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Acoustic Super Friends (Mansfield, rock)

July 30, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

Acoustic Super Friends is one of Central Ohio's premier acoustic acts. Starring the dynamic duo of Paul Blubaugh and Evan Baisden, this act covers anything from The Who, The Cars, David Bowie, Blood Sweat & Tears, The Rolling Stones, and so many more!

Blue Spectrum (Columbus; blues, rock, and R&B)

Aug. 2, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Main Street Stage

As a self-taught guitarist, diagnosed with autism at 4 years old, it was always Zayne Harshaw’s dream to have a band. Zayne’s dream would become a reality when a Special Olympics teammate of many years joined him as a rhythm guitarist. After adding a bassist, drummer, keyboardist, percussionist, and vocalist, the Columbus-based band came together under the name “Blue Spectrum,” with a sound that incorporates blues, rock, R&B, soul, pop, and jazz.

Bootleg Royale (Fayetteville, AR, rock)

July 29, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Main Street Stage

Hailing from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Bootleg Royale is an energetic, electrifying rock band. Full of rich vocal harmonies, tonally curated guitar riffs, and foot-tapping groove, the band presents a modern take on the nostalgia of classic rock.

Buckeye Blend (Columbus, a capella)

July 27, noon and 2 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

Buckeye Blend is a quartet that has entertained OSU presidents, coaches, and spirited Buckeye fans at tailgate shows and celebrations across Ohio for more than 20 years. The quartet’s mission is to enhance the expectancy of victory and crush any thoughts of defeat through song, smiles, and laughter.

Candace Campana (country and rock)

July 31, 1 p.m. and 2:45 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

Youngstown-based artist, Candace Campana, has a distinct modern country sound with a rock influence. Most of her songs are self-written and have received radio airplay and garnered excitement and praise from listeners.

Chaz and Nicki (Columbus, acoustic)

Aug. 1, noon and 2 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

Chaz and Nicki are a dynamic duo act that creates an upbeat live acoustic show that mixes feel-good classic covers with harmony-rich originals. The duo strives to use their performance to transport listeners to another time and place with fellow music lovers alike.

Cole Ritter & The Night Owls (Nashville, Tenn.; soul, country, and rock)

July 28, 5 p.m. and 7:30, Main Street Stage

Founded in 2019, Cole Ritter and The Night Owls have pioneered new sonic spaces and displayed their home-grown sound that is completely new, yet nostalgic. The all-star backing band, The Night Owls, features a lineup of some of Nashville’s best and brightest up-and-coming instrumentalists and musicians. This award-winning band is helmed by Cole Ritter: a Nashville native who has devoted his life to music.

Deuce ‘n a Quarter (Columbus, blues)

July 31, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Main Street Stage

Deuce 'n a Quarter is built for comfort not speed. But make no mistake, when they perform their original music paired with classic American blues, they are bound to get you moving. Through an authentic connection with their audience and listeners, this band is becoming another American classic. The name alone will take you to a good place.

Ella X (electro-pop)

Aug. 5, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

Ella X is an electro-pop artist with powerful lyrics, catchy melodies, and original beats. Each performance is unique as she records live and builds loops with her synths to add color, texture, and depth to the tracks bringing the songs to life right in front of her audience’s eyes.

Ghost Story (Columbus; folk, rock, soul, and pop)

Aug. 4, noon and 2 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

The acoustic trio was born out of a friendship formed at Capital University’s Conservatory of Music. Ghost Story covers songs that are a mixture of folk, classic rock, soul, and pop. Their intimacy while performing will remind you of singing songs around a campfire.

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers (Xenia, bluegrass)

July 26, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Main Street Stage

Named Entertainers of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2019, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers have consistently delivered chart-topping radio hits and energetic performances for nearly 15 years. The Radio Ramblers are seen by tens of thousands of bluegrass fans every year and have generated an in-demand following on the national scene, allowing them to be one of today’s most heralded torch-bearers in mainstream bluegrass and gospel music.

Justin Larkin (Springfield, Mo., soul and rock)

July 26, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

Justin Larkin is a Missouri-based singer-songwriter who has spent over 15 years playing across the Midwest with various musical groups, as well as a one-man band. His music hones in on a distinct and hearty blend of roots, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll.

Lil’ Red & The Rooster (blues)

Aug. 3, noon and 2 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

Lil’ Red & The Rooster is a sassy and soothing blues duo that has been fine-tuning their style and performance for over a decade. This duo exudes a charm on stage that guarantees their audience will feel good with their retro-modern music.

