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How to celebrate National Record Store Day in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Record Store Day hits Omega Music, Recreate and Feathers in the Oregon District on Saturday, April 16. Were you spotted?  (Photo by Amelia Robinson)
Amelia Robinson
Record Store Day hits Omega Music, Recreate and Feathers in the Oregon District on Saturday, April 16. Were you spotted?  (Photo by Amelia Robinson)(Amelia Robinson)

Ahhh, there’s nothing like the pop and hiss of fresh vinyl.

Saturday, April 22 is National Record Store Day, and there are a few places you have to check out if you’re into finding rarities or building your collection.

Record Store Day hits Omega Music, Recreate and Feathers in the Oregon District on Saturday, April 16. Were you spotted?  (Photo by Amelia Robinson)(Amelia Robinson)

OMEGA MUSIC, 318 E. 5th St., Dayton | omegamusicdayton.com | 8 a.m.-10 p.m. April 22

According to their Facebook event page, Omega has “the largest selection of Record Store Day titles in the Miami Valley. We ordered almost every title, and we ordered early!” 

Enjoy: Free swag bags for early customers, a special beer tasting at 5 p.m. with Warped Wing, bites from The Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton food truck, prizes, and more.

Listen: There’ll be a stellar music lineup featuring Salvadore Ross, GOON, The Company Man, The Liquid Crystal Project (feat. J Rawls), Nick Kizirnis, and HEXADIODE.

Record Store Day hits Omega Music, Recreate and Feathers in the Oregon District on Saturday, April 16. Were you spotted?  (Photo by Amelia Robinson)(Amelia Robinson)

TOXIC BEAUTY RECORDS, 220 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs | Facebook | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. April 22

Enjoy: There will be limited-edition items (vinyl, posters, and more), and the first 100 customers to show up receive a free goodie bag. The Ticket Scavenger Hunt is back, and here’s how it works: “Hidden around the store will be flyers that will be clearly marked as a WINNER. Bring the flyer to the counter and receive 2 FREE tickets to the show concert. Here’s the list of shows we’ll be hiding flyers to: Silversun Pickups, Little Dragon, The xx, The Black Angels, At The Drive In and Spoon.”

Live reindeer, new pedal wagon shuttle add to the fun at this beloved holiday kickoff event

Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 @ 10:53 AM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

WATCH: The 2015 Grande Illumination kicks off the Christmas season downtown
WATCH: The 2015 Grande Illumination kicks off the Christmas season downtown

Downtown Dayton will celebrate 45 years of the holiday season during the month-long Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by DP&L, which kicks off with the Grande Illumination and Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. 

Courthouse Square will be the center of the evening full of family entertainment.

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

For the second year, there will be a photo station featuring live reindeer. The exhibit includes a sleigh and reindeer that create the perfect backdrop for holiday cards or photos.

NEW THIS YEAR

The popular bicycle pub crawl companies are rolling out from 6-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in December as the Sugarplum Shuttle, presented by PNC Bank. 

Guests — including kids — can hop on the bikes and ride to designated stops in the Oregon District, RiverScape MetroPark and the Schuster Center. 

Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate on this non-alcoholic shuttle service as riders pedal near downtown’s major holiday attractions.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Activities planned for the day include the Grande Illumination tree-lighting ceremony, live musical entertainment, carnival rides and games, holiday crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides and a gingerbread house display. The suggested cost for wagon rides is $1 per person, but all other activities are free.

Courthouse Square was crowded for The 42nd Annual Grande Illumination and Dayton Children’s Parade on Friday night. TY GREENLEES / STAFF / FILE(Staff Writer)

TREE LIGHTING AND PARADE: The tree-lighting ceremony will take place at 7:45 p.m. on Courthouse Square, followed immediately by the Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights. Thousands of lights will illuminate the 45-minute parade, featuring a variety of festive floats, entertainers, animals and several surprises.

“The Grande Illumination and Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights is a great night for the entire family to come downtown,” said Sandra Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership. “It is a magical night guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit.”

The Dayton Holiday Festival continues throughout the month of December with such activities as the Family Movie Series at The Neon, the Tike’s Shoppe, Virginia Kettering’s Holiday Train Display, animated window displays and entertainment in the Schuster Center Wintergarden, and more.

