(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — CelebrateErie is back for the summer Flo Rida and Parmalee will be heading to Erie to perform.

The free, three-day festival takes place in downtown Erie and will run Aug. 18-20, 2023.

Erie All Stars presents Fleetwood Mac will play the mainstage Friday, Aug. 18; Flo Rida will headline Saturday, Aug. 19; and Parmalee will perform Sunday, Aug. 20.

  • Opening for the Erie All Stars group on Friday, Aug. 18 is Mambo and Stephen Trohoske’s Dance JoneZz.
  • Opening Saturday, Aug. 19 for Flo Rida will be Life Thru Music and The LEC.
  • Kicking off Sunday night’s concert with Parmalee, Aug. 20, are local bands Blue Sky – Allman Brothers tribute band and Refuge.

Watch the full announcement during the Mayor’s weekly news conference below:

The Erie All Stars is a five member band with several featured performers, 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.

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.

The events manager for the City of Erie says Flo Rida is one of the biggest hip-hop acts to perform on the CelebrateErie stage. 

The platinum-selling band of brothers, Parmalee, 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 number one 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.

After the pandemic pause on CelebrateErie and seeing the response to last year’s return, the City of Erie events manager says everyone involved is excited to bring the show back once again.

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.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and AHN Saint Vincent Hospital are the presenting sponsors for CelebrateErie 2023. Northwest Bank is the mainstage sponsor.

First, we had to take a couple of year’s off of CelebrateErie, and so seeing everyone back downtown last year and being able to support all of the local businesses and artists that are special and unique to Erie is really exciting. Of course, we get some out-of-town visitors as well and they come in and see all of the great things that Erie has to offer,” said Adrienne Mannen, events manager, City of Erie.

Last year’s CelebrateErie 2022 headliners were X Ambassadors, Ja Rule, Mya and Jimmie Allen. That was the first CelebrateErie concert since 2019 due to the pandemic.