Entertainment Booking Information – 2020 Ohio State Fair

Musical Entertainment at Outdoor Stages
We are no longer accepting materials for the 2020 Fair. Promotional materials from artists and bands wanting to play at the 2020 Ohio State Fair were accepted in September and October of 2019. If you are interested in being considered for the 2021 Ohio State Fair, please check back in September 2020.

Non-Musical Entertainment at Outdoor Stages and Roving Entertainment
Promotional materials from non-musical entertainers that wanted to play at the 2020 Ohio State Fair were accepted from September through December of 2019. All non-music related entertainers wishing to be considered for the Ohio State Fair next year may email a promotional packet to Mark Sparks of Triangle Talent, Inc. at msparks@triangletalent.com between September and December of 2020 only. After this time, no materials will be accepted.

2019 Big Free Concerts

For the second year in a row, the Ohio State Fair is adding big-name artists to the roster of talented musicians performing throughout the grounds. Traditionally featuring Ohio-born musicians and up-and-coming performers from around the country, the Fair has added nationally-recognized groups including Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers, Confederate Railroad, Parrots of the Caribbean and Casee Allen to its line-up of free entertainment for 2019. Tickets will not be required to attend the four “big free concerts,” which are included with Fair admission.

Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers | July 25 at 4:30 p.m. NEW!
National Resources Park amphitheater
Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers, Grand Ole Opry regulars, 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.

Confederate Railroad | July 25 at 8:30 p.m. NEW!
Main Street Stage
As the former backup band for both David Allen Coe and Johnny Paycheck, Confederate Railroad has chart-topping hits including “Jesus and Mama” and “Queen of Memphis.” From rowdy country to raw emotion, the Fair’s Confederate Railroad concert will have people rocking and singing along.

Parrots of the Caribbean | July 27 at 8 p.m. NEW!
Main Street Stage
The excitement, energy and musicianship of the Parrots of the Caribbean are representative of their couple centuries of combined performing experience. Made up of five musicians, this group performs a variety of original tunes, Zydeco, Rock Country, blues and buffet tunes.

Casee Allen | Aug. 1 at 8:30 p.m. NEW!
Main Street Stage
Coshocton, Ohio Native, Casee Allen has a family history rooted deep in music and is known for his uniquely edgy, country-infused sound. Now living in Nashville, he has captivated audiences across the country with his performances alongside Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Brad Paisley, Neal McCoy and more.

2019 Free Live Music

(listed in chronological order)

Unlawful | July 24 at noon and 2 p.m. NEW!
Gazebo Stage
Unlawful is an American folk rock band from Columbus, made up of vocalist Devin Sahr, guitarist Jeromy Sahr and cellist Kyle Chatfield.

Jay Clark Band | July 24 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. NEW!
Main Street Stage
The Jay Clark Band, or JCB, burst into the music scene in 2017 when they released their first album, “Cocked & Loaded.” Their unique, rowdy blend of country and metal will leave fairgoers rocking!

Kazual | July 24 – July 29
Gazebo Stage
This Georgia-based a cappella family band, comprised of three brothers and a cousin, is known for their distinct blend of R&B, hip hop and pop they call the “Kazual experience.” Kazual’s national spotlights include NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” BET and MTV. Kazual has opened for Beyoncé and Nelly.

Lisa Mary | July 25 at noon and 2 p.m. NEW!
Gazebo Stage
As a young country singer-songwriter from the Detroit area, Lisa Mary has captivated audiences all across the United States for six years with her four and a half octave vocal range and electric stage performance. She has opened for some of the biggest names in the industry including Toby Keith, LOCASH, Uncle Kracker, Eric Paslay, Chris Janson, Love and Theft, and more.

This N That | July 26 at noon and 2 p.m. NEW!
Gazebo Stage
Toledo-based This N That performs a unique set list of classic rock, folk rock and country rock all from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Dean Simms Centennial Band | July 26 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Main Street Stage
Dean Simms Centennial Band is a dynamic show band specializing in all music over the last 100 years, all the way up to today’s pop music.

Mitch Kirkpatrick | July 27 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. NEW!
Gazebo Stage
Mitch’s passion for music began at an early age as he listened along to legendary artists spinning on his father’s record player: Waylon Jennings, Marty Robbins, George Jones, David Allan Coe and Hank Williams. He learned to play acoustic guitar at the age of 10, and joined his first band as a guitarist and lead vocalist when he was just a teenager. His early beginnings and country roots have led him to opportunities to open for Jake Owen, Brett Eldridge and more.

Veteran’s Day Variety Show | July 28 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Main Street Stage
This USO-style tribute pays honor to our veterans and military with a group of patriotic performers that offer entertainment for almost any musical interest. The diverse show includes award-winning dance group MMDance from Zanesville, patriotic country singer Ami Lemaster from Austintown, American Crossroads Song and Dance Company, vocalist Jeannette Harvey from Sandusky and a performance by former Miss Ohio, Sarah Clapper. This year will even feature Steven Moore, the two-time National Banjo Champion from St. Clairsville.

The Vindys | July 28 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. NEW!
Main Street Stage
Since 2013, The Vindys have become one of the most sought-after bands in the Northwest Ohio with their unique blend of pop, jazz and rock. Through the incorporation of multiple genres into one incomparable cohesive style, The Vindys are a rarity with the ability to appeal to a wide audience.