The Williams family played in the life-sized snow globe at The 42nd Annual Grande Illumination and Dayton Children’s Parade on Friday night. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

THE SCHEDULE

Grande Illumination ― The tree-lighting ceremony will take place at 7:45 p.m. on Courthouse Square. 

Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights ― More than 100,000 lights will illuminate the floats and other units in the parade, which starts immediately following the Grande Illumination. The route: West Second Street to Main Street, south on Main Street to Fourth Street, and then west on Fourth Street. 

Live reindeer photo station — Take a family photo with a sleigh and live reindeer. It’s unique and fun way to capture your memories of the Grande Illumination and Parade! 

Main Stage Entertainment ― Enjoy live entertainment on the Courthouse Square stage. Performances begin around 4 p.m. The schedule is: 

  • 4-4:20 p.m. — Miami Valley Music Men 
  • 4:40-5:00 p.m. — Deron Bell Band 
  • 5:10-5:30 p.m. — Berachah Valley 
  • 5:40-6:05 p.m. — Dayton Gay Men's Chorus 
  • 6:20-6:55 p.m. — Alexis Gomez Trio 
  • 7:10-7:45 p.m. — Dayton Celebration Chorus 

Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays Contest ― Contest entries will be on display in the Old Courthouse. The top amateur and professional houses each will receive $500! Winners will be announced on the Main Stage before the Grande Illumination. 

The Holiday Village ― Located in the lobby of the Kettering Tower from 4-9 p.m., this is a favorite stop for children, featuring free crafts and games for kids and Mrs. Virginia Kettering’s train on display. Kids also can make holiday arts and crafts and play games. The Holiday Village Stage schedule includes live performances. 

Street Fair on Third ― At this holiday street fair, free rides will be set up on Third Street between Main and Ludlow streets. 

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides ― From 4 to 7:30 p.m., wagons will pick up passengers at the corner of Second and Main streets for a ride through downtown. Rides are $1 per person. Lines can be long, so come early. 

The Tike’s Shoppe ― For decades, children in Dayton have been able to shop for their loved ones in a store that’s just their size. The shop will be located in the Schuster Center Wintergarden near the entrance at Ludlow and Second streets, and will officially open the day of the Grande Illumination. The Tike’s Shoppe will be open on selected dates through Dec. 23. For specific times, call (937) 301-8349. 

Junior League of Dayton’s Holiday Adventure ― Kids will go on an adventure around the festival footprint. Children who visit all the stops will receive a free book. 

Magic Glasses ― Look for volunteers passing out these special glasses on Courthouse Square prior to the tree lighting.

Christmas officially arrives starting this weekend!

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

The Carillon Tree of Light will shine again beginning Nov. 29. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Ty Greenlees
The Carillon Tree of Light will shine again beginning Nov. 29. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

It’s that time of year, and you know what that means — lots and lots of fun, family-friendly holiday stuff to choose from.

Here are some of the area’s top events:

SUGARPLUM FESTIVAL OF TREES: Nov. 17-19, 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Dayton Masonic Center, 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton. Annual holiday extravaganza that kicks off the holiday season.

THE GREENE’S 12TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: Nov. 18, 5 p.m. at The Greene, 4452 Buckeye Lane, Beavercreek. Live music by Anthony Mossburg, song and dance by Muse Machine, horse-drawn carriages, live reindeer and more. Santa arrives at 6 p.m. followed by the tree lighting at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call 937-490-4990 or visit www.TheGreene.com.

CENTERVILLE TREE LIGHTING: Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m. at Benham’s Grove, 166 N. Main St., Centerville. 25th annual tree-lighting ceremony. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with a performance by the Centerville Community Band. Other musical performances and dance selections from “Nutcracker” by the Miami Valley Dance Company, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Mayor Brooks Compton will light the tree following Santa’s arrival. For more information, call 937-433-7151 or visit www.centervilleohio.gov.

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DAYTON’S GRANDE ILLUMINATION TREE LIGHTING: Nov. 24, 4-9 p.m. at Courthouse Square, Third and Main streets, Dayton. The Dayton Holiday Festival is celebrating 45 years; kicking off with the Grande Illumination at 7:45 p.m. followed by the Children’s Parade. There will be live reindeer, Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays Contest, live entertainment, The Holiday Village and a Street Fair on Third Street with free carnival rides.

