Raleigh, N.C. — This year‘s N.C. State Fair musical lineup includes a YouTube duo, a Durham native who appeared on NBC‘s “The Voice” and a Michael Jackson tribute band.
Dubbed the , the series features a collection of concerts run Oct. 11-21 at Dorton Arena and at various stages throughout the fair. All shows are free to attend with a paid admission ticket to the fair.
“Our ag industry is one of the most diverse in the country, but you could say the same about the musical acts that call North Carolina home,” Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said. “This year’s Homegrown Music Fest features beach, heavy metal, jazz, country, gospel, Latin, bluegrass, rock, reggae, psychedelic and rhythm and blues.”
Seating for all Dorton Arena shows are first come, first served. Guests can lineup starting at 6 p.m. for each show. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and shows will start at 7:30 p.m.
The Homegrown Music Fest also includes performers on the Waterfall and Heritage Circle Bluegrass stages. Times on those stages vary.
American Aquarium, a Raleigh-based Southern rock band, will kick things off at Dorton Arena on Thursday, Oct. 11.
Katie Brasden, a Durham native who appeared on NBC‘s “The Voice,” will perform on Friday, Oct. 12, on the Waterfall Stage. Later that night, Rhett and Link, a YouTube duo hailing from Buies Creek, will play Dorton Arena. The pair is known for their comedic songs, sketches and a daily talk show on the platform.
The music series closes out on Sunday, Oct. 21, with the Michael Jackson tribute band, Who‘s Bad.
Homegrown Music Fest shows schedule:
- Thursday, Oct. 11
Waterfall Stage: The Sunday Special
Heritage Bluegrass Circle Stage: Honey Magpie
Dorton Arena: American Aquarium
- Friday, Oct. 12:
Waterfall Stage: Porch Light Apothecary, Katie Basden, Frontside, 6 String Drag
Heritage Bluegrass Circle Stage: Sweet Potato Pie
Dorton Arena: Rhett & Link: Live in Concert
- Saturday, Oct. 13
Waterfall Stage: The Pinkerton Raid, S.E. Ward, Madison Jay & Friends, Anne-Claire
Heritage Bluegrass Circle Stage: David Childers
Dorton Arena: A Night of Worship with Faith Church
- Sunday, Oct. 14
Waterfall Stage: Jump Mountain, Caroline Dare, Shark Quest, DownTown Abby & The Echoes
Heritage Bluegrass Circle Stage: Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express
Dorton Arena: Mr. Potato Head
- Monday, Oct. 15
Waterfall Stage: Los Acoustic Guys, Mountain Top Polka Band, Jack the Radio
Heritage Bluegrass Circle Stage: Carolina Line Bluegrass Band
- Dorton Arena: RaeLynn with Bucky Covington
- Tuesday, Oct. 16
Waterfall Stage: The Ban Sorelle, Flor Y Canto, Moonshine
Heritage Bluegrass Circle Stage: Clint Alphin
Dorton Arena: Noche Latina
- Wednesday, Oct. 17
Waterfall Stage: 440th Army Band, Military Uniform Revue
Heritage Bluegrass Circle Stage: Graham‘s Number
Dorton Arena: Summer Brooke & The Mountain Faith Band with Britton Buchanan
- Thursday, Oct. 18
Waterfall Stage: Lowderstill, The Hot at Nights, LaureNicole
Heritage Bluegrass Circle Stage: Big Fat Gap
Dorton Arena: The War & Treaty with New Reveille
- Friday, Oct. 19
Waterfall Stage: The Dapper Conspiracy, XOXOK, Bat Fangs, Super Grit Cowboy Band
Heritage Bluegrass Circle Stage: Brad Hudson Band
Dorton Arena: Between the Buried & Me
- Saturday, Oct. 20:
Waterfall Stage: Coby James, Sons of Paradise, Earther, The Veldt
Heritage Bluegrass Circle Stage: Shannon Baker & The Classic Stepbacks
Dorton Arena: The Catalinas
- Sunday, Oct. 21
Waterfall Stage: Reese McHenry, Aaron Hamm & The Big River Band, Vaughn, Eric Gales
Heritage Bluegrass Circle Stage: Cuttin Grass
Dorton Arena: Who‘s Bad