N.C. State Fair | Homegrown Music Fest

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For the eighth year in a row, the North Carolina State Fair has teamed up with Deep South Entertainment to bring fairgoers a taste of the rich fabric of music and culture that North Carolina has to offer. This year, you’ll find expanded performance times on the Heritage Circle stage, performances will run until 9p.m. on the weekends–there is nothing finer than a hot apple cider and live music down in Heritage Circle. Another new feature, Brad Machett’s Comedy Hypnosis Show is back at the N.C. State Fair and will be closing down the Live & Local Waterfall stage each night.

As always, the Homegrown Music Fest will feature an eclectic line-up from a vast range of genres, including honky-tonk country, indie rock, funky jazz, high-energy pop, jazz, metal, bluegrass & more! While planning your visit to the fair this October, head over to the Homegrown Music Fest Line-up pencil in some time to check out local, North Carolina talent–you never know when you may stumble across your next favorite band!

Some standouts on the Live & Local Waterfall Stage include: NiiTO, an eclectic blend of R&B, hip hop and pop from Durham; Galloway, a Boone-based band combining aspects of indie, rock, pop and alternative sounds; Jadah Pearl, an R&B sound that borrows from soul, pop and funk; and Rowdy, a dynamic lyric-driven hip hop with kinetic live band.

Heritage Circle Stage

The Heritage Circle Stage is really pushing the limits and plans to feature a few full bands, including Winston-Salem’s purveyors of Appalachian rock, bluegrass and psychedelic jams, Big Daddy Love; delicate progressive folk duo, Violet Bell of Chapel Hill; and Abigail Dowd, a Greensboro folk singer-songwriter known for her vivid lyrics and unique classical influenced guitar. 

One thing is for sure, our state is home to some amazing talent. Senior Vice President of Deep South Entertainment, Amy Cox said, “The music scene in North Carolina is something that makes me so proud to call this place home. The vast diversity here is pretty magical and the sonic evolution in this state continues to amaze me on so many levels. It’s wonderful that the N.C. State Fair continues to view North Carolina music as a true commodity that they want to showcase. We’re honored to play a role in showcasing this incredible talent.”

Music will begin daily on the Live & Local Waterfall Stage at 11 a.m. and Heritage Circle Stage at 10 a.m., except Opening Day, when music will begin at 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

Brad Machett’s Comedy Hypnosis Show will begin daily at 8 p.m. on the Live & Local Waterfall Stage.

About Sweet Corn

I'm Tyson, but here you can call me Sweet Corn. Growing up, some of my favorite memories include visiting the N.C. State Fair every year with my family. In 2015, I joined the staff as a Marketing & Promotions Assistant for the fairgrounds. Five years later, life led me down a different career path. Now, I live on the coast of North Carolina, but return to Raleigh each October to take in the sights and sounds of the North Carolina State Fair. If you're looking, you'll find me in Heritage Circle with a cob of roasted sweet corn in one hand and a frozen apple cider in the other!

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