Dave Hawkins | July 28 at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. NEW!
Gazebo Stage
Singer-songwriter Dave Hawkins has been touring and recording professionally since 1976. Since his early career playing college folk clubs around Columbus, Dave has expanded his core repertoire to Americana – an amalgam of “non-corporate” country, roots rock, folk, and other styles – and Celtic-crossover tunes.

Renata | July 29 at noon and 2 p.m. NEW!
Gazebo Stage
“Renata” is an American country/rock trio composed of siblings, Collin (19), Adrienne (16) and Benny (12). Despite their young ages, these talented siblings are no strangers to the music business having toured full time for the past eight years. Their musical tastes vary so their live show includes everything from Johnny Cash to John Mayer, not to mention fantastic original music. With strong vocal and instrumental skills far surpassing their young ages, these three amaze audiences with their unique sound every time they step onstage.

The Southern Cross Band | July 29 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Main Street Stage
Formed in 2017, this six-member group is native of Northeast Ohio. The Southern Cross Band performs covers of some of the biggest country artists ranging from Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Johnny Cash and more.

JP Chandler | July 30 at noon and 2 p.m. NEW!
Gazebo Stage
Parkersburg, West Virginia native and musician JP Chandler started playing music at the age of 13 and began writing his own songs just 3 years later. This skilled musician plays guitar, bass drums and sings. His songwriting and acoustic talents will shine through on the Gazebo Stage. 

The Enablers | July 31 at noon and 2 p.m. NEW!
Gazebo Stage
Founded by Domingo Magana, The Enablers play covers from an electric mix of Top 40 songs including rock, grunge, punk, blues, alternative, rap and more.

The Troubled Waters Band | July 30 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. NEW!
Main Street Stage
This blue-playing duo from the Dayton, Ohio area is made up of father and son, Jack and Joe Waters. They both found music at a young age and have never stopped playing. Troubled Water is sure to rock the house.

Eric Sowers Band | July 31 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. NEW!
Main Street Stage
Combining energy, relentless determination and commanding stage presence, this four-member band has caught the attention of many Ohio country music fans, and has opened for numerous big acts including Jon Pardi, Eric Paslay, Brothers Osborne and more.

Tyler Stephens | Aug. 1 at noon and 2 p.m. NEW!
Gazebo Stage
Tyler is a country music singer and songwriter from Eastern Kentucky. Tyler’s interest in music started at just 3 or 4 years old, but now at 24, Tyler is hoping that this is just the beginning of his music career.

Katie Davis | Aug. 2 at noon and 2 p.m. NEW!
Gazebo Stage
Katie’s debut EP “Steal My Heart,” includes seven of her original songs inspired by the likes of legendary country crooners Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, LeAnn Rimes, Johnny Cash and Jewel.

AC Jones | Aug. 2 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. NEW!
Main Street Stage
She may be an Ohio native, but AC Jones has Nashville running through her veins. After four years of balancing a musical career and a college education in biochemistry, Jones signed to an independent country music label and her first single was released to country radio in November 2017. Her debut single, “Buses and Trains,” climbed to #33 on the Music Row Breakout Chart and earned a spot on their “Most Added” list on many occasions.

Glen Shelton | Aug. 3 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. NEW!
Gazebo Stage
Positive country music singer, Glen Shelton, covers popular country music as well as some of his own songs. His high energy and entertaining show is great for all ages.

Recess | Aug. 3 at noon and 2 p.m. NEW!
Main Street Stage
In 2008, when Vincent, the band’s lead vocalists, was only 8 years old, Recess began performing cover songs in the basement of a small three-bedroom house on Boundary Lane in Parma, Ohio. As they improved and grew musically, performing at numerous venues and festivals across the States, Recess began to create and write their own music. These songs can be found on Recess’s first EP intentionally named “Boundary Lane.” 

Los Aztecas | Aug. 3 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. NEW!
Main Street Stage
Los Aztecas is an authentic Tejano band with a modern twist, made up of five brothers from Toledo. Started by their father, Reyes Longoria Sr. In 1975, the band was created as a way to give Midwest audiences a taste of authentic Tejano music from Texas and Mexico. Fusing tradition, cumbia beats and electronic music, Los Aztecas will keep you dancing all night.

Gina Brooklyn | Aug. 4 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. NEW!
Gazebo Stage
At just 18 years old, Gina Brooklyn is already an award-winning singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. After co-writing and recording her first song “From The Outside,” with multi-platinum songwriters Mike Shimshack and Stephanie Lewis at 15 years old, her song was nominated in the 2016 Hollywood Songwriting Contest, won a bronze medal at the 2017 Global Music Awards and was a finalist in the 2017 John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

Perfect Timing | Aug. 4 at noon and 2 p.m. NEW!
Main Street Stage
It was indeed Perfect Timing when three men and three women, all vocalists, musicians, and friends, were ready to put a band together and realize their passion. The result was the creation of the band, dedicated to bringing fan favorites to music lovers. Their classic rock, country, R&B and pop are emphasized by vocals and harmonies that few other bands can deliver.

Funky Waters | Aug. 4 at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. NEW!
Main Street Stage
Funky Waters is a Central Ohio based rhythm and soul band specializing in blues, funk and rock. They bring their funky energy to every performance.