Featured Entertainers - A World A'Fair

Featured Entertainers

Featured Entertainers are individuals or groups who are not part of the DIFI organization–and often not from the Dayton area. Here’s the lineup we’re for 2024. For actual performance times, check the ‘On The Stages‘ tab.

Kenyan Safari Acrobats did not perform at the 2024 festival due to immigration issues.

Chardon Polka Band is new to the World A’Fair and will be performing on the Informal Stage on Friday. The most feared and powerful polka band in the industry today, The Chardon Polka Band is a modern polka band from Cleveland, OH.  They are among the greater Cleveland area’s most recognizable performers. The band’s range of style is as equally eccentric as its members. The Chardon Polka Band plays traditional polkas reminiscent of The Lawrence Welk Show, a style that has endeared them to traditional polka fans, but sometimes morphs into punk-rock renditions of the same songs, modified to bring in a younger audience. The Chardon Polka Band also has an ever-growing library of original tunes, many of which are featured on their popular studio albums.

Olohana’s Polynesian Dance is new to the World A’Fair and will be performing on both the Formal and Informal Stage. Their mission is simple: we strive to spread love and kindness in a world so divided through Aloha Spirit! Dance is a unique opportunity to embrace the culture through appreciating the history, exercising tradition, and admiring the powerful art of Polynesian dance.

Father Son and Friends will be back on the Formal and Informal stage! Father Son and Friends has been a family band consisting of Joey (Father), Shawn (Son) and a host of friends that have traveled the globe sharing their brand of Celtic/Americana folk music.  Having played the Mumford and Sons “Gentleman of the Road” tour, received an Irish Music Awards Nomination for “Top Traditional Group in a Pub, Festival, Concert” and having wrapped up a tour of Scotland in 2022 – FSF are finding time back in the studio to work on their latest CD “Reign Mercy”.  
Whether it’s a Highland Games, Irish Festival, Folk/Community Festival, Theater or a Pub, Father Son and Friends is exactly what you are looking for. 

Steve Free, an award-winning and internationally recognized guitarist, singer, and songwriter is also returning. He is a storyteller who tells his stories in song. A Native Appalachian and Native American (Shawnee/Cherokee), and an accomplished flute player he has received a nomination as Emerging Artist of the Year for the Americana Music Awards in Nashville. Listen to this sample of Steve’s music.

Troupe Roja, a middle eastern ensemble, will be back.


Five Points Cloggers.

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