Come August, you’ll be able to catch shows by bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, country boy group Emerson Drive and hip hop/reggae artist Sean Kingston – they’re all part of the Alaska State Fair entertainment lineup, which was released this morning.
The Charlie Daniels Band returns after just playing the fair last year. And in local news, Alaska-bred rockabilly band Joey Fender & the 55s are returning from their new home in Austin to play a free fair gig.
Tickets go on sale July 1, and cost $29.50 general admission and $39.50 reserved, unless otherwise noted
The complete lineup is
Aug 21: Alaska Rocks, featuring rockabilly band Joey Fender & the 55s and The Sanders Band, Americana (free)
Aug. 22: Mayday Parade, a rock band on this summer’s Warped Tour
Aug. 23: Tracy Lawrence, whose country No. 1s include 2007’s “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” ($35-$45)
Aug. 24: Kansas, ‘70s arena rock band behind “Carry On Wayward Son”
Aug. 25: Emerson Drive, young country-rock band with No. 1 “Moments” ($19.50-$29.50)
Aug. 26: Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Grammy-winning bluegrass banjo player
Aug. 27: Terry Fator , Las Vegas ventriloquist and impressionist ($35-$60)
Aug. 28: Micky Dolenz, from 1960s pop quartet The Monkees ($19.50-$29.50)
Aug. 29: Sean Kingston , hip hop/rap/reggae singer behind “Beautiful Girls.”
Aug. 30: The Charlie Daniels Band, classic country/southern rock band returning after a 2007 fair show ($28-$38)
Aug. 31: Gin Blossoms and The Rembrandts, two 1990s pop hit-makers
Sept. 1: Hobo Jim and his Nashville All-Star Band , Alaska singer-songwriter ($15)
All concerts will be held at the Borealis Theatre on the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer. Tickets go on sale July 1 and, when purchased prior to the day of the concert, include fair admission.
For more information or to buy tickets after July 1, visit www.alaskastatefair.org or call 907-745-4827.
What do you think of the concert lineup? Hits? Misses? How does it compare to years past? Let us know in the comments section below.