Sound of Summer

Fraze Pavilion has hosted performances from some of the biggest acts in the country.

Fraze Pavilion brings big music to southwestern Ohio

By Emily Wolfe

Who hasn’t played a show at Fraze Pavilion? Since it first opened in 1991, the 4,300-seat amphitheater in Kettering, Ohio, has hosted some of the biggest acts in the country—Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and hundreds more—and acted as a springboard for regional artists. 

At the pavilion, concertgoers can watch the show from traditional seats or bring a blanket to spread on the general admission lawn. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the Fraze concession stand. 

During the summer of 2023, the Fraze Pavilion hosted dozens of concerts and festivals, including performances by Donny Osmond, Clint Black and The Turtles. With a diverse lineup of national and local artists every year, there’s something for everyone—from children’s musicians to top name acts to tribute bands to older artists. 

Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band at Fraze Pavilion

The venue also hosts a $5 Concert Series, and its annual lineup of free festivals like Bacon Fest, Sips & Suds and Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest is open to the public.

The “Summer’s Best Music Under the Stars” will return in 2024. Watch for next season’s acts to be announced online in the months leading up to summer.