Entertainment Booking Information – 2016 Ohio State Fair

Musical Entertainment at Outdoor Stages

Promotional materials from musicians and bands wishing to perform at the outdoor stages during the 2016 Ohio State Fair will be accepted between September and October of 2015. After this time, no materials will be accepted. Materials can be sent to Brett Chance, Entertainment Director at 717 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43211, or b.chance@expo.state.oh.us.

Non-Musical Entertainment at Outdoor Stages and Roving Entertainment

Promotional materials from non-musical entertainers wanting to play at the 2016 Ohio State Fair will be accepted between September and December of 2015 only. All non-music related entertainers wishing to be considered for the Ohio State Fair may email a promotional packet to Mark Sparks of Triangle Talent, Inc. at marksparks@earthlink.net between September and December of 2015 only. After this time, no materials will be accepted.

2015 Free Live Music

Sugar Creek

July 29 (1:30 and 3:30 pm, Gazebo Stage)

This young, energetic group of siblings from Central Ohio strives to preserve bluegrass music. Since 2012, they have been performing traditional bluegrass and gospel music.

Runaway Dorothy

July 29 (5 and 7:30 pm, Main Street Stage presented by CD102.5)

This Brooklyn-based band is known for their rustic and refined music, mesmerizingly melancholy vocals and achingly beautiful harmonies. The talented folk/country group has been featured on Fox News and the popular video blog The Rock Office.

Steve Rivers

July 30 (Noon and 2 pm, Gazebo Stage)

This young recording artist and songwriter has been turning heads in country music with his fresh and exciting songs. His newly released album, “Temptations,” features 10 relatable songs that leave his fans wanting more.

Says She

July 30 (5 and 7:30 pm, Main Street Stage presented by CD102.5)

Says She is an expressive rock band that began in Oxford, Ohio where all members of the band attended and met at Miami University. After college, the band continued to fine-tune their unique style, blending bluesy vocals, metal-style percussion and rock rhythm.

Myah Evans

July 31 (Noon and 2 pm, Gazebo Stage)

Myah Evans’ love for music began at a young age. By 14, she was composing full songs with an acoustic guitar loaned to her by a friend; a guitar that she still plays today. This self-taught musician and guitarist has devoted her life to creating, performing and inspiring other young artists with her indie/folk music.

Little Patch of Soul

July 31 (5 and 7:30 pm, Main Street Stage presented by CD102.5)

This blues and soul group was formed in Columbus in early 2014. Don’t be fooled by their recent beginning – Little Patch of Soul is comprised of veteran musicians who have performed in many different bands of all genres. The band’s unique sound helps their audience discover new music to love, with an old school groove.

John Schmid

August 1 (11:30 am and 1:30 pm, Gazebo Stage)

Minister and musician John Schmid’s unique blend of country, folk and gospel music make him extremely enjoyable and relatable to everyone. John, is the founder and director of Common Ground Ministries in Berlin, Ohio, ministers at more than 50 prisons, 30 churches, 40 banquets, a handful of camps, and a street fair or two in a typical year.

Ashley Winters

August 1 (5 and 7:30 pm, Main Street Stage presented by CD102.5)

This versatile singer-songwriter drives country music in a refreshing new direction. Her unique style and demanding stage presence earned her a spotlight in CMA Closeup. Ashley has performed around the country, including the Taste of Country Music Festival where she opened for Brantley Gilbert, Eric Paslay and Dierks Bentley.

Chaquis Maliq

August 2 (11:30 am and 1 pm, Gazebo Stage)

This multi-talented artist takes ownership of her musical career by writing and producing her own music. Chaquis was originally a poet and theatrical spoken word artist whose love for playing the piano and guitar helped her dive into the world of music. Her performances feature warm, melodic, sweet blues and honey jazz sounds.

The Soul Brothers

August 2 (5 and 7:30 pm, Main Street Stage presented by CD102.5)

The Soul Brothers are known for their white socks, signature hat and sunglasses and their tribute to The Blues Brothers. Their performance is fast-paced, high-energy and includes all of the Brothers’ favorite songs that audiences love.

Greg Burroughs

August 3 (Noon and 2 pm, Gazebo Stage)

Nashville became country music artist Greg Burroughs’ home after graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 2008. His 200-show-per-year enterprise began as a creative way to help pay his way through college and now he shows no sign of slowing down. His upbeat and infectious presence on stage matches his energetic personality off stage. His band has shared bills with acts such as Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt and Jake Owen.

Subway Show Band

August 3 (5 and 7:30 pm, Main Street Stage presented by CD102.5)

Recently named honorary members of the Beach Music Hall of Fame, Subway is the longest-lasting show band performing with theatrical extravagance in the United States. Their high-energy performances feature memorable sounds from the 50s and 60s that will have fairgoers of all ages tapping their toes.

