Main stage features country, blues, rock-n-roll


A variety of bands will take the stage at the Strawberry Fest.

Phil Dirt and the Dozers

Phil Dirt and the Dozers

Wednesday, June 18 at 8:15 p.m.

With their musical talent, high energy and sense of humor, Phil Dirt & The Dozers transports audiences to another time and place—namely, the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s of rock and roll.

Imagine hearing The Four Seasons’ "Sherry" with the original falsetto vocals intact. Party on the beach with The Beach Boys and Jan & Dean. Hear the Platters’ soul-stirring "Only You" performed with all the scratches and skips found on a well-worn record, the way The Dozers first learned it.

The Phil Dirt Time Machine also stops in the 1970s, where audiences will experience some of the decade’s greatest hits, including tunes from the Doobie Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad, The Eagles and the O’Jays.

The band’s front man, Steve, emulates famous voices of the era. Mark, a two-time Emmy award winner, is a dynamic keyboard, saxophone and flute player. Tony (Icepick) often draws standing ovations with his vocals and guitar work. Hadden, another guitar virtuoso, shakes the house with his bass and baritone voice. Drummer Tony M gets listeners hearts pounding to the rhythm. Craig, whose bass provides the pulse, sings, too.

Emily Dale

Emily Dale

Thursday, June 19 at 4 p.m.

Emily Dale, a resident of Beavercreek, Ohio, has been playing piano for eight years and writing music for over three years. The 17-year-old sings and tickles the ivories. She played the role of Sandy in Beavercreek High School’s musical production of “Grease.” She also has recorded a vocal and instrumental CD entitled “Identify.”

The ColdShot Band

Friday, June 20 at 4:30 p.m.

The ColdShot is a young trio of musicians who blend original songs with cover tunes in the blues and classic rock genres.

“We’ve been playing together for three years,” said C.C. Vance, who plays guitar and sings lead vocals. “People have been real generous with us and given us lots of opportunities.”

Vance lives in Hilliard. Bass player Kyle Looney hails from LaRue. Both just graduated from high school this spring. Drummer Luke Powell, who has one more year of school to go, is a Marion resident.

Among their favorite tunes to perform are Texas Flood, Little Wing, Crossroads and Red House.

The Coldshot

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The Posse

Friday, June 20 at 6:15 p.m.

The Posse Band has become a popular fixture on the Madison County events scene. Whether it’s at the county fair, Lilly Chapel Homecoming or the Strawberry Festival, their dedication to having fun while playing music is infectious.

The group is comprised of deputies from the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, firefighters and municipal workers. Their blend of musical instruments gives them a unique sound in the world of country and western music.

Not stuck just on country, The Posse also play pop, oldies and gospel music.

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T. Graham Brown

Friday, June 20 at 9 p.m.

T. Graham Brown has penned several hit country songs and has garnered 10 Top-Ten hits, a CMA award, and a long list of national radio and television ads.

Shortly after arriving in Nashville in 1982, Brown was signed to Capitol Records. His first single release was “I Tell It Like It Used To Be.” He followed it with “Hell And High Water,” “Come As You Were” and “Darlene.” All became huge country hits, and Brown and his band, affectionally known as the Rack Of Spam, hit the road and haven’t looked back since.

T. Graham Brown

Brown was nominated for Country Music Association Awards in 1987, 1989 and 1990 and won in 1992 for Vocal Event of the Year with George Jones and others on “I Don’t Need Your Rocking chair.”

In 1998, Brown’s single, “Wine Into Water,” went to the top of the Christian Country Music chart and was named the No. 1 independent music video of the year.

Brown’s latest release, “The Next Right Thing,” was rated as a Top Five country CD by USA Today. The Chicago Tribune rated it the top country CD of the year. Brown’s “Live At Billy Bobs” just hit the streets and is also getting rave reviews.

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Lookin’ South

Saturday, June 21 at noon

The Lookin’ South Band has opened for Hot Apple Pie, Emerson Drive, David Allen Coe and Miranda Lambert. They have performed at a wide variety of venues throughout Columbus and outlying areas. They play country and classic rock-and-roll and are best known for their sensational three-part harmony.

Nobody does it better than these performers as witnessed by the reaction of their fans when they sing some of the following songs: “Why?” by Jason Aldean, “Save A Horse, Ride a Cowboy” by Big and Rich, “Hysteria” by Def Leppard, “Hillbilly Rap” by Neal McCoy, and “Southern Grace” by Little Texas.

The band members are: Denny Adams of London on bass; Levi Freleigh of Jeffersonville on lead vocals, lead guitar and rhythm guitar, Leonard Frey of New Albany on drums, Chad Hyatt of Hilliard on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, and Brad Scarberry of Hilliard on lead vocals, lead guitar and rhythm guitar.

State Street

Saturday, June 21 at 3 p.m.

Hailing from central Ohio, State Street plays classic rock tunes, with a few oldies thrown in for good measure, that get people up and dancing.

A sampling of their set list goes a little something like this: “At The Hop” by Danny and the Juniors, “Gimme Three Steps” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Love Potion No. 9” which was originally performed by The Clovers, “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry, and “Under the Boardwalk” by The Drifters.

Jim Boucher and Kevin Case are the band’s guitarists and vocalists. Eric Roy plays bass, and Ron Plumley plays drums.

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British Invasion

The British Invasion

Saturday, June 21 at 8 p.m.

The British Invasion was a time when audiences across America were singing and dancing to music from across the Atlantic Ocean.

This era has been recreated with accur-acy and excitement by The British Inva-sion Band. They’re not just about the Beatles; they cover all of the music from the English groups—from The Animals to The Zombies.

Everything has been faithfully reproduced to exact detail—from the music, clothing and hairstyles, to the vintage guitars and equipment. The show even includes a Sgt. Pepper Era set.

The British Invasion Band has performed all over the United States, as well as in London and Liverpool, England, birthplace of the British Invasion.

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