Country music artists Dylan Scott and Adam Doleac will be the main musical acts at the 2018 Festival of the Bells in Hillsboro, festival coordinators announced Wednesday.
Festival of the Bells Committee President Rick Williams said Scott, a rising country star from Louisiana, will perform at the festival Friday, July 6, and Doleac, who is featured on Pandora’s 2018 Country Artists to Watch list, will be the feature act Saturday, July 7.
“We went through about 12 different artists trying to get booked this year,” Williams said. “We’re really happy with who we have.”
“Dylan Scott has had a number one hit and has another one rising on the charts quick, and Adam Doleac is pretty young, but it seems like when they come through Hillsboro they become megastars,” Williams added in reference to stars like Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and many more who have played at the festival over the years.
Local artist Patrick Roush will open for Scott on Friday, and Cincinnati rock group Bad Habit will open for Doleac on Saturday, Williams said.
The Festival of the Bells, now in its 34th year, will be held July 5, 6 and 7. It will be held this year at Southern State Community College in Hillsboro, following years of being held in the center of town.
The stage at Southern State will be set up off to the right side of the SSCC Patriot Center and will face south toward Hobart, Williams said.
He said parking will be available at Southern State, Shaffer Park and Hobart.
For the 13th year, a Christian concert featuring Hollyn and Unspoken will kick off the festival’s entertainment on Thursday, July 5. Hollyn, a young female performer from Pike County who is on TobyMac’s label, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Unspoken, who has toured with Big Daddy Weave and Sanctus Real and has charted songs on numerous Christian music charts, will play at 9 p.m.
Scott has a No. 1 single with “My Girl” and has a new release titled “Hook” that has caught the attention of the music world, a news release from the FOB Committee said.
“Dylan’s music, inspired by his father who played with Freddie Fender, shows a respect for traditional country, yet embraces multiple moodier genres,” the news release said. “His unique voice and welcoming personality guarantee his success in country music for years to come.”
Doleac played in the College Baseball World Series with Southern Mississippi before turning to music. He has earned success as both a performer and songwriter, penning songs for Darius Rucker and Kane Brown. Songs that have established him as a rising star include “Whiskey’s Fine” and more recently “Bigger Than Us,” the news release said.
Roush, a country singer/songwriter from Lynchburg, has an album titled “Stronger.”
Bad Habit has played in the Cincinnati area for 20 years, according to the news release, and covers songs by Styx, Kansas, Boston, Queen and more.
All the concerts are free to the public.
David Wright contributed to this story.