HOLIDAY ILLUMINATION: Nov. 24, 6:30-8 p.m. at Christmas Tree Park, corner of Main Street and Broadway, Lebanon. The city’s annual Christmas Tree lighting includes free horse carriage rides and Santa Claus in City Hall. Downtown shops are open late.

THE LEGENDARY LIGHTS OF CLIFTON MILL: Nov. 24-Dec. 31, 6-9 p.m. (Gates open at 5 p.m.); Closing at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. at Clifton Mill, 75 Water St., Clifton. Featuring 3.5 million lights; an old covered bridge covered in lights from top to bottom; traditional Christmas songs, miniature village, a light parade going down the main street along with two trains that go around the village and more.

WOODLAND LIGHTS: Nov. 25-Dec. 30, 6-9 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays andSundays through Dec. 3 and nightly Dec. 8-30, except. Dec. 23 and 24 at Countryside Park on the Washington Twp. Recreation Campus, 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Centerville. Celebrating the 25th anniversary season with lights and sights. To mark the occasion, every night of this year’s festival includes carriage rides, amusement rides, live animals, concessions and activities for kids. For more information, visit www.woodlandlights.org.

LIGHT UP THE HEIGHTS: Nov. 27, 6-8 p.m. at Huber Centre, 6140 Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights. Annual lighting of the Community Christmas Tree featuring the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Music by local choir, free horse-drawn wagon rides, model train display, photos with Santa ($7 per photo) and more.

A CARILLON CHRISTMAS: Nov. 29-Dec. 30, 5-10 p.m. daily; Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton. Featuring thousands of Christmas lights, traditional holiday fare, Santa Claus, live music, historical craft demonstrations and more. For more information, visit daytonhistory.org.

KETTERING MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS TREE: Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m. at Lincoln Park Commons, 3600 Shroyer Road, Kettering. The City of Kettering’s annual holiday tradition returns with the lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree in Lincoln Park. Holiday music and carriage rides begin at 6 p.m. leading up to the countdown of the lighting of the tree at 6:30 p.m.

CHRISTMAS IN MASON TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: Dec. 1, 6-8:30 p.m. at Downtown Mason Plaza, Main Street and Route 42, Mason. The event begins incudes the official lighting of the Christmas Tree, an iceless skating rink, photos with Santa, food vendors and adult beverages, kids crafts and activities, music and more.

TIPP CITY’S COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING: Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m. at Downtown Tipp City, Corner of North Third and Main Streets, Tipp City. Featuring free hot chocolate and cookies, the community band, Santa and Mrs. Claus riding in on a fire truck.

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FAIRBORN HOMETOWN HOLIDAY FESTIVAL AND TREE LIGHTING: Dec. 1, 4-7 p.m. at Fifth-Third Commons, Corner of Main Street and Grand Avenue, Fairborn. There will be activities for the kids, pictures with Santa Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides, pony rides for $1 and the Holiday Parade at 6 p.m. ending with the Tree Lighting by Santa.

CHRISTMAS AT THE KROC: Dec. 1, 6 p.m. at The Salvation Army & Kroc Community Center, 1000 N. Keowee St., Dayton. The day will include family holiday activities, including the tree lighting, a craft fair, pictures with Santa and more. For more information, call 937-528-5100 or visit dayton.salarmykroc.org.

CITY OF MORAINE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: Dec. 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at 4200 Dryden Road, Moraine. Featuring Christmas music and carolers, free cookies and hot chocolate, a visit from Santa Claus and the unveiling of the Christmas Light display. For more information, call 937-535-1000.

WEST CARROLLTON HOLIDAY FEST: Dec. 2, 4-6 p.m. at Civic Center, 300 E. Central Ave., West Carrollton. Sponsored by the City Beautiful Commission, the event features free “take your own” photos with Santa Claus, horse-drawn wagon rides, musical performances by local high school choirs and tree lighting at 6 p.m. For more information, call 937-859-5182.

VANDALIA CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: Dec. 3, 6 p.m. at Vandalia Recreation Center, 1111 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia. Join in for cookies and hot cocoa, entertainment, kid’s holiday craft and a visit from Santa Claus.

Restaurants that are open and serving holiday dinner on Thanksgiving Day

Published: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 5:31 AM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:13 PM

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering a special Thanksgiving menu this year. CONTRIBUTED
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering a special Thanksgiving menu this year. CONTRIBUTED

Several Dayton-area restaurants will be open and serving a special holiday meal on Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 23. 

It’s highly recommended to make reservations as soon as possible at those restaurants that are accepting them, and to call ahead at others to see if there’s a wait. 

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Carvers Steaks and Chops at 1535 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725) in Washington Twp. will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving serving a traditional three-course Turkey Dinner with stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy, glazed carrots, cranberry sauce, choice of soup or salad, bread and pumpkin pie. The cost is $24 or $26 (larger portion of turkey). The restaurant’s regular menu will also be available. For information or to make reservations, Call (937) 433-7099.  

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Burkey Family Restaurant at 670 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood (across from Hara Arena), will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day serving Roast Turkey with Dressing and Honey Baked Ham among many entrees. Entrees range from $10.95 to $16.95. Reservations accepted. Call (937) 275-7127.

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The Wright Place at 2800 Presidential Drive in the Holiday Inn, Fairborn-I-675, will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. serving roasted turkey with stuffing, harvest salad, whipped potatoes, green bean casserole, baked ham, roasted root vegetables, sweet corn bake, breads and assorted desserts. 

The cost is $27 for adults, $21 for seniors 60 and over and for members of the military, $14 for kids 6 to 12, and children under 5 eat free. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Laura Rozen at (937) 431-4611.

Hasty Tasty at 509 Linden Ave. in Dayton will be open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, serving a special dinner that includes dessert. The cost is $9.95/$10.95. No reservations necessary, but if you have a large party, let the restaurant know you’re coming. For more information, call 

(937) 254-8431.

The Wellington Grille at 2450 Dayton-Xenia Road in Beavercreek will be open from noon to 7 p.m., with the final  seating at 6 p.m. A full Thanksgiving dinner will be available, as will some regular menu items. Reservations are limited. Call (937) 426-4600 to check availability.

Mimi’s Cafe at 4402 Walnut St. at The Greene in Beavercreek will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., serving a breakfast/brunch bar in the morning and offering a special Thanksgiving dinner, along with a handful of other menu options, starting at 11 a.m. The special dinner includes choice of soup or Mimi’s house or Caesar salad, roasted turkey, gravy, buttered cornbread stuffing, whipped mashed potatoes, candied pecan sweet potatoes, green bean casserole with French fried onions, apple cranberry orange relish, bread basket and choice of brown sugar pumpkin pie or bourbon pecan pie. The cost is $18.99 for adults, $8.99 for children. For more information or to make reservations, call (937) 426-9153.

Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market restaurant at 3677 Wayne Madison Road in Trenton will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., serving a Thanksgiving Day buffet. The cost is $12.99 adults, $6.99 children 10 and under. INFO/RESERVATIONS: Call (513) 988-9211.

Rob’s Restaurant at 705 Arlington Road, Brookville will offer a traditional Thanksgiving buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $10.99 for adults, $5.99 for kids. Reservations are accepted, and the restaurant also will have open dining for call-ahead customers. The recommendation is to call one hour ahead of the time you want to arrive to confirm whether the restaurant can fit you in.

Bob Evans Restaurants will be open until 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Opening times will vary, so check with your local restaurant. A special Thanksgiving lunch/dinner menu available after 11 a.m. featuring a choice of roasted turkey and dressing, ham or country-fried steak with a choice of three sides, endless bread and a slice of pie for $14.99. A kids’ special menu includes turkey with two sides, endless bread, a slice of pumpkin pie and a kids’ beverage for $6.99.

Harrison’s Restaurant at 106 E. Main St. in Tipp City (937-667-5200) will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, taking the last reservations at 5 p.m. Cost of the special holiday dinner will be $17.95 for adults and $9.50 for children 10 and under. The menu will include oven roasted turkey, celery & sage dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, house-made cranberry sauce, and Pumpkin Pie, Warm Apple Crisp or Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce.

El Meson in West Carrollton is hosting a “Thanksgiving Feast” from noon to 6 p.m., with last reservations being accepted at 5 p.m., on Nov. 23. Dishes are priced individually. Reservations may be made at (937) 859-8299. 