Lisa Carrington (Columbus, rock)

Aug. 6, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

Lisa Carrington is best known as the lead vocalist in the classic rock band, Waterloo 5. Not only can this Ohio native sing, but she can also play guitar and harmonica. Lisa has been singing since she was in high school, started performing with her first band in the early 2000s, and later formed Waterloo 5 in 2016.

NACHO Street Band (Columbus, horn)

July 30, 2 p.m., Main Street Stage

NACHO Street Band is made up of Nationwide Children's Hospital staff, families and friends working to raise awareness and money for the hospital and the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio. The band’s nearly 70 members hold the shared belief that music is medicine. Its diverse set list incorporates many genres including classic hits, New Orleans jazz, funk, cartoon, and pop.

New Frontiers- Journey Tribute (Lima, cover band)

July 30, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Main Street Stage

With a focus on recreating the classic sound of Journey in every performance, New Frontiers is the definitive Journey tribute band. The band gives proper due to the music of one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time, playing all the memorable hits from Evolution to Trial by Fire.\

Open Highway (bluegrass)

Aug. 2, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

This band is built on traditional bluegrass sound with a mix of solid instrumentation and vocals. Open Highway takes pride in their ability to perform original material while also sharing their love of performing on stage and inspiring crowd involvement with their live performances.

Party Punch (Dayton, pop)

Aug. 6, 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Main Street Stage

The new Party Punch band is coming to the Fair with some familiar faces and some brand-new ones. Still partying for a living, the band promises to deliver the area's best dance party everywhere it goes. Don’t get too comfortable in your seat, this group will have you on your feet in no time!

Raven Rae (Cleveland; pop, jazz, and R&B)

July 27, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Main Street Stage

Raven Rae is a high-energy modern performer who bridges the gap between the classics and the contemporary. As a vocal chameleon, Raven Rae fuses together neo soul, pop, jazz, and R&B through dynamic and dramatic performances.

Roxy Janes (Columbus, rock)

Aug. 3, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Main Street Stage

This talented group consists of five women who are musical veterans in the Columbus area and beyond. Their love of music led them to form an all-female rock band: the Roxy Janes. Every concert with this group is a celebration you won’t want to miss!

Ryan Mundy (Nashville, Tenn., country)

July 28, noon and 2 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

Central Ohio native, Ryan Mundy, has been seen performing his style of rockin' country music everywhere from the Ohio State Fair, Country Concert 2019, CMA Fest 22', Hollywood Casino, Miami-Valley Gaming, Whiskey Jam, the Listening Room, and many other venues and festivals across the country.

School of Rock — Student Band (Columbus, rock)

Aug. 5, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Main Street Stage

The School of Rock bands from Dublin and Gahanna provide their schools’ most talented students with the opportunity to play routinely in front of live audiences. The students are leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community, but now, they get the opportunity to put their rock-ability on full display.

Shazzbots (Columbus, children’s music)

Aug. 6, noon and 2 p.m., Main Street Stage

The intergalactic rock band and champions of music, art, and all things creative blast off for adventure in their Space Winnebago to spread their rocking tunes to all the children of the cosmos. For over 10 years, The Shazzbots have been entertaining kids and parents of all ages with their unique brand of music, adventure, and fun!

Simba Jordan (Columbus, country)

Aug. 4, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Main Street Stage

The Simba Jordan Band started in 2010 with influences from country artists such as Randy Travis, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Prince, and Michael Jackson. The Simba Jordan Band vows to “bring it” at every show with their high energy performances.

Steve Madewell (folk)

July 29, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

Steve Madewell is an Ohio-based singer-songwriter who performs both locally and across the nation. His songs are shaped by his passion for the natural world and the amazing places he's seen on his travels as a former park conservationist.

Yumbambé (Columbus, Latin jazz)

Aug. 1, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Main Street Stage

The eclectic mix of authentic percussion instruments and vocals makes Yumbambé a unique and exciting group. The band includes some of Columbus’ most prominent jazz musicians who have performed at countless clubs and festivals, including the Columbus Arts Festival, Festival Latino, and ComFest.

We are no longer accepting materials for the 2023 Ohio State Fair. Promotional materials from performers wanting to play at the 2022 Ohio State Fair were only accepted through January 31, 2023. If you are interested in being considered for the 2024 Ohio State Fair, please check back in September 2023 for a contact form to submit your information.

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