The concert lineup is out for the 2016 North Carolina State Fair, and this year it boasts a few true wild cards.
This will be the fair’s second year with an all-North Carolina talent lineup for the Homegrown Music Fest. And as you’d expect, it features the requisite amount of country, beach and religious-music variants. It just wouldn’t be the State Fair without that (and funnel cakes).
As for bookings that wander a bit farther afield, this year’s Dorton Arena mainstage highlights include:
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▪ Raleigh hardcore mainstays Corrosion of Conformity on Oct. 21.
▪ Kinston saxophonist Maceo Parker, sideman to James Brown among many others, closing things out on Oct. 23.
Like last year, all shows are free. The complete schedules for all three stages are below. Check ncstatefair.org/2016 for details.
For now, I have to ask: Will Dorton be able to withstand the pulverizing metallic glory that is COC? We’ll find out!
Oct. 13 – Choral Competition Night
Oct. 14 – Elevation Church, “Here As in Heaven”
Oct. 15 – Delta Rae, Katelyn Read
Oct. 16 – Chris Lane, Kasey Tyndall
Oct. 17 – Embers featuring Craig Woolard, Jim Quick & Coastline
Oct. 18 – Soul Psychedelique Orchestra
Oct. 19 – Superchunk, Skylar Gudasz
Oct. 20 – “A Night of Praise”
Oct. 21 – Corrosion of Conformity
Oct. 22 – Ultimate Johnny Cash tribute with Johnny Folsom 4 and Friends
Oct. 23 – Maceo Parker
Oct. 13 – Mel Melton
Oct. 14 – Lotus Sun, Lud, Katie Basden, Matt Phillips
Oct. 15 – Mickey Mills, Blanko Basnet, Erie Choir, Larry Frick
Oct. 16 – OC7 Next Generation, Blackwater, Doug Davis, Captain & the Keels
Oct. 17 – Absent Lovers, Sarah Shook, Russ Varnell
Oct. 18 – Lockdown, Jo Gore Trio, Norlina
Oct. 19 – 440th Army Band
Oct. 20 – Happy Abandon, Wailin’ Storms, Josh Phillips
Oct. 21 – Jphono1, Bryan Mayer, Time Sawyer, ASG
Oct. 22 – Ed Stephenson, Kick-A-Verse, Sammies, Kooley High
Oct. 23 – OC7 Next Generation, Shirlette Ammons, Body Games, Urban Soil
Oct. 13 – Magnolia Still
Oct. 14 – Tellico
Oct. 15 – Fireside Collective
Oct. 16 – Jonathan Byrd
Oct. 17 – Harris Brothers
Oct. 18 – Ben & Eric Marshall
Oct. 19 – Counterclockwise String Band
Oct. 20 – Jon Stickley Trio
Oct. 21 – Christiane & the Strays
Oct. 22 – Steady Drive
Oct. 23 – Hank, Pattie & The Current