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The Sound

August 11, 2011

Iowa State Fair features mix of rock, country and pop on several stages

By Michael Swanger scenescribe@mchsi.com

Janet Jackson

Organizers of the Iowa State Fair have adopted the marketing slogan "Nothing Compares" for this year's event, though one could argue that this year's live music offerings are very similar to those found in previous years. Judging by the number of repeat performers and like-minded acts that have played the fair over the years, it appears as though fair officials are sticking to their tried and true ways of booking a heaping helping of old rock, popular country and the occasional pop act that is as foreseeable at the fair as corn dogs, sweltering heat and mullets on East Side Night.

Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course, if you like tradition. After all, what would the fair be without a few oldies bands (Lovin' Spoonful, Paul Revere), some classic rockers (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Doobie Brothers), a few "I-can't believe-they're-still-around-'80s-bands" (Def Leppard, Georgia Satellites), copious amounts of pop-country (Sugarland, Reba, Josh Kelley, Jason Aldean), an out-of-place pop act (Martin Sexton), local stalwarts (The Nadas, The Blue Band) and a big name pop act on the last day (Janet Jackson)?

Lynyrd Skynyrd

With that said, here's the lineup for this year's musical entertainment at the fair, from the free stages to the Grandstand. Enjoy. Tickets for the Grandstand shows are available through Ticketmaster, except for the Jason Aldean, show which is sold out. CV

For information about concerts at the 2011 Iowa State Fair, call (800) 545-FAIR or visit http://www.iowastatefair.org.

Grandstand

Aug. 11 — Casting Crowns, Sanctus Real, $30

Aug. 12 — Jason Aldean, Chris Young and Thompson Square, $45

Aug. 13 — Def Leppard, Heart, Evan Watson, $49

Aug. 14 — Sugarland, Sara Bareilles, $46

Aug. 16 — Lynyrd Skynyrd, Doobie Brothers, $46

Aug. 18 — Ronnie Dunn, Steel Magnolia, $35

Aug. 19 — Train, Maroon 5, Gavin DeGraw, $47

Aug. 20 — Reba, Jerrod Niemann, $45

Aug. 21 — Janet Jackson, $55

Free Stages

Anderson Erickson Dairy Stage

Sugarland

Aug. 11-13 — The Nadas, 7 & 9 p.m.

Aug. 14 — Martin Sexton, 8 p.m.

Aug. 15 — Josh Kelley, 8 p.m.

Aug. 16 — Sarah Darling, 8 p.m.

Aug. 17 — Ying Yang Twins, 8 p.m.

Aug. 18 — Brother Trucker, 7 & 9 p.m.

Aug. 19-20 — The Blue Band, 7 & 9 p.m.

Aug. 21 — Here Come the Mummies, 7:30 p.m.

Anne and Bill Riley Stage

Aug. 11-12 — Tonic Sol-fa, 7 & 9 p.m.

Aug. 14 — The Johnny Holm Band, 7 & 9 p.m.

Aug. 15 — All Star Weekend, 8 p.m.

Aug. 16-20 — Ron Diamond, 7 & 9 p.m.

Aug. 21 — Tenth Avenue North, 8 p.m.

Budweiser Stage

Aug. 11-13 — Jay and the Americans, 8 p.m.

Aug. 14-15 — Confederate Railroad, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.

Aug. 16-17 — Georgia Satellites, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.

Aug. 18-19 — Lovin' Spoonful, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.

Aug. 20-21 — Paul Revere and the Raiders, 8 p.m.

Susan Knapp Amphitheater

Aug. 11 — The Oak Ridge Boys, 8 p.m.

Aug. 12-13 — Jason Brown, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.

Aug. 14 — Jason Michael Carroll, 8 p.m.

Aug. 15-16 — Hairball, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.

Aug. 17 — The Band Perry, 8 p.m.

Aug. 18 — Stealing Angels, 8 p.m.

Aug. 19 — Country Gold featuring Leroy Van Dyke, Jeannie Kendall, Eddy Raven, T. Graham Brown, 6 & 8:30 p.m.

Aug. 20 — Blaine Larsen, 8 p.m.

Aug. 21 — Lee Brice, 7 p.m.



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