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NC State Fair’s 2015 concert lineup is all-Tar Heel

The NC State Fair announced back in March that it would be changing approaches this year with an all-North-Carolina lineup for its Dorton Arena concerts, after years of dwindling crowds and mounting losses for national headliners. The 2015 Homegrown North Carolina Concert Series lineup is just out, and it covers vintage Tar Heel rock, metal, beach, gospel, world, hip hop and country, most of it tried and true. Yep, sounds like the State Fair!

In contrast to years past, 2015’s Dorton Arena concerts will be free (although the close-in floor seats will require picking up tickets starting at 9 a.m. day of show). For more details, check here.

UPDATE -- under the Dorton Arena concerts are the outdoor waterfall-stage acts.

Oct. 15 -- Firehouse, The Fifth

Oct. 16 -- The Summit Church featuring Kaimy Masse, Hank Murphy and Summit Worship

Oct. 17 -- Jason Michael Carroll, Luke Combs, Stephanie Quayle

Oct. 18 -- Orquesta GarDel

Oct. 19 -- Nuv Yug Presents Bollywood Night

Oct. 20 -- Black Sheep, Shadina

Oct. 21 -- Band of Oz, The Embers

Oct. 22 -- Wake Chapel Choir, Instrument of Praise Gospel Concert Chrale, Watts Chapel Gospel Choir

Oct. 23 -- The Love Language

Oct. 24 -- Charlie Daniels Band, Kasey Tyndall

Oct. 25 -- Nantucket, Sidewinder


Oct. 15 -- Sidecar Social Club

Oct. 16 -- Damascus Ridge, Youth League, Make, Johnny Folsom 4, JoCo, Johnny Orr Band

Oct. 17 -- Thistledown Tinkers, 21st Century Goliath, See Gulls, Hot Buttered Grits, Runaway Cab

Oct. 18 -- Thistledown Tinkers, Brothers Egg, The Spread, The Real Laww, Bull City Syndicate

Oct. 19 -- Peak City Blues Project, Pam Saulsby, Adam Pitts, Onda Band, Nick Driver Band, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba

Oct. 20 -- Erin Nenni, Outside Soul, Minor Stars, Blake Kearney Band, Chit Nasty Band

Oct. 21 -- 440th Army Band

Oct. 22 -- Breeze Band, Etheridge Sisters, Ki-Hill, Peter Lamb & the Wolves, Dark Water Rising

Oct. 23 -- Faith Bardill & the Back Row Saints, Must be the Holy Ghost, Tim Cifers, Bleeding Hearts, Roman Spring, 120 Minutes

Oct. 24 -- Corey Hunt Band, Suitcase, Carmonas, Hammer No More the Fingers, The Beast, Backsliders

Oct. 25 -- Wilton Dubois, Debonzo Brothers, Carolina Coalmine, Crucial Fiya, Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work, Wusses