Josh Krajcik will make central Ohio a stop on his latest tour when he opens for Chicago at Dublin's free Independence Day celebration concert.
Krajcik, who was runner-up in the 2011 X Factor television show competition, began touring this month to promote his new album, Blindly, Lonely, Lovely, and Dublin is his only Ohio stop.
"It certainly is a great way to play in Columbus," Krajcik said. "It'll be a lot of fun. Chicago is amazing.
"It's definitely a great way to play my hometown."
Krajcik said his parents introduced him to Chicago's music.
"They have such a great instrumental," he said.
Although he's lived in Columbus for about 10 years, this will be Krajcik's first time at Dublin's free Independence Day concert.
"I hear they're always really great," he said.
"It's exciting. I have friends that live in Dublin so I'll get to hang with them."
But Dublin is just one city on a tour that goes all over the country, with stops in New York, Atlanta, San Diego, Nashville and Boston.
"I knew I'd be really busy," Krajcik said. "There's a lot of promo stuff. We drive overnight.
"There's not a whole lot of free time, but it's going well. It's always good to be busy and always fun to play."
Krajcik said recording his latest album -- a mixture of rock and roll, soul and R&B -- was a different experience from previous albums.
"The previous ones were made independently," he said. "We did it all in one studio. It was self-produced.
"For Blindly, Lonely, Lovely, there were different producers," Krajcik said. "It was a much different process in making this record.
"Before, I went to one studio. In this case, the work was done in different studios over six months."
Krajcik's latest album dropped in April and gave him some time to relax before starting his summer tour.
"In fact, before the tour I had a number of weeks off, just doing emailing and phone calls, but I was able to do that from home," he said. "I had some down time."
Despite being busy, touring has its upsides.
"I go to New York City soon," Krajcik said.
"I always have a good time there. My brother lives there. I will hang with him," he said.
The tour also will take him south.
"I'm playing a show in Birmingham (Ala.). It's one of the greatest cities in the south," Krajcik said.
"I'm looking forward to that. They have this great rib place. Any place I play I get to see the good things about the city."
But a stop in Ohio doesn't come without its benefits.
"It's always good to come home," Krajcik said. "I've been living in Columbus for the last 10 or 12 years so it's home, especially after being on the road for a while.
"It's nice to play so close to home."
Krajcik will perform at 6:30 p.m. at the Independence Day Celebration concert.
Chicago will follow at 8 p.m., with fireworks ending the evening at 9:50 p.m.
"I'm really looking forward to it because Dublin is a great place in Ohio," Krajcik said.
"My album is out ... I hope people pick it up and sing along."
Dublin's Independence Day Celebration festivities begin at 8 a.m. with the Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby at the Dublin Community Recreation Center's pond.
The inflation celebration is at 9 a.m. at Metro Center.
The Dublin Wind Symphony will play on the grounds of the Dublin Community Church at 10 a.m. and the Independence Day parade will go through Historic Dublin at 11 a.m.
Gates at the Coffman High School football stadium open for the evening celebration at 4:30 p.m. and the Emerald City Swing Orchestra plays at 5 p.m.
Stadium seating is free and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information about Independence Day in Dublin, visit dublinohiousa.gov/independence-day-celebration/.