CelebrateErie organizers announced the 2019 mainstage headliners Wednesday morning.

They include an all-local collaboration on Friday, a double headliner on Saturday featuring Keri Hilson & Sister Sledge, and a chart-topping country artist Scotty McCreery who won American Idol in 2011.

The Erie All-Stars Present Queen – Friday, Aug. 16

A true celebration of Erie, The Erie All-Stars have been a staple of the CelebrateErie Mainstage for years, headlining for the first time in 2018. A collaboration between the Erie All-Stars, the Erie Philharmonic, the Erie All-Stars Choir, and the Erie Thunderbirds Drumline will honor the esteemed rock band, Queen. Queen’s vast catalog includes legendary hits like "Killer Queen," “Bohemian Rhapsody," “Somebody to Love," and "Another One Bites the Dust". Queen songs like "We Are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You" were designed for audience interaction, inspiring fans during extraordinary live performances around the globe. The iconic rock band has made a resurgence in pop culture after the premiere of the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” in 2018.

Keri Hilson & Sister Sledge – Saturday, Aug. 17

Saturday will feature a Mainstage double headliner with Sister Sledge and Keri Hilson.
Rising to fame in the disco era, Sister Sledge performs a range of disco, soul, and jazz. The sisters are most known for their hit “We Are Family,” which earned them a Grammy nomination. Sister Sledge continues to tour internationally and has performed in the White House, as well as for Pope Francis in 2015.

Beginning her career as a background vocalist and songwriter, Keri Hilson wrote for artists including Mary J. Blige and Britney Spears. Her feature in Timbaland’s “The Way I Are” sparked her solo career in 2007. Known for her hits, “Knock You Down,” “I Like,” and “Pretty Girl Rock,” Hilson’s music influences include R&B, hip hop, and pop. Her first studio album, “In a Perfect World…” debuted the Billboard Hot 100 at number four, and earned her two Grammy nominations. Now, ten years after her debut album and nine years since her latest album release “No Boys Allowed,” Hilson announced new music to be released this summer, and is touring alongside Mya, Brandy, Ashanti, and Monica in the “Femme it Forward” tour.

Scotty McCreery – Sunday, Aug. 18

American Idol’s Season 10 winner, Scotty McCreery established himself as a successful country artist quickly after the show, with two certified platinum singles “The Trouble with Girls” and “I Love You This Big” on his debut album. McCreery was awarded New Artist of the Year at both the Academy of Country Music Awards and the American Country Awards in 2011. His third studio album, “See You Tonight,” featured the popular hits “See You Tonight” and “Feelin’ It” in 2013.

McCreery’s newest album, “Seasons Change” was released in 2018. Singles “This Is It” and “Five More Minutes” have both topped Billboard’s Country Airplay chart at number one since the album’s debut. This summer, McCreery is on a US tour performing his latest album.

Celebrate Erie runs from Friday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 18 in downtown Erie. Learn more »