LOUISVILLE - Be prepared to sing along to the catchiest and most memorable songs of the past year and laugh with America’s favorite comedian at the Kentucky State Fair Main Stage in Freedom Hall this summer.
Featuring country crooners Toby Keith and Kip Moore, up and coming pop stars Carly Rae Jepsen and The Wanted and well known comedian Jeff Dunham, there's something for everyone at the Kentucky State Fair.
Carly Rae Jepsen and The Wanted –August 16 at 8 p.m.
Up and coming pop sensations, Carly Rae Jepsen and The Wanted, will co-headline the second night of the Kentucky State Fair. An established artist in Canada, Jepsen was virtually unknown in the United States until her song “Call Me Maybe” became a cultural phenomenon.
The song has sold more than 9 million copies worldwide and reached the #1 spot in more than 37 countries including the United States.
The music video went viral, reaching more than 400 million views on YouTube.
Alongside Jepsen, The Wanted, a British-Irish boy band, will take the stage in Freedom Hall August 16. Their debut album, “The Wanted” was released in the UK in 2010 and peaked at #4 on the UK charts with their debut single “All Time Low” earning the #1 spot. When they debuted in the United States in 2012, their album entered the charts at #7. Their summer song smash hit, “Glad You Came Here” peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has sold more than 3 million copies in the U.S.
In 2012, The Wanted won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Breakout Artist. Tickets are $45.
Toby Keith with Special Guest Kip Moore – August 17 at 8 p.m.
Singer-songwriter Toby Keith has released 16 studio albums, two Christmas albums and 3 compilation albums.
He has charted more than 40 songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Of those songs, 19 were number one hits, including “Beer for My Horses” and “As Good as I Once Was.” He has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. From his 2011 album Clancy’s Tavern, “Red Solo Cup” because an unavoidable hit, ingraining itself pop culture with its catchy beat and memorable lyrics. Special guest Kip Moore is making his return to the Kentucky State Fair. His music has been described as “Gritty, earthy vocals,” by the Billboard Country Monitor’s Tom Roland. Moore’s debut album, “Up All Night” was released in April 2012,” and his single “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” earned the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart. Tickets are $56 and $45.
Jeff Dunham Disorderly Conduct Tour –August 25 at 8 p.m.
Known for his hilarious side-splitting shows and politically incorrect characters, Jeff Dunham is a ventriloquist and standup comedian who has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, the Tonight Show, Sonny with a Chance and the Jeff Dunham Show.
His television special, “Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special,” was a record breaking performance, drawing more than 6.6 million viewers. In 2008, Dunham was voted Top Comic in Comedy Central?•s “Stand-Up Showdown.” He is the only person to win “Ventriloquist of the Year” award twice and was named “America?•s Favorite Comedian” by Slate.com. Dunham is known for characters such as Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Jose Jalapeño and Walter the grumpy old man. Tickets are $48 and $40.
Alan Jackson and Gary Allan, two dynamic chart-topping country artists will open the 2013 Kentucky State Fair on Thursday, August 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49 and $39.
Tickets may be purchased at the Kentucky Exposition Center and the Kentucky International Convention Center Ticket Offices.
Tickets may also be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000.