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Here’s your guide to the NC State Fair concerts

American Aquarium comes home to Raleigh, NC to play the Band Together benefit concert at Red Hat Amphitheater Saturday, June 23, 2018. They will headline Raleigh’s Dorton Arena opening night of the 2018 North Carolina State Fair, Oct. 11, 2018.
American Aquarium comes home to Raleigh, NC to play the Band Together benefit concert at Red Hat Amphitheater Saturday, June 23, 2018. They will headline Raleigh’s Dorton Arena opening night of the 2018 North Carolina State Fair, Oct. 11, 2018. ssharpe@newsobserver.com

This article was originally published Aug. 28, 2018. It has been updated.

Once again, the N.C. State Fair is going homegrown.

The 151st edition of the fair runs Oct. 11-21 at the State Fairgrounds, and the fourth annual Homegrown Music Fest will present more than 60 North Carolina acts on three stages.

All shows are free with paid fair admission.

Rising Raleigh rock band American Aquarium was one of the primary attractions on the Dorton Arena mainstage. After Hurricane Michael canceled opening day, and subsequently their opening night show, the band announced on Twitter it would still play Thursday night. But instead, it will a free show at The Pour House in downtown Raleigh. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show begins at 7 p.m. The Pour House is at 224 S. Blount St.

“Our show tomorrow night at the @NCStateFair has been cancelled due to Hurricane Michael... so we will be playing a FREE show at @ThePourHouse tomorrow night to make up for it. Doors at 6pm. We play at 7pm. It’s early. It’s free. No excuses. See you tomorrow night Raleigh!!!” the group tweeted.

Later on, Dorton Arena will feature Rhett and Link, (Oct. 12), YouTube stars from Buies Creek; Sanford’s Britton Buchanan (Oct. 17), “The Voice” runner-up; Rockingham’s Bucky Covington (Oct. 15), one of several North Carolina stars from the 2006 class of “American Idol”; and the Raleigh metal band Between the Buried & Me.

Outdoor stages at Heritage Circle and the Waterfall will have music ranging from various kinds of folk to rock to military music, R&B, country, Christian and reggae. The complete lineup is below.

Fair tickets for early admission prices are on sale now through Oct. 11 at ncstatefair.org.

Dorton Arena

All shows are at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 11American Aquarium (Raleigh, Americana)

Oct. 12Rhett and Link Live! (Buies Creek, comedy)

Oct. 13 — An Evening of Worship with Faith Baptist Church (Youngsville, Christian)

Oct. 14Mr. Potato Head (Raleigh, covers)

Rhett & Link - stand up
Rhett and Link, who began their YouTube career in Fuquay-Varina, will bring their live comedy show to the NC State Fair Oct. 12. Courtesy of Metro Public Relations

Oct. 15RaeLynn (Fayetteville, country), Bucky Covington (Rockingham, country)

Oct. 16Noche Latina (Raleigh, Latin)

Oct. 17Summer Brooke & the Mountain Faith Band (Sylva, Christian bluegrass), Britton Buchanan (Sanford, pop)

Oct. 18The War & Treaty (New Bern, roots/soul/gospel), New Reveille (Raleigh, Americana)

Oct. 19Between the Buried and Me (Raleigh, metal)

Oct. 20The Catalinas (Charlotte, beach)

Oct. 21Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience (Raleigh, pop/R&B)

The 150th NC State Fair will come to a close on Sunday October 22nd. The awe-inspiring rides, culinary creations, challenging fair games and much more have drawn large crowds to the fairgrounds since it opened.

Heritage Circle Stage

The following are 45-minute sets.

Oct. 11Honey Magpie (Chapel Hill, folk); 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 12Sweet Potato Pie (Cary-Seagrove-Albemarle-Linwood-Monroe, bluegrass/gospel); 9:30 a.m., 3:30, 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Oct. 13David Childers (Mount Holly, folk); 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 14Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express (Foothills of Western North Carolina, bluegrass); 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 15Carolina Line Bluegrass Band (Oak Island/Southport, bluegrass); 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., 2, 4 and 6 p.m.

Oct. 16Clint Alphin (Dunn, Americana); 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 17 Graham’s Number (Raleigh, bluegrass); 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 18Big Fat Gap (Chapel Hill, bluegrass); 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 19Brad Hudson Band (Raleigh, country/bluegrass); 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Oct. 20Shannon Baker & the Classic Stepbacks (Wilson, bluegrass); 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 21 Cuttin Grass (Raleigh-Durham, bluegrass); 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

News & Observer drone footage of the NC State Fair as the sun sets Thursday evening, October 19, 2017.

Waterfall Stage

The following are about 45-minute sets.

Oct. 11 The Sunday Special (Raleigh, soul); 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 12Porch Light Apothecary (Raleigh, Americana), 10 and 11:30 a.m.; Katie Basden (Durham, country), 1 and 2:30 p.m.; Frontside (Durham, emo), 4 p.m.; 6 String Drag (Raleigh, Americana), 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 13The Pinkerton Raid (Durham, folk), 10 and 11:30 a.m.; S.E. Ward (Chapel Hill, indie), 1 and 2:30 p.m.; Madison Jay and Friends (Raleigh, hip-hop), 4 p.m.; Anne-Claire (Greensboro, indie), 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 14Jump Mountain (Raleigh, Americana), 10 and 11:30 a.m.; Caroline Dare (Greenville, country), 1 and 2:30 p.m; Shark Quest (Chapel Hill, instrumental), 4 p.m.; DownTown Abby & The Echoes (Charlotte, soul), 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 15Los Acoustic Guys (Winston-Salem, Latin), 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m; Mountain Top Polka Band (Asheville, polka), 2 and 3:30 p.m.; Jack The Radio (Raleigh, rock), 5 p.m.

Oct. 16The Band Sorelle (Raleigh, folk), 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; Flor Y Canto (Raleigh, Mexican folk), 2 and 3:30 p.m.; Moonshine (Windsor, country), 5 p.m.

Oct. 17 — Military Appreciation Day program with 440th Army Band (Morrisville), 12:15, 4 and 6 p.m.

Oct. 18Lowderstill (Durham, jazz), 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; The Hot at Nights (Raleigh, jazz), 2 and 3:30 p.m.; LaureNicole (Raleigh, rock), 5 p.m.

Oct. 19 — The Dapper Conspiracy (Raleigh, Southern gothic), 10 and 11:30 a.m.; XOXOK (Chapel Hill, soul), 1 and 2:30 p.m.; Bat Fangs (Carrboro, rock), 4 p.m.; Super Grit Cowboy Band (Kinston, country), 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 20Coby James (Louisburg, Christian pop), 10 and 11:30 a.m.; Sons of Paradise (Raleigh, reggae), 1 and 2:30 p.m.; Earther (Raleigh, punk), 4 p.m.; The Veldt (Raleigh, shoegaze), 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 21Reese McHenry (Durham, rock), 10 and 11:30 a.m.; Aaron Hamm & the Big River Band (Selma, country), 1 and 2:30 p.m.; Vaughn (Raleigh, hip-hop), 4 p.m.; Eric Gales (Greensboro, blues), 5:30 p.m.

David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi
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