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Artists part of state fair’s free concert series

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  LOUISVILLE - Each year, thousands of fans fill Cardinal Stadium for a great line-up of chart-topping artists performing in the Kentucky State Fair’s free concert series. And, each August, the Kentucky State Fair Board makes it a priority to offer a Free Concert Series for a variety of musical tastes.

This year’s line-up is no exception:

· 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.”

A Kentucky State Fair staple, The Oak Ridge Boys bring tradition and history for the 36th consecutive year. 

With their four-part harmonies and country roots, the group has scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album throughout their 50 years of entertaining. 

“When I go on stage, I get the same feeling I had the first time I sang with the Oak Ridge boys,” lead singer Duane Allen said. “This is the only job I’ve ever wanted to have.” This kind of passion and dedication resonates throughout their music.

Radio personality and R&B singer, Keith Sweat, has been making music since 1987. His sophomore album I’ll Give All My Love to You was No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 200. He discovered the musical groups Silk, Kut Klose and LSG.

Bringing an alternative twist to the group 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.”

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”.

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.