It’s not every day a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee performs in Marysville, but that’s exactly what’s about to happen this summer.
After months of teasing and speculation on social media, the All Ohio Balloon Fest is excited to announce that leg- endary rock band ZZ Top will headline at this year’s fest on Thursday, Aug. 9.
The band is likely the biggest artist to ever perform at the All Ohio Balloon Fest.
The Dan Orr Project will go on at 5 p.m., with ZZ Top going on at 8 p.m.
Pepsi has also signed on as the exclusive beverage sponsor this year.
Tickets for the Thursday concert are on sale now at the Journal-Tribune office or eventbrite.com.
One of the all-time great rock acts, ZZ Top is known for hit songs like “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Cheap Sun- glasses” and “Gimme All Your Lovin’.”
According to a release from the band, ZZ Top is, “The longest running major rock band with original personnel intact.”
“ZZ Top’s music is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful and 100 (percent) Texas American,” reads the release.
ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, the bands catalogue includes 11 gold records, seven platinum records and three multi-platinum records.
“Our Festival has grown to a new level attracting national talent like ZZ Top and Fortune 500 companies like Pepsi,” said Event Coordinator Marie Woodford.
While ZZ Top will certainly excite local residents, Impact60 head Bruce Daniels said he sees this as an opportunity to bring new people to town as well.
He said it gives the city a chance to put its best foot forward and impress festival-goers from around the country.
According to Daniels, he was drawn to ZZ Top because he wanted to take advantage of the wide audience classic rock has. Though, he said, there was some personal taste that went into the decision to try to get ZZ Top.
“I’m 56 years old,” he said. “I’m a bit of a rock and roll head.”
Daniels said that while his goal is to get progressively larger acts each year, it’s important to take it one step at a time.
Such a big get is courtesy of a partnership between the All Ohio Balloon Fest and local non-profit Impact60.
According to Lavona See, Impact 60 coordinator, the Bal- loon Fest approached Impact60 about a possible partnership for this year’s event.
She said Impact60 is the beneficiary of the proceeds from the festival and all concert ticket sales from Thursday night go to the charity.
See said the classic rock era is, “Very dear to Bruce’s heart.”
“He felt that it would be a crowd pleaser for older people that maybe are interested in a benefit concert,” she said.
According to See, ZZ Top was simply, “A good fit.”
“It may be their first time to Marysville,” he said. “I think it can be an opportunity to showcase the county and city.”
“We’re trying something new,” he said.
Now that the band has been announced, See said they’re going to begin advertising the show around the Columbus area.
That includes going to certain music and arts events in the area and raising awareness of the event. Impact60 will also be present at local events like Friday Nights Uptown.
See said Daniels has always wanted to put on a benefit concert, with the proceeds going to the Hope Center.
Daniels said he hopes to raise $100,000 in proceeds for the Hope Center.
Anyone wanting to volunteer for the special shape balloon crew can contact Impact60 at its website or at info@ impact60.org.
Any other people interested in participating in ZZ Top’s stage setup crew can contact Kevin Behrens at kb@ marysvillejt.com.
For a schedule of events about the weekend festival you can go to www.allohioballoonfest.com.