Four national music headliners will perform at this year's CelebrateErie, bringing contemporary music to the summer festival, organizers announced Tuesday.

They are:

  • Friday, Aug. 19: X Ambassadors - pop rock night brought to you by HAPPI 927 and Lilly Broadcasting
  • Saturday, Aug. 20: Ja Rule and Mýa - hip-hop and R&B night
  • Sunday, Aug. 21: Jimmie Allen - country night

The musicians will perform on the main stage at 4th and State St.

The rest of the music lineup will be announced at a later date.

CelebrateErie is returning for the first time in two years following COVID-19. It will run Friday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 21.

In addition to music, there will be a chalk walk; local vendors highlighting art, culture, food, family and business; and more.

There will also be several new additions including:

  • “Jam Sesh,” a walk-up music space for musicians of all backgrounds to use
  • Youth basketball tournament with Erie’s Police Athletic League
  • Walk-up 3-point basketball contest
  • Walk-up cornhole tournament
  • Participatory drum circles

Erie News Now and HAPPI 927 are proud sponsors of the event.

Learn more about the performers

X Ambassadors, the pop rock band out of Ithaca, N.Y., is known globally for hit songs like “Renegades” and “Unsteady” from their certified platinum album “VHS,” which was released in 2015. X Ambassadors released its third full-length album, “The Beautiful Liar,” in 2021.

Ja Rule has sold more than 30 million records worldwide, has been nominated for four GRAMMY Awards, and had several hits that made the top 20 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1999 and 2005, including “I’m Real (Remix)” with Jennifer Lopez and “Always on Time” with Ashanti.

Mýa is a GRAMMY-Award winning artist with two double-platinum records, and several massively successful singles, including “Ghetto Superstar,” “Take Me There” and “Free.” In 2001, Mýa collaborated with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, P!nk and Missy Elliot on a remake of “Lady Marmalade,” which was featured in “Moulin Rouge” and became the most successful airplay-only single in history.

Jimmie Allen has amassed one billion career on-demand streams and was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2022 GRAMMY Awards. Allen made history when he released his debut album “Mercury Lane” in 2018, becoming the first Black artist to launch a career with two consecutive No. 1 hits on country radio, with his songs “Best Shot” and “Make Me Want To.” His current single “Down Home” continues to climb the country charts.