Here’s who we want to see perform at the State Fair this year

G. Yamazawa // Courtesy of G. Yamazawa

The 150th State Fair concert lineup is out, and the “Homegrown Music Series” doesn’t disappoint. It’s the third year for the all-North Carolina acts concept, and also means all the shows are free to attend with paid fair admission.

Performances take place at Dorton Arena, the Waterfall Stage and the Heritage Circle Stage.

The State Fair goes down Oct. 12-22 at the State Fairgrounds off Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. Read David Menconi’s take on on this year’s lineup here.

A few of the acts that caught our eye are below:

Zoocrü | Oct. 12, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Durham’s Zoocrü has been on a streak, performing with Eric Roberson this summer and now getting ready for an Oct. 7 performance in Charlotte as part of the Art of Cool Festival CLT edition. Catch the band at the State Fair Oct. 12.

G. Yamazawa | Oct. 15, 5:30 p.m.

You’ve heard the line “Carolina barbecue sauce with the slaw” on the radio as part of “North Cack,” and probably seen the video that just won Best Music Video at the 2017 Hip-Hop Film Festival. But make sure you see Durham’s G. Yamazawa perform it live (along with other tracks!) at the Fair Oct. 15.

Mint Julep Jazz Band | Oct. 19, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Hot jazz and swing from this “little big band” out of Durham.

Shana Tucker | Oct. 22, 5:30 p.m.

Soulful jazz, acoustic pop and contemporary folk from Durham’s masterful cellist and vocalist.

Here’s the State Fair complete schedule

Dorton Arena

Oct. 12 – “Battle of the Bands”

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

Waterfall Stage

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


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