The Accidentals

August 4 (Noon and 2 pm, Gazebo Stage)

Dynamic musicians Katie Larson, Savannah Buist and Michael Dause are becoming increasingly recognized and loved among music lovers of all genres for their multi-instrumentalist skills and impressive repertoire of songs featured in films, documentaries and commercials. The girls formed the band as a duo after meeting in 2011 while volunteering for a high school class assignment. Now recent high school grads, the edgy folk duo has added Michael Dause on percussion to round out their eccentric indie trio.

Mojo Theory

August 4 (5 and 7:30 pm, Main Street Stage presented by CD102.5)

Based in Columbus, Mojo Theory writes, arranges and produces their own original blues music with a modern twist. Without straying from the core traditions of blues music, the group successfully preserves the blues tradition and adapts their music to the 21st century, pleasing their entire audience.

Hayley Payne

August 5 (Noon and 2 pm, Gazebo Stage)

Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Hayley Payne describes her style as “future country.” An accomplished performer who has graced the stages of popular Nashville venues including the famed Bluebird Café and Opry Mills Mall, Hayley has been featured on the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International “One to Watch” list.

Red Idle Rejects

August 5 (5 and 7:30 pm, Main Street Stage presented by CD102.5)

This classic rock group consists of four band members who are passionate about creating and playing their own music. This Cincinnati-based band possesses a unique stage presence and enjoys playing their original songs and performing covers of the classics.

Deborah Jane

August 6 (Noon and 2 pm, Gazebo Stage)

It all started with an elementary school solo for Deborah Jane. This talented songwriter has stayed true to her passion, singing and performing since that fateful childhood recital. The acoustic performer is extremely passionate about her music and enjoys playing covers of popular songs.

Cherry Lee & the Hot Rod Hounds

August 6 (5 and 7:30 pm, Main Street Stage presented by CD102.5)

This Dayton-based band has an exciting stage presence and is passionate about playing and performing rockabilly tunes. The band’s style showcases a fusion of southern hillbilly country, western and Delta blues styles of music from the 1940s and early 50s.

The Kevin Prater Band

August 7 (Noon and 2 pm, Gazebo Stage)

The Kevin Prater Band is made up of bluegrass veterans, a characteristic that enables the group to create a unique blend of bluegrass and gospel. The group is known for their a capella hymns, great gospel songs, classic country and vintage rock that their audience has come to enjoy.

Dwight Lenox & Lenox Avenue Express

August 7 (5 and 7:30 pm, Main Street Stage presented by CD102.5)

Dwight Lenox is known for his rich tenor voice and dynamic presence that effortlessly captivates his audience. His vast repertoire includes jazz, blues and swing with hits from artists such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Stevie Wonder.

David & Valerie Mayfield

August 8 (11:30 am and 1:30 pm, Gazebo Stage)

Not long ago, the Mayfield family band, One Way Rider, was traveling the country and playing bluegrass music. Now the kids have grown up and left leaving David and Valerie to pursue a musical career of their own. Their daughter, Jessica Lee Mayfield, is performing with the Avett Brothers’ Seth Avett. Their son, David Mayfield, is touring with the David Mayfield Parade. The parents’ style reflects old school bluegrass, classic country and newgrass music and has been compared to artists like Conway Twitty and Dolly Parton.

Shelby County Line

August 8 (11 am and 1 pm, Main Street Stage presented by CD102.5)

This up-and-coming country group from New Bremen, Ohio is quickly gaining a following and making a name for themselves. They offer new and classic country music that entertains people of all ages. The bands’ first single, “Somethin’ About You,” was recently released to country radio.

Yvonne y Grupo Fuego

August 8 (5 and 7:30 pm, Main Street Stage presented by CD102.5)

Yvonne found her passion for music at a very young age when she was recruited into the family band at just 6 years old. From that time forward, she knew all she wanted to do was perform. Her Latin-flavored, R&B style music encourages the audience to experience culture through music.


August 9 (11 am and 1 pm, Gazebo Stage)

This group features traditional country, Americana and gospel music played by a talented husband and wife duo, along with a group of gifted band members. Walenia is known for the sounds of their pedal steel, rhythm and bass guitars.

The Last Paradox

August 9 (11 am and 1 pm, Main Street Stage presented by CD102.5)

This alternative rock group brings incomparable energy and excitement to the stage. Their natural talent helps to guide them as they create original songs that express pure emotion. Their passion for music is contagious and serves as the fuel that continues to drive the band.

Travis “Moonchild” Haddix

August 9 (5 and 7:30 pm, Main Street Stage presented by CD102.5)

Travis is known as a representation of the modern blues industry. His passion for music began when he was just eight years old and B.B. King began playing daily at the nearby Memphis radio station. Travis hung around the studio, learning as much from the legend as he could. Today, he is an award-winning contemporary blues artist. He earned the nickname, “Moonchild,” from his always broad smile, energetic performances and his engaging presence on stage.