The Main Stage of the 42nd Annual Marion Popcorn Festival will again feature three nights of free live entertainment, including a high-energy Thursday Popcorn Block Party, a Country artist with 16 #1 hits on Friday, and closes out on Saturday with some Hard Southern Rockers from Kentucky visiting before their September LP release and European Tour, on September 7-8-9 in downtown Marion, Ohio.
THURSDAY EVENING IS A POPCORN BLOCK PARTY WITH ALMOST CHILI PEPPERS, A TRIBUTE TO RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, OPENING FOR OLD SKOOL, A CLEVELAND DANCE AND HIP HOP GROUP, kicking off this year’s main stage entertainment Thursday, September 7.
The Main Stage Block Party starts at 6:30 on Thursday when Route 30 Harley-Davidson presents Almost Chili Peppers, the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert experience. Their great musicianship and incredible stage energy will make you feel like you are at a RHCP concert from the MTV years. With a catalog of more #1 charted singles than any other band in modern rock history to choose from, Almost Chili Peppers performs all the hits and many of the deep cuts and newer releases that Chili Peppers fans know and love.
Route 30 Harley-Davidson in Upper Sandusky offers new and preowned Harley-Davidson models, along with parts, clothing and an expert service department.
For more information on Almost Chili Peppers, visit: https://www.facebook.com/RHCPtrib.
For more information on Route 30 Harley-Davidson, visit: www.route30hd.com
Next, at 8:30 PM following Opening Ceremonies is the return of OLD SKOOL, brought to you by Buckeye Community School. Originating in Cleveland in 2013, OLD SKOOL has earned the reputation of being one of the tightest, most fun, high energy acts ever witnessed in the region. Included in Scene’s “Best of Cleveland” (Best Cover Band) OLD SKOOL takes a fresh approach to the flow of the live show, often featuring hard hitting songblocks, mashups, and medleys that are usually only attempted by the best of DJs.
Combine this with choreographed stage moves, throwback style costuming, and top notch musicians playing the songs just like the record, and you'll see why OLD SKOOL is sure to please live music enthusiasts and dance crazed club goers alike. With an ever evolving song list, they'll rock anything with that "Old Skool" flava. Paying true to form tribute to the '80s & '90s Golden Age of Hip Hop, R&B, Dance, Pop, Rock, Funk, and even some classic Disco or Current Hits if the mood is right.
Buckeye Community School has locations in Mansfield, London and now Marion, serving students ages 14-21 as an alternative to your traditional high school.
For more information on OLD SKOOL, visit: www.oldskoolcle.com.
For more information on Buckeye Community School, visit: www.buckeyecs.org.
Thursday’s Popcorn Block Party entertainment will start at 6:30 PM, with the Friday and Saturday headliners performing at 8:30 PM, following a 6:00 PM opening band (to be announced later) and the recognition of sponsors during the festival’s Opening Ceremonies.
The 2023 dates of the Marion Popcorn Festival are September 7, 8 and 9. All performances on the Festival’s main stage are free of charge. A limited number of Kernel sponsorship seats are available for any of the Main Stage performances by calling 740-387-FEST.
Other festival events and activities include the Popcorn Parade on Thursday with over 300 units, a 5K Run, the return of a Popcorn Golf Outing, a Fine Arts show, crafts and vendors, a corn hole tournament, the Community Showcase Stage, a new Christian Stage, a Poppin’ Party stage beer garden, a Popcorn Matinee musical performance at the historic Marion Palace Theatre, and much more.
For more information, visit our web site at www.popcornfestival.com or call 740-387-FEST. The Marion Popcorn Festival is thankful for its many sponsors including the City of Marion