The special menu will include a Roasted Turkey Dinner, served with chorizo and bread stuffing, potato and butternut squash mash and Colombian fried rice!. Other Latin entree specialties such as Paella Valencia and Coconut Crusted Fishalso will be available, as will a variety of tapas.  

Roost Events — formerly Roost American and Park City Club at 580 Lincoln Park Blvd. in Kettering — will host its first holiday dinner since announcing its name change and switch to an events-only concept. 

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The special holiday menu will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 23. The cost is $29.95 per person, $14.95 for children 5 to 12, and children 4 and under eat free. Reservations are required and can be made at (937) 222-3100.

The menu includes Butternut Squash, Sage Honey & Besciamella Flatbread; Crab and Gorgonzola Gougeres

Grilled Artichokes with Parsley Salsa Verde; Pepperoni & Ricotta Arancini; Caesar Salad; Rosemary Potato Soup; Oven Roasted Turkey; Butternut Squash & Besciamella Penne; Top Round of Beef ‘Pot Roast’; Cranberry Glazed Faroe Island Salmon; Braised Pork and Sauerkraut; 

Sous Vide Carrots & Carrot Top Gremolata; Balsamic Cranberry Salad; Haricot Vert Almondine; Roost’s Chocolate Cake; Salty Caramel & Vanilla Cream Puffs; Pumpkin Bars with Maple; and Lemon Ricotta Cookies.

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At Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, located at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek, a special Thanksgiving menu is available for $40 per person, starting at 11 a.m. For children under 12, a special Children’s Thanksgiving menu will be offered for $15. Reservations may be made by calling 937-320-9548.

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Here’s the Fleming’s menu:

Amuse-Bouche

Buttermilk biscuits with pumpkin butter and honey

First Course: choice of Fleming’s salad or lobster bisque

Main Course: Mixed herb-roasted turkey breast with gravy served with cranberry, orange and cinnamon sauce with house-made sage and brioche bread stuffing. Sides include roasted sweet potatoes with marshmallow; green beans with bacon, onion and almond; and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes.

Dessert course: choice of Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chantilly cream and caramel glaze or carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and dark-rum caramel drizzle.

We intend to update this file with additional Thanksgiving Day restaurant menus.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Another star joins the lineup for Country Concert ‘18

Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 11:13 AM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 10:46 AM

Thousands attended the annual Country Music Festival in Fort Loramie on July 7th, 8th, and 9th
David Moodie
Thousands attended the annual Country Music Festival in Fort Loramie on July 7th, 8th, and 9th(David Moodie)

It might be months away, but excitement is building for Country Concert ‘18. 

The top acts for our region’s annual country music festival in Fort Loramie, presented by K99.1FM, were announced in September.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.

One more artist just joined the lineup for the concerts July 5-7, 2018:

Carly Pearce is the voice behind "Every Little Thing," which is currently a big hit in country radio.

The lineup also includes headliners Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith as well as Brothers Osborne, Cole Swindell, Billy Currington, Jo Dee Messina, Midland, Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina.

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Additional details will be announced soon, according to Country Concert’s website. 

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K99.1 FM. is a Cox Media Group Ohio company. 

Here is a recap of the lineup and schedule so far: 

THE HEADLINERS

ERIC CHURCH 

Saturday headliner, 10 p.m.

Country singer Eric Church(HANDOUT)

 

BRAD PAISLEY 

Friday headliner, 10 p.m.

BRAD PAISLEY(TIME, INC)

TOBY KEITH 

Thursday headliner, 10 p.m.

MORE ACTS

BROTHERS OSBORNE

Saturday, 8 p.m.

COLE SWINDELL 

Friday 8 p.m.

Archived photo of Cole Swindell. CONTRIBUTED

BILLY CURRINGTON

Thursday 8 p.m.

JO DEE MESSINA

Thursday 6 p.m.

Jo Dee Messina(Contributing Writer)

MIDLAND

Thursday 4 p.m.

Midland performs at the Tito's Handmade Vodka Stage during weekend two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. TINA PHAN / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN(Tina Phan)

KANE BROWN

Saturday 4 p.m.

LAUREN ALAINA

Saturday 2 p.m.

CARLY PEARCE

Thursday, 7 p.m., Saloon Stage