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People evolve and it's important to not stop evolving just because you've reached 'adulthood.'

~J. K. Simmons

newbo evolve features an outstanding lineup of celebrity talent and experts in their fields to lead the festival’s cornerstone programming. 

Maroon 5 - Headlining on Saturday, August 4

Maroon 5, born and bred in Los Angeles, with their catchy hook, soaring vocals, and signature sound, have solidified their position as one of pop music’s most enduring artists. The band captured their first of three Grammy Awards as “Best New Artist” of 2005 and have gone on to sell more than 17 million albums worldwide. Their releases have also gone gold and platinum in over 35 countries.

Maroon 5 won over fans and critics alike with the hybrid rock/R&B sound and hit singles “Misery” and the anthemic “Moves Like Jagger,” “Maps,” “Animals,” “Sugar,” and more recently “Don’t Wanna Know.”

Learn more about Maroon 5 here.

Kelly Clarkson - Headlining on Friday, August 3

Grammy Award-winner Kelly Clarkson recently released her eagerly anticipated eighth studio album Meaning of Life which features the Grammy nominated single “Love So Soft.”

The Texas-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter first came to fame in 2002 as the winner of American Idol’s inaugural season, and has grown to be one the most popular artists of this or any other era, with over 100 No. 1 Billboard singles and total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles like “Thankful,” “Breakaway,” “My December,” “All I Ever Wanted,” and “Stronger.”

Learn more about Kelly Clarkson here.

Clint Harp (TV Personality, Carpenter) 

Clint Harp can be found regularly on HGTV’s hit show "Fixer Upper" as the dumpster diving, reclaimed wood loving carpenter. Now, together with his wife Kelly and their 3 kids, the Harps spend each day pursuing their dream and blazing the new trail of owning their own company. Harp Design Co. provides quality furniture and home goods to customers all across the U.S. and abroad. 

Up next, Clint will star on the DIY Network series "Wood Work." Along with his wife, Kelly, and the team at Harp Design Co., Clint uses reclaimed lumber to build new furniture out of old wood for clients. Crazy requests with tight deadlines are the norm, but Clint and his team are ready to tackle any “Wood Work” challenge.

Learn more about Clint and Harp Design Co. here.

Carson Kressley (TV Personality, Style Expert, Fashion Designer) 

Emmy Award-winning TV personality, style expert, fashion designer and New York Times best-selling author are some of the credits of the multi-talented and unforgettable Carson Kressley. Kressley started his career as an independent stylist and became invaluable to major designers such as Ralph Lauren. A few years later, he took a leap into television and, in 2003, became a breakout star as the fashion savant on Bravo’s "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."  The show won a primetime Emmy and gained a worldwide following for Carson. 

Aside from his own television shows, Carson has frequently appeared on talk shows as a fashion critic/commentator including "Live with Kelly and Ryan" and "Good Morning America." He is an ongoing judge in the multi-award winning, groundbreaking show "RuPaul’s Drag Race."  Carson also participates in shows like "Celebrity Apprentice" and Jane Lynch’s "Hollywood Game Night" to raise money for his various charities including Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund, on which Carson is a board member, and Project Angel Food to name a few. Carson is a New York Times best-selling author with three books to his credit.

Learn more about Carson here.

Alexis Ohanian (Internet Entreprenuer and Investor) 

Alexis was born in Brooklyn, NY but grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, MD where he slowly realized his desire to play professional football would potentially not pan out. After graduating from UVA, he turned his efforts towards making the world suck less. He cofounded Reddit and Initialized Capital, a seed stage venture fund with over $230M under management; he's the bestselling author of "Without Their Permission;" and an activist for the open internet.

Learn more about Alexis here.

Christian Siriano (Fashion Designer)

Following his studies in London under Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, Christian Siriano launched his eponymous collection in 2008. The Christian Siriano collection is shown each season at New York Fashion Week, and presented in New York and Paris to retailers. Known for whimsical and show-stopping design – from fantasy evening gowns and cocktail dresses to tailored sportswear, intricately detailed shoes and accessories – the collection can be found at department stores and specialty boutiques around the globe. In 2012, the first flagship Christian Siriano store opened in New York City, and in 2013 he was inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

Dubbed "the new king of old-school glamour" by Elle and "the next billion-dollar designer" by Yahoo! Style, his designs have appeared on the world's biggest stars and most prestigious red carpets. He counts entertainment's leading ladies as clients.

Learn more about Christian here.

John Waters (Writer, Director)

John Waters was drawn to movies at an early age, particularly exploitation movies with lurid ad campaigns. He began making his own underground films as a teenager. Waters used his native Baltimore as the setting for all his films and his first, an 8-mm short, was "Hag in a Black Leather Jacket" in 1964, starring Mary Vivian Pearce. Waters followed with "Roman Candles," "Pink Flamingos" and more before releasing his biggest hit, "Hairspray" in 1988, starring Ricki Lake. His next feature was "Cry Baby" featuring Johnny Depp followed by more wickedly funny and captivating films. Along with writing and directing, Waters is the author of seven books, a photographer and an actor. 

John Waters’ one man spoken-word lecture entitled “This Filthy World” will be performed at newbo evolve. This “vaudeville” act celebrates the film career and obsessive tastes of the man William Burroughs once called “The Pope of Trash.”  

View the ultimate guide to John Waters here.