Pepsi Live Free Music Series: 31 acts, 45 show, 11 days

All of the free stage acts are considered part of the Pepsi Live Free Music Series during the Nebraska State Fair. 

Music crosses multiple genres and generations, including Christian, polka, country, rock, folk, bluegrass, contemporary and more.

“Music lovers should be able to find at least a few shows in this list that match their style,” said Bill Ogg, Nebraska State Fair Executive Director. “We have artists from all over the state and even from across the country to round out our live music offerings.”

While many of the acts are local Nebraska fan favorites, some names have made a splash nationally.

Christian artists Katy Nichole and Jordan St. Cyr will take the AGI Stage Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m.

Jordan began his musical journey at 14 by writing poems and lyrics that revealed the deeper things of life. He honed his ability as a singer and guitar player and while serving his church as a worship leader, he developed a desire for songwriting and was able to introduce his first songs to the church. Jordan’s most recent accomplishments include 8 nominations and 5 wins at the GMA Canada Covenant Awards in 2019 and 6 nominations in 2020. He is represented by Jeff Roberts & Associates Booking Agency (For King and Country, Zach Williams) and managed by Redbird Artists Agency (Franklin, TN).

“If I had one thing that I could say to people, it’s that God is a God of healing.” Singer/songwriter, and new Centricity Music signee, Katy Nichole doesn’t make this statement lightly. She’s experienced supernatural healing in her own life. And her unwavering belief in God’s ability to heal and the power of prayer have swiftly turned her into a viral sensation thanks to her debut single, “In Jesus Name (God of Possible),” now sound-tracking millions of personal stories on TikTok and Instagram. The song, however, finds its genesis in Katy’s own narrative—a miraculous story of suffering, hope, and ultimately, healing.

Award-Winning Branson Artist Bill Chrastil will perform twice on the Pump & Pantry Party Pit stage Saturday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Bill has been a full time musician and entertainer. In addition to being a songwriter and producer, he is also an accomplished instrumentalist, playing the guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums and harmonica. Bill has been honored with numerous awards in Branson, MO including Best Gospel Cd of the year, Best Vocal Impressionist of the year, Best Horizon Show of the year.

Sherwin Linton and the Cotton Kings will perform three shows on Older Nebraskans Day, Monday, August 29, at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., all on the AGI Stage.

After a career of 60 years, Sherwin is still singing the songs of Elvis, Marty Robbins, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, and Johnny Cash with the same vitality that made them classics. He also performs many of his own hits and originals plus a great variety of Traditional Country, Folk, Gospel and Cowboy songs. With an estimated repertoire of over 5000 songs he can entertain any audience anywhere. An infectious smile, charming personality, and sincerity have won him a loyal legion of friends and fans all over the United States and abroad. Sherwin often plays over 250 dates a year and among his many unique accomplishments is a perfect attendance record. He has never missed a scheduled performance. Sherwin's show is complemented by his lovely and talented wife and vocalist, Pam Linton, and his great band 'The Cotton Kings.'

Floyd: A Tribute to Pink Floyd will perform opening night, Friday, August 26, at 8 p.m. on the Pump & Pantry Party Stage.

Floyd is the Midwest's most sonically pure and visually stunning tribute to the music of Pink Floyd. Comprised entirely of members from past Pink Floyd Tribute acts with the single minded goal of delivering the most authentic experience short of owning a time machine, Floyd has been captivating audiences with their Live performances since they first hit the stage. If you want your crowds to be steeped in the truest Pink Floyd experience, think Floyd.

Cowboy Rides Again - A Tribute to George Strait - Monday, September 5, 3 p.m., Earl May Fair Center Stage.

Enjoy an afternoon of great country music with the region’s best George Strait tribute band.  Enjoy all of George’s biggest hits like Amarillo By Morning, Check Yes or No, I Cross My Heart, The Chair, and so many more.  Featuring a talented band of Nashville-caliber players, and that classic George Strait sound, you’ll want to make sure you have your dancing boots on for this one.

Kali Indiana with Special Guest KC Cameron perform Sunday, August 28, at 1 p.m. on the Pump & Pantry Party Pit stage.

If you combined the tone and timbre of Miranda Lambert with the power and growl of Janis Joplin, then set it to outlaw country music, you'd have a good idea of KI’s music. Her high-energy, rock-infused show is unique for female country artists and brings a fresh feminine perspective to a genre filled mostly by men. KC Cameron finds roots from Detroit rock to growing up country in the family quarter horse business.  As a songwriter you’ll hear influence from George Strait to Bob Seger and everything in between as he and the band tour the Midwest and Red Dirt music haunts near you.  KC also keeps music in the family with his writing partner and wife Kali Indiana. 

Additional acts include:

Modern/contemporary:

  • Rascal Martinez
  • Formerly Three
  • Wonder Rising

Country:

  • Eli Mosley
  • Donnie Lee Strickland
  • Jason Mayer Band
  • McKenzie JaLynn Band
  • Modern Kowboy

Rock

  • The Lawnmower Dogs
  • Acoustic Music with Travis and Ashley Brock
  • Bases Loaded
  • Bert & Scott
  • Exit 312
  • Jessy Karr Band
  • Paul Stephen Duffy

Folk:

  • Chris Sayre
  • The Clogging Connection

Jazz:

  • The Lightning Bugs

Ethnic:

  • Leo Lonnie Duo
  • Leo Lonnie Polka Band
  • Many Moccasins Dance Troupe

Bluegrass:

  • The Garage Band
  • The Jacob Austin Band
  • The Shucks Brothers

Read more about all performers here.