Marion Popcorn Festival Welcomes Black Stone Cherry!

Marion Popcorn Festival

The Main Stage of the 42nd Annual Marion Popcorn Festival will again feature three nights of free live entertainment, including a high-energy Thursday Popcorn Block Party, a Country artist with 16 #1 hits on Friday, and closes out on Saturday with some Hard Southern Rockers from Kentucky visiting before their September LP release and European Tour, on September 7-8-9 in downtown Marion, Ohio.

BLACK STONE CHERRY will wrap-up the mainstage entertainment on Saturday, September 9.

Black Stone Cherry was formed in 2001 in Edmonton Kentucky. Having recorded seven studio albums as well as two EPs, their newest work ‘Screamin’ At The Sky’ is scheduled to drop in September and is available now for pre-order. Their first releases from those sessions are trademark rockers, “Out Of Pocket” in January, and the current song “Nervous”, joining BSC staples “White Trash Millionaire”, “Blame It on the Boom Boom”, “In My Blood”, “Again”, “Me and Mary Jane”, “Cheaper To Drink Alone”, “Blind Man” and “Ringin’ In My Head”. Lifelong friends Chris Robertson, vocals/guitar; Ben Wells, guitar/vocals; and John Fred Young, drums; welcome their new bass player Steve Jewell on his first studio recordings, having slayed the stages with them since 2021.

Over the years, Black Stone Cherry has both headlined and rocked 12,000-cap arena shows and shared the stage with a wide range of superstars, including Alter Bridge, Def Leppard, Gov’t Mule, Nickelback, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Darkness and ZZ Top. In 2018, BSC performed in front of 100,000 people at the Download Festival as main support to Guns N’ Roses and in 2021, the band played the venerated Royal Albert Hall, immortalized on 2022’s live DVD ‘Live From The Royal Albert Hall…Y’All’.

Black Stone Cherry just completed a recent performance at the Sonic Temple Art and Music Festival in Columbus, and were originally scheduled to perform at the 2020 Marion Popcorn Festival which was ultimately cancelled due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

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Thursday’s Popcorn Block Party entertainment will start at 6:30 PM, with the Friday and Saturday headliners performing at 8:30 PM, following a 6:00 PM opening band (to be announced later) and the recognition of sponsors during the festival’s Opening Ceremonies.

The 2023 dates of the Marion Popcorn Festival are September 7, 8 and 9. All performances on the Festival’s main stage are free of charge. A limited number of Kernel sponsorship seats are available for any of the Main Stage performances by calling 740-387-FEST.

Other festival events and activities include the Popcorn Parade on Thursday with over 300 units, a 5K Run, the return of a Popcorn Golf Outing, a Fine Arts show, crafts and vendors, a corn hole tournament, the Community Showcase Stage, a new Christian Stage, a Poppin’ Party stage beer garden, a Popcorn Matinee musical performance at the historic Marion Palace Theatre, and much more.

For more information, visit our web site at or call 740-387-FEST. The Marion Popcorn Festival is thankful for its many sponsors including the City of Marion