The Dunbar Music Festival will feature American Idol stars and bands from the 90s

The second Dunbar Music Festival could be described as an American Idol star party followed by a 90s throwback party.

Noah Thompson and Huntergirl headline the first night of the second Dunbar Music Festival on November 4 at Marion.


The festival, scheduled for Friday November 4th and Saturday November 5th at Marion’s Pavilion is the second multi-day music event hosted by area concert promoter Cody Dunbar. Friday’s performance features American Idol finalists and up-and-coming stars HunterGirl and Noah Thompson in a headlining arrangement. Saturday’s show features a trio of 1990 acts: All-4-One, LFO and Blessid Union of Souls.

While the previous Dunbar Music Festival only featured country artists, next week’s event will bring different styles of music to the area.

“The goal is just to add more entertainment for the area,” Dunbar said. “I try to mix some genres and give people the opportunity to see something different. I want people who might feel like they’ve had a show of the type of music they like an option to see something just for them.

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Dunbar said Friday night was American Idol night, with the singing reality show’s latest winner, Noah Thompson, and runner-up HunterGirl.

“She’s as popular as he is. He’s got a song or two right now that’s going pretty well and she’s also found a huge fan base,” Dunbar said. “They’ve been co-headlining for a while. and they really hit it off, drawing 1,500 to 2,000 people every night.”

He compared Thompson to some of the popular country artists currently on tour and said HunterGirl often draws comparisons to Miranda Lambert.

“It’s really cool to bring them both together,” he added.

Dunbar said he was looking forward to Saturday night’s performance.

“I’m really excited because all over the United States right now there seems to be this kind of resurgence of bands from the 90s and 2000s. It’s music that I grew up with, but I haven’t doesn’t feel like that long ago.

Saturday’s lineup includes Grammy Award-winning All-4-One, who is best known for “I Swear,” “So Much and Love” and “I Can Love You Like That.” The rhythm and blues band still consists of the original four members.

LFO had two Billboard Top 10 hits with “Summer Girls” and “Girl on TV.” Blessid Union of Souls will also perform, which Dunbar says has generated a lot of interest in the region.

Dunbar said anyone growing up during this era will recognize several songs from each of the acts.

“It’s going to be fun to see them all in one night,” he added.

Tickets for the Friday and Saturday concerts are sold separately and start at $29. Information and tickets available at

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