‘‘We definitely want to play as hard and as well and with as much intensity and joy as we possibly can because we’re sharing a stage with one of the greatest performers who has ever lived, so we want to live up to that as best we can,” he said.

The outdoor festival, which can hold a capacity of about 40,000, will be held at downtown Dallas’ Reunion Park, which was once the site of Reunion Arena before it was demolished in 2009.

The arena, former home to the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars, hosted the Final Four in 1986.

This year’s Final Four will be held at the massive stadium in nearby Arlington where the Dallas Cowboys play.

The festival started out as a one-day event in its first year and has expanded to three days of offerings, which in recent years have included Jimmy Buffett, Sting and Kenny Chesney.

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