CelebrateErie 2023 headliners announced

Mayor Joe Schember and City Events Manager Adrienne Nannen, on June 1, 2023, announced the mainstage music headliners for CelebrateErie 2023, which runs from Aug. 18 – Aug. 20, 2023. CelebrateErie is the region’s largest annual festival, showcasing our local musicians, artists, performers, businesses, food vendors, and rich cultural diversity.

The mainstage will be located at Fourth and State streets. Mainstage performances begin at 5:30 p.m. Headliners go on at 8 p.m.

  • Friday, Aug. 18: Erie All Stars present a tribute to Fleetwood Mac
    • The Erie All Stars is comprised of a five-member core band and several featured performers including Doug Philips, Ron Sutton Jr., Craig Stevens, Eric Brewer and Rich Griser. Featured performers will include some familiar faces from past Erie All-Stars performances such as Roy Hollis, Brittany Morton, and Elly Vahey.
    • Kicking off the mainstage on Friday will be local favorites Mambo, and Stephen Trohoske’s Dance JoneZz.
    • Friday’s show is sponsored by Cumulus Media and Classy 100 FM.
  • Saturday, Aug. 19: Flo Rida
    • Flo Rida was raised in Carol City, Florida. When he was a teenager, he found success rapping in local groups, including 2 Live Crew. His debut album in 2008, “Mail on Sunday,” featured “Low,” with T-Pain. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. From his fourth album, “Wild Ones, the single “Good Feeling” reached #3 on the Hot 100.
    • Local bands Life Thru Music and then The LEC will open for Flo Rida.
    • Saturday’s show is sponsored by Lilly Broadcasting and Happi 92.7 FM.
  • Sunday, Aug. 20: Parmalee
    • The Academy of Country Music’s “New Vocal Group of the Year” nominee is one of Country music’s most successful acts. The platinum-selling band of brothers is one of only four groups since 2001 to earn three consecutive Top 10 singles from a debut country album.
    • Comprised of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Knox, and life-long friend Josh McSwain, the North Carolina natives had their first #1 country hit with “Carolina.” The band recently returned to the top of the charts with their platinum-certified #1 single “Just the Way,” featuring Blanco Brown, and then with their follow-up single, “Take My Name” from their new album “For You,” which became a multi-week #1 country radio hit. Their latest single, “Girl In Mine,” is out now.
    • Opening the show Sunday night will be Blue Sky, and Refuge.
    • Sunday’s show is sponsored by iHeart Radio and 93.9 FM The Wolf

What they said:

“Events such as this enrich our communities, making Erie an even better place to live and visit,” said Jim Teed, Highmark’s Vice President of Sales for Pennsylvania Regional Markets. “On behalf of everyone at Highmark, we hope you enjoy the music, the art, the cultural experiences and everything else CelebrateErie has to offer.”

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and AHN Saint Vincent Hospital are the presenting sponsors for CelebrateErie 2023.

“CelebrateErie is more than a street festival – it’s a major draw for our region and truly touts our community, our talents, and our people, said Anita Kuchinski, Senior Vice President and Commercial Market Executive at Northwest Bank. “It’s a mission that perfectly aligns with Northwest Bank – as a team of people dedicated to helping our community reach new heights and their goals ‘For what’s next.'”

Northwest Bank is the mainstage sponsor for CelebrateErie 2023.

“These concerts close out each day’s events and bring tens of thousands of people downtown,” said Adrienne Nannen, Events Manager for the City of Erie. “We’re thrilled that we can provide them for free to our CelebrateErie visitors.”

CelebrateErie 2023 headliners were introduced during the mayor’s weekly news conference at the Perry Square stage on June 1, 2023. From left: Mike Russo, CelebrateErie production manager; Perry Wood, executive director of the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority; Adrienne Nannen, City of Erie Events Manager, Mayor Joe Schember; Jim Teed, Highmark’s Vice President of Sales, for Pennsylvania Regional Markets; Rich Griser, Erie All Stars; Anita Kuchinski, Senior Vice President at Northwest Bank; Craig Stevens, Erie All Stars. MONICA Z. GUSTIN/CITY OF ERIE
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