The Cold War Kids

The Cold War Kids will perform at this year's Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

It’s going to be a hometown show for Cold War Kids as they headline the Saturday night concert at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 13, race officials announced Wednesday.

Formerly known as the “Rock-N-Roar” concert before Acura became the new title sponsor for the race this year, the show will take place on the plaza in front of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center and is free to Saturday race ticket holders.

Made up of Nathan Willett (lead vocals, guitar), Matt Maust (Bass guitar), Joe Plummer (drums), David Quon (guitar, backing vocals) and Matthew Schwartz (keyboards, backing vocals), the indie rockers formed in 2004 and have since released six albums, including 2014’s “Hold My Home,” which earned the band a spot on the Billboard Alternative charts for the song “First.”

They also have performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival three times since 2008 and have earned a loyal following thanks to songs like “Hang Me up to Dry,” another tune that became a radio hit for the band.

The Grand Prix’s “Fiesta Friday” concert, which features a Latin band, also will return this year, said Chris Esslinger, director of communications for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. An announcement on the headliner for that show is expected early next week.

—Richard Guzman/SCNG

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