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Please check back later for 2023 Ohio State Fair information. See you at the 2023 Ohio State Fair July 26 - Aug. 6!

Free Concerts in the WCOL Celeste Center

Additional Free Live Music

Anna Lynn Ferris (Dayton, country and rock)

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

Dayton born singer Anna Lynn Ferris began her musical career in a bluegrass band at a young age before moving to South Carolina when
she was 12 years old. Upon her graduation, Anna moved to live out her dreams in the music industry in Nashville. She now plays regular shows at various venues in Nashville and expanded her statewide following to a nationwide audience.

Arch City Lights (Columbus, pop, soul, R&B)

Aug. 7, 4:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m., Main Street Stage

This Columbus-based group is diverse in its musical range. From today’s top 40 hits to classic oldies, Arch City Lights can do it all.

Clayton Mann (country)

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

Young Clayton Mann began cutting his musical teeth in the dive bars of busy Chicago at the ripe age of 11 years-old. Pulling inspiration from classic country stars and rock n’ roll icons, the down-home country singer brings high energy to his performances that are sprinkled with some soul and rock variety amidst his country sound.

Cody Joe Hodges (country)

Aug. 4, Noon & 2 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

Influenced by many legends who paved the roads of country music before him, Cody Joe Hodges derives his sounds from '80s and '90s country. Reaching out across the stage, the high-energy performer is for both younger and older generations.

Crabgrass (Ashland, bluegrass)

Aug. 7, 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

From traditional to modern bluegrass, Crabgrass has been honing its skills for many years. With a growing fan base and loaded schedule, Crabgrass is leaving its mark, and sound, all over Central Ohio.

Dustin Kines (Ohio-bred, Nashville-based, country pop/rock)

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

From growing up in Ohio to performing for audiences in Nashville, Tennessee, Dustin Kines is a big-time act you won’t want to miss.

Eric Atkinson (The Plains, country rock)

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

Country music artist and songwriter Eric Atkinson has strong roots in the heart of Ohio. From The Plains in Athens County, Eric has performed across the region at Athens Tractor Heritage Show, Walker Turnpike West Virginia MTM music fest, the Hard Rock Café in Nashville, and others.

Faye (Grove City, raw indie rock)

Aug. 7, Noon & 2 p.m., Main Street Stage

Once a guitarist/singer-songwriter, Faye has transformed into a local award-winning full band. The indie group's songs, which have been played at venues beyond the borders of Ohio, draw inspiration from personal experience and famous artists from a variety of genres.

George Barrie Band (Columbus, rock)

Aug. 3, Noon & 2 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

Rock out to some groovy rock 'n' roll tunes with this local band. This rock band can be found playing all around the Columbus area.

The George Martins (Cleveland, your Beatles favorites)

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

Setting in the middle of a rich music community in Cleveland, The George Martins have made their mark on local music through experience, talent, passion, and community.

Ghost Story — Modern Acoustic Trio (Columbus, pop, indie, rock)

Aug. 5, Noon & 2 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

What doesn’t Ghost Story do? Performing a blend of pop, indie, and rock music, this local acoustic trio has tunes to satisfy every music lover. Enjoy some of your favorite songs played as acoustic covers.

Honey & Blue Band (Columbus, pop, soul, R&B)

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

The Columbus-based duo formed their small band while working in a restaurant in Los Angeles. Writing music together for a year before officially forming Honey & Blue Band, the musicians performed at LA venues before returning to the Midwest to continue work on their musical careers.

The Jay Wiley Band (Pittsburgh, rock)

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

The Jay Wiley Band, based in Pittsburgh, shares their talent across the state of Ohio. Rock out with this talented group on opening day of
the Fair!

Jess Kellie Adams (Country)

July 27, Noon & 2 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

Country singer Jess Kellie Adams inspires her audience to cherish the value of family, reflect on memories and chase their dreams. The Ohio native pulls inspiration from some of country music’s greatest talents as she sings about her own life experiences. Adams is a must-see act who has spent years perfecting her sound in the heart of Nashville.

Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers (Bluegrass)

July 28, 4:30 p.m., Natural Resources Park amphitheater

Grand Ole Opry regulars Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers will head to Mullins’ home state for a special performance under the shade in the Natural Resources Park amphitheater. The banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and vocals combine to create an energetic mix of authentic bluegrass and gospel music.

Lil’ Red & The Rooster (Westerville, blues)

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

The 2019 International Blues Challenge Finalists are certain to dazzle fairgoers with their contagious charm and love for blues. Jennifer Milligan and Pascal Fouquet bring a blend of original and fresh music inspired by their love of old-time blues to every energetic performance. Get ready to hop up to your feet and dance along with this stunning group.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Drum & Bugle Corps

Aug. 5, 10 a.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

The all-brass and percussion band is made up of members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Old Forge (Kent, country, rock, blues)

Aug. 6, Noon & 2 p.m., Main Street Stage

The up-and-coming Kent-based band covers some of country, rock, and blues greatest artists. Bringing the love and fun of live music to their community and beyond, fairgoers won’t want to miss the opportunity to see this great local band.

Open Highway Bluegrass Band (Columbus, bluegrass)

Aug. 3 & 4, 4:30 p.m., Natural Resources Park amphitheater

This band is built on a solid, traditional bluegrass band sound, along with solid instrumentation, vocals, and taking pride in originating and performing their own material; and most of all sharing their enjoyment performing on stage and getting the crowds involved in their performance.

Paul Rosewood (Yorkshire, modern country)

July 31, 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

Paul Rosewood is a country music artist from Ohio who frequently takes his talents to Nashville. Thanks to his years of touring experience, Paul delivers a high-energy act to every audience. Sharing the stage with many famous country artists, as well as working
with great writers and producers, has helped the simple small-town boy grow into a must-see act.

PJ North (Gahanna, country pop)

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

Born and raised in Central Ohio, PJ North grew up loving two things — race cars and music. As a child, if PJ wasn’t racing, he was writing and recording music. As a singer-songwriter, PJ has blurred the lines between country music and hip-hop to develop his own country sound.

Raquel & The Wildflowers (Country rock)

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

Imagine a blissful blend between classic rock and modern country. The close-knit group that formed in 2019 has quickly claimed national listeners with their energetic blend of country and rock.

Reyna & Dana (Dayton, pop/rock)

Aug. 1, Noon & 2 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

Performing together for over 10 years, Reyna & Dana have perfected their sound over the years to become one of Dayton’s favorite local duos.

Ruvane (Columbus, singer-songwriter)

July 29, Noon & 2 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

Ruvane describes his music as folk with a rock edge. For more than 20 years, this artist has performed his acoustic folk-rock tunes all
over the country including performances for presidential candidates and foreign dignitaries.

Son Gitano (Cleveland, Latin Fusion)

Aug. 6, 5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Main Street Stage

Jumping into the Cleveland music scene in 2009, San Gitano began blending sounds from Spain, South America, Puerto Rico and the United States to create the ultimate Latin fusion. Audiences will experience the band’s dynamic cultural energy through its sound and vivacious dancing.

Taylon Hope (Country)

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

Performing since she was 4 years old, Taylon has spent many years perfecting her passionate sound that’s derived from both classic and modern country. The North Carolina native moved to Nashville to pursue her passion of singing and writing music. She has since achieved her dream of performing on the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage.

Theo Perry (Columbus, acoustic electric soul)

Aug. 2, Noon & 2 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

Born and raised in Ohio, Theo Perry relocated from Cleveland to Columbus over 15 years ago and has since developed as a singer, guitarist, recording artist, and live musician. Theo’s sound ranges between acoustic, soul, and R&B.

Waterloo 5 (Columbus, classic rock)

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

Catch a wide range of rock that you know and love with Waterloo 5. This Columbus-based band will leave you energized and singing, even long after the show ends.

Will Freed (Columbus, blues)

July 28, Noon & 2 p.m., AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage

Growing up as a neighbor to Ohio in West Virginia, Will Freed has been around music his entire life. Being raised by a guitar player led this talented blues musician to a life of passionate songwriting and music. Moving to Columbus in 2010, Will Freed’s career really took off, leading him to become a local staple.

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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