Carolina Lights Passes on Sale Now!

Oct. 11-22, 2023


Pepsi Place Stage

All performances at the Pepsi Place Stage start at 7 p.m. except  on Oct. 23.

Please note: Acts are subject to change without notice.

Villa Nova


Wednesday, October 12

Villa*Nova will be rocking harder than ever as the 2022 opening band at the S.C. State Fair on the Pepsi Place stage. This band has earned a reputation as a funk and hip-hop inspired party rock outfit over the course of a decade and a half of touring and recording. Listen out for “Vipers,” the band’s recent single, which recalls the glory days of 90’s alt-rock with a hard-hitting wall of guitar sounds accompanied by stacked vocal harmonies and an undercurrent of old school hip-hop grooves.

Frank Solivan Dirty Kitchen


Thursday, October 13

Multi-Grammy nominated Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen is a torrent of mind-blowing bluegrass. Known for their meaty pile-driving rhythms and Frank’s dynamic and bold vocals, the band’s last two albums have both received a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. Other influences include country, jazz, blues, southern rock and soul.  The band’s highly anticipated new album, Hold On, will be released in 2022.



Friday, October 14

FreeBird is the ultimate Lynyrd Skynyrd experience. As a band FreeBird’s members have been in love with the music since childhood, and they play these songs with the same passion and intensity of Lynyrd Skynyrd themselves. If you saw the original line up in the 1970s you will appreciate the accuracy, if you’re just discovering the music for the first time, you’ll be blown away by hit after hit of incredible music and amazing players. Vocalist Chris Howard masterfully catches the essence of Ronnie Van Zant’s vocals and stage persona, guiding the band and players through solos, song after song. Guitarists Matt Chenoweth (Ed King/Steve Gains), John Hopkins (Allen Collins) and Jeff Langston (Gary Rossington) play their roles with such explosive energy and skill you’d think you were at a show in the 1970s. Russell Ingram on drums and Jeff Brashears on bass nail down the groove and power of Artimus Pyle and Leon Wilkeson rhythm section, while keyboardist Joey Huffman (formerly with Lynyrd Skynyrd and more) gracefully adds in Billy Powell’s keyboards for a full and amazing rendition of one of the greatest bands that ever recorded and toured.



Saturday, October 15

Jason Sikes is one of the most recognized names when it comes to Elvis tribute artists. He has been an entertainer for 15 years, won numerous awards and appeared on countless television shows.  Sikes performs a full range of Presley songs, from the middle 1950s into the early 1970s. Sikes is from Graniteville, S.C.

Orquesta MaCuba


Sunday, October 16

Mayi Lopez was born and hails from Matanzas Cuba, the birthplace and the original home of the “Cuban Clave” and “Guaguanco.” With 30 years of singing and entertaining experience, Lopez’s sultry Cuban voice and original Cuban choreography and dance moves are matched by none. Eddie Lopez is from Chicago with deep roots in Mariachi Music. Also with 30 years of singing and entertaining experience, his Soulfull English R&B vocals bring a fresh approach to Cuban rhythms. The duo will perform with their orchestra to provide the live big band experience you will appreciate.

Ranky Tanky


Monday, October 17

This Grammy Award winning, Charleston, S.C.-based quintet, performs timeless music born from the Gullah culture of the southeastern Sea Islands.  Their debut album was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and NBC’s TODAY show. It also soared to the number one position on the Billboard, Amazon and iTunes jazz charts. Ranky Tanky is known for playful game songs, ecstatic shouts and heartbreaking spirituals.

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Tuesday, October 18

Sugarcane Jane, led by Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee, from Loxley, Ala., have been Americana’s sweethearts from Alabama’s Gulf Coast for over a decade. Between the duo, they have amassed a rich musical heritage working with such notables as Neil Young, Steve Winwood and Dwight Yoakam. The music they make together is simple and direct — yet rooted in country and rock, and anchored by their sweet and soulful harmonies.

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Wednesday, October 19

Ervin McKoy comes from a singing Dynasty. Being one of 10 children, Ervin had no choice but to continue his family’s history of being an entertainer.  In 2020, Ervin transformed into “Da Soul Man” to bring back the lost voices of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. 

Imagine the spirits of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra and Teddy Pendergrass embedded into one soul. McKoy is from Dillon, S.C. and lives in Charlotte, N.C.

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Thursday, October 20

 This Nashville-based singer has a bigger mission than just her music career. With influences ranging from The Chicks, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Earl Thomas Conley and Merle Haggard, honest storytelling lies at the heart of everything Adams does.

The Tams


Friday, October 21

The Tams have been entertaining and thrilling audiences for more than 50 years.  Known for such hits as “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy,” “What Kind of Fool,” “I’ve Been Hurt” and “Untie Me #12 on the R&B Charts,” The Tams have had several Gold Records, and one Platinum Single. “What Kind of Fool” hit #9 on the Billboard charts, and #6 on the R&B charts. “Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me” hit #1 in the UK in 1971. While “Be Young, Be Foolish” only hit #26 on the Top 40, the single sold over one million copies, sending it to Platinum status. In 1986, “Ain’t Nothin Like Shaggin’ ” hit #6 in UK Billboard charts, before being banned due to the UK’s definition of “shag.” Though their style of music has historically been referred to as beach music, which they have had many beach music hits, it can be also classified as a mixture of smooth soul, and R&B.  Their show is fun, fresh and exciting and appeals to audiences of all ages and musical tastes.

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Saturday, October 22

One of the top classic country acts in the Southeast! Hailing from Pearson, Ga., Danny Dawson has one of the smoothest voices you’ve ever heard.  Influences consist of George Jones, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Tanya Tucker, Tracy Lawrence and Charley Pride.

Joshua Rogers


Sunday, October 23
Show starts at 4 p. m. 

Joshua Rogers is an American gospel singer. Rogers rose to prominence when he became the first male and youngest winner of Black Entertainment Television‘s Sunday Best during the show’s fifth season and has become a household name to gospel music lovers across the nation. Inspired by the turbulence of the pandemic, social injustices and the collective grief felt around the world, Mixed Bag Entertainment artist, Joshua Rogers recently released a single “Still Gon’ Trust,” which delivers a heartfelt message of strength, resilience and reminds us how important it is to trust in God. Rogers is a native of Greelyville, S.C.  

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