Chow some burgers. Tip back a few beers. And, of course, jam to some great live tunes. The 2017 National Hamburger Festival promises all three of these experiences during its annual event held at Lock 3 Aug. 12-13.

This year’s live music offerings are a first for the festival, which enters its 11th year in August.


Justin FabusJustin Fabus | Sat., Aug. 12 @ 4 p.m.

A city-kid with some serious chops for country music? That’s Justin Fabus, a Pittsburgh native with a big following. In December 2016 he become a member of the CMA. And, on May 5, Justin released his latest single “I Hope She’ll Think of Me.” Later that month, he was selected as a 2017 “CMA Emerging Artist” and performed at the 2017 CMA Fest. Take a listen:


 BuckNakedBandImageThe Buck Naked Band | Sat., Aug. 12 @ 8:30 p.m.

The signature live performance on Saturday night will be by one of Northeast Ohio’s favorite country bands, The Buck Naked Band. The country band, which has been kickin’ it since 2011, combines modern country, rock and roll, and some funk along the way. Known as “BnB” by their most devout of fans, the band is sure to draw a great crowd to the National Hamburger Festival. So, get there early to enjoy some “holler’n and swaller’n” good times. Learn more:


Shooter SharpShooter Sharp & The Shootouts | Sat., Aug. 12 @ 2 p.m.

Led by local Akronite Ryan Humbert, Shooter Sharp & The Shootouts will perform an acoustic duo that’s marked by their signature old-school style of country music made famous by the likes of Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams and others. Check them out online:



renegadeThe Rhythm Syndicate | Sun., Aug. 13 @ 12 p.m.

These guys have been performing a funky mix of soul, Motown, classic rock, blues and swing for the past 15 years. Learn more here:






KingBees-ForRealThe King Bees | Sun., Aug. 13 @ 3:30 p.m.

This six-member band has spent nearly 25 years together busting out a myriad of genres ranging from blues and swing to funk and jazz. Get the buzz: