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State fair announces free concerts




Several top artists from various musical genres – country, Christian, rock, oldies and pop – will bring their high-energy entertainment to Kentucky for the 2007 Kentucky State Fair FREE concert lineup. With paid admission to the fair, held each August in Louisville, fairgoers gain access to all the concerts held in Cardinal Stadium for free.

Each show begins at 8 p.m.

Alice Cooper – Thursday, August 16: Alice Cooper, the “King of Shock Rock,” kicks off the opening night of the state fair. Experimenting with styles such as garage rock, disco, heavy metal and glam rock during his career, Cooper had ten U.S. top 40 singles including “School’s Out” and “Only Women Bleed.” Cooper brings his vaudeville stage show, hits spanning over four decades and fan favorites from albums including Welcome to My Nightmare, Billion Dollar Babies and Alice Cooper Goes to Hell.

An Evening with Kool & The Gang – Friday, August

17: “Celebration” will be the theme of the night as chart-topping sensation Kool & The Gang takes the Cardinal Stadium stage. The group produced 24 albums that featured R&B and funk jams such as “Jungle Boogie,” “Ladies Night” and “Get Down on It.” These notable songs, among others make Kool & The Gang one of the most sampled artists of all time.

Saliva with special guest Black Stone Cherry – Saturday, August 18: In 2001, Saliva delivered the smash rock hit “Click Click Boom” off their sophomore album Every Six Seconds. Their next album certified gold Back Into Your System produced #1 hit “Always” along with “Rest in Pieces” and “Raise Up.”

Edmonton, Kentucky-bred southern rock band Black Stone Cherry guest stars with their sensational hit “Lonely Train” from their self-titled debut album.

An Evening with The Oak Ridge Boys – Sunday, August 19: The Gospel Music Hall of Fame group will perform at their 31st Kentucky State Fair featuring hits that made them popular for decade after decade. With more than 25 chart-topping hits such as “Elvira” and “Bobbie Sue,” The Oak Ridge Boys give audiences a night to remember.

MercyMe with special guest Tree63 – Monday, August 20: Praise and worship aficionados will be treated to hits by Grammy Award and Dove Award-winning artist MercyMe. This multi-platinum smash group has had five Billboard Hot Christian Songs including the Christian/pop/ country crossover “I Can Only Imagine,” “Spoken For,” “Homesick,” and “In the Blink of an Eye.

Special guest Tree63 won Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year in 2001. Their notable songs are “Sacrifice” and “Blessed Be Your Name.”

Gary Allan with special guest Eric Church – Tuesday, August 21: Gary Allan’s repertoire spans seven studio albums producing three #1 country hits “Man to Man,” “Tough Little Boys” and “Nothing on But the Radio.” Selling over five million records, Allan exemplifies his versatility with various genres and bringing real-life experiences to his music.

Rookie country sensation Eric Church released his debut album, Sinners Like Me, in 2006 that featured three singles “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines” and “Guys Like Me.”

Lou Christie, Jay & The Americans and Lesley Gore – Wednesday, August 22: Lou Christie’s falsetto voice has made him a smash hit in the 60’s pop scene. Christie’s music can be heard on many movie soundtracks including the 1988 Academy Award-winning film Rain Man. Christie will perform his many hits including “Two Faces Have I” and “Rhapsody In The Rain.”

Jay & The Americans have spent the last four decades dedicated to the music scene. Songs like “This Magic Moment,” “Only in America” and “Come a Little Bit Closer” earned the group a spot on a PBS special 45 Years of Motown.

Lesley Gore is best-known for her 1963 pop hit “It’s My Party” solidifying Gore’s reputation as one of the best female teen pop singers of the 1960s.

Jo Dee Messina with special guest Steve Holy – Thursday, August 23: Award-winning artist Jo Dee Messina will be on hand to perform many of her eight #1 singles. Messina has been honored by The Country Music Association, The Academy of Country Music and The Grammy Awards and was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week #1 songs (“Bye, Bye,” “I’m Alright” and “Stand Beside Me”) from the same album.

Special guest Steve Holy has seen time at the top of the charts with the 2001 love melody “Good Morning Beautiful” and the 2006 sophomore album title track “Brand New Girlfriend.”

Switchfoot with special guest Emerson Hart – Friday, August 24: Switchfoot “dares you to move” as they continue on their summer 2007 tour. The San Diego based band’s latest ala bum, Oh! Gravity, topped the Internet and Christian charts. Songs like “Meant to Live,” “Dare You to Move” and “This is Your Life” have scored on the rock, adult contemporary and Christian charts.

Special guest Emerson Hart, former Tonic frontman, will introduce songs from his June-released debut album Cigarettes and Gasoline.

Blake Shelton with special guest Tracy Lawrence – Saturday, August 25: Blake Shelton’s career started with a bang when his debut single, “Austin,” spent five weeks atop the Billboard singles chart. Shelton returned with two new albums and two more #1 hits, “The Baby” and “Some Beach.”

Special guest Tracy Lawrence exploded onto the country scene with his debut album, Sticks and Stones that produced one #1 hit and three more #10 songs. His second album, Alibis, performed even better generating four #1 singles. Lawrence has amassed eight #1 hits, including his recent single “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.”

For more information, visit www.kystatefair.org.


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