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Lancaster Festival Announces Star-Studded Lineup for 40th Anniversary Celebration, Lee Brice, Wilson Phillips to Headline


LANCASTER, Ohio – Excitement filled the air as the Lancaster Festival Board of Directors unveiled the highly anticipated lineup for this year’s 40th anniversary celebration during its second-annual “Reveal Event” on Saturday night. Headlining the festivities are country sensation Lee Brice and pop icons Wilson Phillips, set to grace the Wendel Concert Stage with their electrifying performances.

Scheduled for July 27, the Grand Finale concert will feature Lee Brice alongside the esteemed Lancaster Festival Orchestra. Known for his chart-topping hits and dynamic stage presence, Brice’s captivating performance promises to be a highlight of the festival. With accolades including Grammy nominations and multiple number-one singles, Brice’s blend of country charm and musical talent has garnered him a dedicated fan base.

“One of the most-played country artists of all time on Pandora, he was the second country artist behind Keith Urban to receive the Pandora Billionaire plaque. Lee is also a GRAMMY nominee, a CMA and ACM award winner, and he’s taken nine radio singles to Number One: “A Woman Like You,” “Hard to Love,” “I Drive Your Truck,” “I Don’t Dance,” “Drinking Class,” “Rumor,” “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” “One of Them Girls,” and “Memory I Don’t Mess With.” Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and others have recorded his songs, and he’s performed on numerous TV shows, including NBC’s Today, ABC’s The Bachelor, NBC’s The Voice and FOX’s Miss USA 2018. Lee performed as part of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song honoring Garth Brooks, aired on PBS March of 2020.”

Following suit, Wilson Phillips will take the stage on July 20, accompanied by the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. Celebrating the 35th anniversary of their self-titled album, Wilson Phillips brings their iconic harmonies and timeless hits, including the chart-topping single “Hold On,” to Lancaster. With a legacy spanning decades and numerous awards to their name, Wilson Phillips remains a powerhouse in the music industry.

Leading up to the 35th year anniversary of their self-titled album, Wilson Phillips has a lot to celebrate. Since the beginning of their union in 1990, Wilson Phillips have won the Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for the now iconic single “Hold On,” were nominated for four Grammy Awards, as well as two American Music Awards. After a 10-year hiatus, Wilson Phillips reunited and were back to business releasing albums and making appearances. In 2011, they appeared in the blockbuster hit comedy “Bridesmaids” and starred in a TV Guide Network reality show: Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On. Additionally, Chynna Phillips competed on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and Carnie Wilson hosted Karaoke USA and participated on Celebrity Wife Swap.

All of the girls commit their time and energy to various charities. Carnie Wilson competed in the Chopped Tournament of Stars: Rachel vs. Guy, in 2014, to represent WLSFA (Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America) and won $10k for second place.

Since 2011, Wilson Phillips have been on tour performing their #1 hits “Hold On,” “Release Me” and “You’re in Love” amongst other hits and covers. “Dedicated,” their latest recorded album in 2012, was released in honor of their 20th anniversary, and consisted of cover songs originally penned by their parents (The Mamas and Papas and The Beach Boys). Created without the input of their family members, the album’s renditions of hits such as “California Dreamin” and “God Only Knows” epitomize the harmonies of Wilson Phillips and accentuate the classic songs with a breath of fresh air.

The Lancaster Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Gary Sheldon, will open each evening, marking Sheldon’s remarkable 37th and final season with the orchestra. Spectators can anticipate dazzling fireworks to close out each Saturday evening performance, adding to the magic of the festival.

In addition to the headline acts, festival-goers can look forward to a variety of events and performances, including a tribute to the King of Pop with Who’s Bad – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience on Wednesday night.

Tickets for these highly anticipated events, along with a full schedule of festival activities, will go on sale starting May 1. More information can be found at www.lancasterfestival.org as additional details become available.

As Lancaster prepares to celebrate four decades of music, art, and community, the stage is set for a memorable and unforgettable anniversary celebration.