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Louisville, KY - Each year, thousands of fans fill Cardinal Stadium to relive their glory days with classic hits and experience new and upcoming acts that are on the verge of super-stardom. And this year’s free concert line-up is no exception. Fans can witness the next big thing with artists such as Jake Owen and Hot Chelle Rae and break out their 80’s aqua-net with Cinderella. Check out this year’s line-up to find old favorites and new ones.
Thursday, August 16 – Cinderella with Sebastian Bach
Friday, August 17 – Keith Sweat with Robbie Bartlett
Saturday, August 18 – Hot Chelle Rae with Twenty One Pilots
Sunday, August 19 – Oak Ridge Boys with Jimmy Fortune
Monday, August 20 – Newsboys with Sanctus Real
Tuesday, August 21 – Ronnie Milsap with BJ Thomas
Wednesday, August 22 – Jake Owen with Florida Georgia Line
Thursday, August 23 – Happy Together Tour with Turtles, Grass Roots, Gary Puckett, Buckinghams and Micky Dolenz
Friday, August 24 – Young the Giant
Saturday, August 25 Justin Moore with Colt Ford
“We are excited to be able to bring high quality, affordable entertainment to Fair patrons,” Harold Workman, President and CEO, said. “The free concert series brings old favorites and the newest up-and-coming artists, and we are pleased to offer this year’s line-up.”
Perennial favorites the Oak Ridge Boys return on Sunday, Aug. 19, with their popular, gospel-flavored brand of high-energy country-pop mix of hits. Self-described as a “gospel quartet singing country music backed by a rock and roll band,” the Oaks are promoting a new gospel album with this year’s visit. Opening for the Oak Ridge Boys will be longtime Statler Brothers vocalist Jimmy Fortune.
Rave reviews went to last year’s Fair visit of the “Happy Together Tour” – featuring a collection of pop music stars from the1960s. This year’s 27th anniversary tour hits town on Thursday, August 23. The Happy Together Tour features The Turtles with Flo and Eddie, known for such hits as “Happy Together,” “Elenore,” “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “You Showed Me” and “It Ain’t Me, Babe;” Gary Puckett, whose distinctive vocals were the signature sound of such Gary Puckett & the Union Gap hits as “Woman, Woman,” “Don’t Give in to Him” and “Young Girl;” the Grass Roots (“Two Divided by Love,” “I’d Wait a Million Years,” “Temptation Eyes” and “Midnight Confessions”); Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees (“Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer,” “Daydream Believer”); and the Buckinghams, whose string of hits include “Kind of a Drag,” “Don’t You Care,” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” and “Hey, Baby, They’re Playing Our Song.” Dolenze also plans a tribute to his late Monkees bandmate, Davy Jones, who died on Feb. 29.
Bringing an alternative twist to the free show lineup is the band Young the Giant. This indie rock group released their self-titled debut album in 2010. Their first two singles, “My Body” and “Cough Syrup”, reached the top five U.S. Alternative Song chart. Pop culture blog 411mania said, “Their influences are worn on their sleeves throughout, and the result is a sound that’s somewhat like a middle ground between Coldplay and latter-day Kings of Leon.” They are performing at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival later this month.
Along with Young the Giant, pop rock band Hot Chelle Rae is bringing their fireball like show to the Fair. They recently opened for Taylor Swift in her “Speak Now” tour. They gained widespread attention for their 2011 double platinum single, “Tonight Tonight” when it crashed into the Top 10 on Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
Country music star Justin Moore can be noted for hits such as, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away”, “How I Got to Be This Way”, and “Small Town USA”. Justin became the only new Country artist to earn #1 single status (for his hometown anthem “Small Town USA”). The success of “Small Town USA” made the Arkansas native the first solo artist to have a song from his/her debut album go to #1 since Taylor Swift’s “Our Song” (from her Big Machine Records self-titled release) in December 2007.
Jake Owen, who has made a name for himself in the Country music scene by touring with Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley, will be bringing his deep vocals and strong energy to the Fair. Owen is performing at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville this July.
Cinderella will also be transporting fans back to the hair band days with their glam metal and blue-rock sounds. They have sold over 20 million albums world-wide and are stopping off at the Kentucky State Fair in their 26th year of touring.
All shows will begin at 8 p.m. and gates will open at approximately 6:30 p.m. For a complete listing of events and attractions at the Fair, visit kystatefair.org. Or, for additional information, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.