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Lakeside boasts a celebrated history of famed musicians, entertainers and speakers who have graced the stage of historic Hoover Auditorium since it was built in 1928. The likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Ray Charles, Amy Grant and Three Dog Night have entertained crowds in our 2,600-seat auditorium. Summer concerts and performances are offered nightly. Marquee entertainers are listed below. View our online calendar for the entire summer entertainment series.

Always ABBA

Saturday, May 27

Over Memorial Day weekend, join Always ABBA for an ABBA tribute concert. Forty years after their debut, ABBA continues to connect with audiences of all ages through their timeless tunes “Dancing Queen, “Take a Chance on Me” and “Mamma Mia.”

Brass Transit

Saturday, June 17

To open the 144th Chautauqua summer season, Brass Transit will pay tribute to the decades-long, multi-platinum songbook of the band Chicago. Reminisce with classics like “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” and “You’re the Inspiration.”

Jack Hanna "Into the Wild - Live"

Sunday, June 18

Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, will travel to Lakeside with his favorite zoo friends for a special event in Hoover. His show features animals onstage for an educational and entertaining experience the entire family will enjoy.

Lou Gramm "The Juke Box Hero"

Saturday, June 24

As lead singer of the band FOREIGNER™, Lou Gramm’s unique vocals have placed the band among Billboard’s Greatest Artists of All Time with rock & roll anthems “Jukebox Hero,” “Feels Like the First Time” and “Cold as Ice.”

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

Saturday, July 1

Lakeside welcomes Gary Puckett & The Union Gap to the Hoover Auditorium stage this summer. As one of the most successful musical groups of the 1960s, this legendary band will sing fan favorites “Young Girl,” “Woman, Woman,” “Lady Willpower” and other popular hits.

Chubby Checker

Saturday, July 8

Chubby Checker, widely known for popularizing the twist dance style in the 1960s, will perform their number one hit, “The Twist,” “Limbo Rock” and many more musical favorites in Lakeside’s Hoover Auditorium.

Cirque Zuma Zuma

Friday, July 14

Described as an African-style Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Zuma Zuma will entertain Lakesiders of all ages with a thrilling performance. Their unique show features amazing acrobatic feats set to an exciting musical score.

Jefferson Starship

Saturday, July 15

Formed in the wake of legendary 1970s band and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship brings new energy to classic their songs like, “We Built This City” and “Miracles,” while staying true to the integrity of the music.

Steve Hartman

Tuesday, July 18

Steve Hartman, Emmy Award-winning “CBS News” contributor and longtime Lakesider, will share some of his favorite stories from traveling for his weekly feature “On the Road.” His segment airs Fridays on “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”  

Home Free

Friday, July 21

Home Free, a popular southern a cappella group, will combine quick-witted humor with country standards and pop hits for their Lakeside debut. Expect a high-energy show from the Season 4 Champions of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.”

OSU Alumni Band

Saturday, July 22

The OSU Alumni Band, the largest all-brass and percussion college alumni band in the U.S., returns to Lakeside this summer. The band will perform fan favorites “Buckeye Battlecry” and “Hang On Sloopy,” along with jazz, marches, contemporary music and big band hits.

Lakeside Symphony Orchestra

Friday, July 28-Friday, Aug. 18

An annual tradition, the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra will perform seven concerts during its month-long residency in Lakeside. This summer, the symphony features light classics, soloists and a performance with Pointe of Departure Ballet Company.


Saturday, July 29

This summer, Lakeside welcomes the iconic 1970s band WAR to the Hoover Auditorium stage for the first time. This musical crossover band fuses elements of rock, funk, R&B and reggae into their popular songs “The Cisco Kid,” Why Can’t We Be Friends?” and “Spill the Wine.”

Michael W. Smith

Saturday, Aug. 12

With chart-topping hits and contemporary Christian songs, three-time Grammy Award-winning singer Michael W. Smith returns to Lakeside. He will perform some of his greatest singles, including “Place in this World” and “Open The Eyes Of My Heart.”

The Drifters

Saturday, Aug. 19

Step back in time with The Drifters as they perform doo-wop favorites “Under the Boardwalk,” “Some Kind of Wonderful” and “This Magic Moment.” This show is jam-packed with choreography and harmonies that capture the sounds of Motown.

Riders in the Sky

Saturday, Sept. 2

Over Labor Day weekend, Lakeside welcomes the return of “America’s Favorite Cowboys,” Riders in the Sky, to perform renditions of western songs and comedic skits. After the show, join us for fireworks along the waterfront.

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Purchasing a Daily, Saturday or Season Chautauqua Pass includes admission into Lakeside Chautauqua and all shows in Hoover Auditorium, plus additional benefits. A separate "ticket" is not necessary to attend a Hoover show. As always, children age 12 and under and guests over age 90 are always free. Parking is an additional charge. Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes may be purchased online at or upon entering the gates of Lakeside. Please allow two weeks for online processing. There are no reserved seats for Hoover shows; seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Present your Chautauqua Pass upon entering Hoover Auditorium.

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