Filled with powerhouse performances, this year’s Main Stage Concert Series is one you DON’T want to miss!
Reba McEntire with special guest Parmalee
Kicking off the fair on Thursday, Aug. 18, is award-winning artist Reba McEntire with special guest Parmalee.
As one of the world’s most successful female recording artists, Reba has four decades of chart-topping songs under her belt. The Country Music Hall of Fame star has been recognized as the biggest female “hit maker” in country music history.
A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Reba has won 15 American Music Awards, 13 Academy of Country Music Awards, nine People’s Choice Awards, seven Country Music Association Awards, two GRAMMY Awards and is one of only four entertainers to receive the National Artistic Achievement Award from Congress. Here’s a staff favorite Reba song:
Parmalee, nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year Award in 2016, will take the stage first. Their “Feels Like Carolina” album earned critical praise from People, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard and more. The band has toured with other leading country stars.
Check out the video for their song “Feels Like Carolina.”
Jeff Dunham “Perfectly Unbalanced”
If Country isn’t your cup of tea, then comedian Jeff Dunham will have you rolling on the floor by the end of his show on Friday, August 19 at Freedom Hall.
Internationally acclaimed entertainer and ventriloquist Dunham is no stranger to the Kentucky State Fair. The Main Stage Concert Series is one of Dunham’s stops on his “Perfectly Unbalanced” tour that draws huge crowds – and laughs. Dunham is recognized as one of the world’s most inventive entertainers and has been awarded Billboard’s Top Comedy Tour for three years running.
Audiences everywhere roar to the wisecracks of Walter, the grumpy retiree; Bubba J, the beer-swilling NASCAR lover; Peanut, the manic sidekick; José Jalapeño, the spicy pepper; and Achmed, the dead terrorist. When describing Dunham’s characters, Time magazine said, “All of them are politically incorrect, gratuitously insulting and ill tempered.”
To watch video clips of Dunham’s performances, visit www.JeffDunham.com.
Chris Young and Brett Eldredge with special guest Chris Lane
Wrapping up the Main Stage Concert Series on Sunday Aug. 28, iHeart presents country music sensations Chris Young and Brett Eldredge with special guest Chris Lane.
After breaking into the country industry by winning Nashville Star, a singing competition, Young amassed seven Number 1 hits and nine Gold/Platinum singles. His most recent album “I’m Comin’ Over” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and the title track spent three weeks in the top spot. Young also has a Country Music Television Award and two American Country Awards.
Young will also be performing at this year’s Country Music Television Awards in the Crown Royal Lounge.
Check out his title track, “I’m Comin Over” below:
Brett Eldredge will also bring down the house on the Main Stage. Known for being a country powerhouse from his run of chart-topping songs, including “Don’t Ya,” “Beat of the Music” and “Mean to Me” from his debut album “Bring You Back.”
Eldredge has also won numerous awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publisher Country Music Awards, Broadcast Music Inc. Country Awards, Country Music Association Awards and Country Music Television Awards. Eldredge is also performing at this year’s Country Music Television Awards.
Featured below “Lose My Mind,” is a song that will truly make you crazy:
Special guest Chris Lane will join the pair on stage. Named one of the “New Country Artists You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone, the talented newcomer is best known for his song “Fix” which landed at Number 1 on Billboard’s Twitter Real-Time Emerging Artists chart.
Check out the video for “Fix” below:
Tickets to all Main Stage performances can be purchased at the Kentucky Exposition Center and Kentucky International Convention Center Ticket Offices. Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com.