Two big-time recording artists from two different musical genres, playing on successive nights, has the Pickerington area buzzing with anticipation as the Pickerington Violet Festival heads into the weekend.

Two big-time recording artists from two different musical genres, playing on successive nights, has the Pickerington area buzzing with anticipation as the Pickerington Violet Festival heads into the weekend.

Add in the potential for nice weather, and it's a recipe for success.

That's the thinking of festival organizers, led by Chris Stein, who booked the up-and-coming country duo LoCash as the headline act for Friday, July 31, and classic-rock icons Kansas as the main act on Saturday, Aug. 1.

Stein, the Violet Festival president, said previous incarnations of the popular festival often went with one big musical act on a Saturday night.

That formula changed in 2013, when the Violet Festival, then held in downtown Pickerington, booked Jo Dee Messina on a Friday and Survivor on Saturday night.

"In 2013, it was the first time we had done two national acts. We thought that it would add flavor," Stein said.

The resulting success of that decision has carried into 2015, despite not having a Violet Festival last year due to location issues.

With a new location and a new outlook, organizers say they are confident the 2015 Violet Festival will be successful and they acknowledge that music is a huge part of the equation.

Stein said contemporary country music fans are familiar with Friday night headliner LoCash, previously known as LoCash Cowboys.

"LoCash definitely has a following. They have 'street teams,' which are fans of the band that promote them in every city," Stein said.

The duo played at the Violet Festival several years back, Stein said, before reaching national acclaim.

"They were very high-energy and got the crowd going. Now they have a major label behind them which allows them to concentrate on the music side of things," Stein said.

LoCash's single, I Love This Life, made it to No. 1 on SiriusXM's Hot 45 Weekend Countdown on July 11. The duo also wrote the hits You Gonna Fly for Keith Urban and Truck Yeah for Tim McGraw.

"LoCash has been getting a lot of airplay recently. And the forecast for the weekend looks to be fantastic, so it's all the more reason for people to come out," Stein said.

LoCash will take the Diley Ridge Medical Center's Entertainment Stage at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Saturday night's headliner will be familiar to those who grew up and are still growing up, listening to classic rock on the radio.

"There's really not much else to say; they've been at it for 40 years. Carry On Wayward Son, Dust in the Wind and Point of No Return are classics you still hear all the time on the radio," Stein said.

He considers the band to be "cross-generational" in terms of its appeal.

A self-described classic rock aficionado, Stein said he is confident like-minded folks will come out to see the band play a 90-minute set.

"I won't be surprised to see younger people out there," he said.

Kansas will perform from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

For a compete listing of all musical acts for the Pickerington Violet Festival, go to violetfestival.org/entertainment.

The Pickerington Violet Festival, which started Wednesday, July 29, continues from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and noon to midnight Saturday on the grounds of the Toll Gate Elementary/Middle School campus, at the corner of Toll Gate Road and Refugee Road in Violet Township.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $3 on Thursday, July 30 and $5 for Friday and Saturday.

All entertainment is free with an admission wristband, with the exception of carnival rides. Coolers are not permitted on festival grounds.

There is no on-site parking, with the exception of handicapped-accessible parking, on the festival grounds.

Free festival parking is available at the Pickerington High School North campus, 7800 Refugee Road; the Lakeview Junior High School campus, 12445 Ault Road; and Trinity Family Life Center, 6389 Blacklick-Eastern Road NW.

A free shuttle service will transport visitors to and from the grounds during festival hours.

For additional information, go to violetfestival.org.