The N.C. State Fair kicked off Thursday, and with that the third year of the Homegrown Music Fest concerts with acts from North Carolina, or with ties to North Carolina.
All of the shows are free to attend with paid fair admission.
The State Fair runs through Oct. 22 at the State Fairgrounds.
Country superstar Ronnie Milsap, a Robbinsville native and Country Music Hall of Famer, is this year’s biggest name. He’ll headline Oct. 16 at Dorton Arena, the fifth night of the fair.
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Other Dorton draws include rising country hitmakers Parmalee, 1990s-vintage Chapel Hill pop band Dillon Fence and nights given over to gospel, soul and beach music.
There are also a few out-of-state acts, though with North Carolina connections. Before Jump, Little Children wound up in their hometown of Charleston, S.C., the band formed 26 years ago at the N.C. School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. In a nod to diversity, Jump’s opening act will be She Returns From War, fronted by transgender woman Hunter Park.
And Marcy Playground (of 1997’s “Sex and Candy” fame) is from New York but has numerous business ties to North Carolina through State Fair show producer Deep South Entertainment.
Here’s the complete lineup for all three stages:
Oct. 13 – On The Border (tribute to The Eagles)
Oct. 14 – Parmalee, OSMR (country)
Oct. 15 – Come Together with Bay Leaf Church (worship)
Oct. 16 – Ronnie Milsap (country)
Oct. 17 – Building 429, Branan Murphy (Christian rock)
Oct. 18 – Liquid Pleasure, Sleeping Booty (R&B)
Oct. 19 – Marcy Playground, Athenaeum (alternative)
Oct. 20 – Chairmen of the Board featuring Ken Knox (beach)
Oct. 21 – Dillon Fence, Preeesh! (alternative)
Oct. 22 – Jump, Little Children; She Returns from War
Oct. 12 – Zoocru
Oct. 13 – Lemon Sparks, I am Maddox, Handsome Foxes, Yarn
Oct. 14 – Louis Waymore, Dante High, Unifier, Buzzov-en
Oct. 15 – Denver Nixon, Runaway Cab, Zack Mexico, G Yamazawa
Oct. 16 – UltimaNota, 120 Minutes, Jive Mother Mary
Oct. 17 – Big Ron Hunter, Bruxes, Stephanie Quayle
Oct. 18 – Military Day
Oct. 19 – Mint Julep Jazz Band, Kate Rhudy, Castle Wild
Oct. 20 – Janxx, Apples & Airplanes, Zensofly, Four Founders
Oct. 21 – Sound System Seven, Project 919, Rawsole Records presents: BarNanza – A Hip Hop Power Hour, Monika Jaymes
Oct. 22 – Milagro Saints, Motorjunkie, Bronzed Chorus, Shana Tucker
Heritage Circle Stage
Oct. 12 – Cane Mill Road
Oct. 13 – Hey Brothers
Oct. 14 – GrassStreet
Oct. 15 – Lang Sisters Band
Oct. 16 – Sideline
Oct. 17 – Massive Grass
Oct. 18 – Southern Magnolia
Oct. 19 – Three Jack Jenny
Oct. 20 – BackPorch Bluegrass
Oct. 21 – Shannon Baker and the Classic Stepbacks
Oct. 22 – Barefoot Movement
David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi
NC State Fair
The NC State Fair is Oct. 12-22. For details and ticket information, go to ncstatefair.org.