The Grandstand lineup for the 2016 Kansas State Fair has been announced. The Fair will headline big-name acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jake Owen. Performances by Lonestar, Old Dominion (appearing with Jake Owen,) the 2016 Fair lineup will also highlight a Hit Makers Reunion on Sept. 13, featuring performances by Restless Heart, Richie McDonald, Billy Dean and Suzy Bogguss. More shows will be announced at a later date.
Lynyrd Skynyrd will take the stage on Friday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. The rock group began making music more than 41 years ago in Jacksonville, Fla. The group highlights original member Gary Rossington, who has been joined by Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlock, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Johnny Colt, Peter Keys, Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase.
Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd has released more than 60 albums over the years, and has sold upwards of 30 million worldwide The group’s classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” has been downloaded as a ringtone over 2 million times. Tickets for this show will be priced at $50, $65 and $90.
Jake Owen performs on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m., and is joined by special guest Old Dominion. Popular country artist Jake Owen has five number one hits two his name, including the two-time platinum “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” and other platinum-certified hits such as “Alone With You” “Beachin’,” “The One That Got Away,” and “Anywhere With You”
The Gold-certified, chart-topping Barefoot Blue Jean Night, which has sold over five million copies, is followed up by Days of Gold, Owen’s latest album. Owen has been recognized with ACA and ACM Awards, as well as Grammy and Teen Choice Awards nominations.
Old Dominion blends old-fashioned country charm and lyrical wit with rock n’ roll grit. The group consists of singer Matthew Ramsey, lead guitarist Brad Tursi, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, bassist Geoff Sprung and drummer Whit Sellers. After seven years of honing their craft, the members have made names for themselves in Nashville by penning songs for artists like Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and more.
Old Dominion has been nominated for two Academy of Country Music awards for Vocal Group of the Year and New Vocal Group or Duo of the Year. The group’s recent single, “Break Up With,” reached the top of the charts for two weeks, and Entertainment Weekly called Old Dominion’s first released full-length album, “Meat and Candy,” a “deceptively smart, occasionally cheeky, stellar debut.”
In April, the group will rejoin Kenny Chesney for the second year in a row on his 2016 tour. Tickets to this show are priced at $35, $45 and $75.
Restless Heart is made up of five members, John Dittrich, Greg Jennings, Paul Gregg, Dave Innis, and Larry Stewart. With one of the most successful careers in country music history, these men have placed more than 25 singles on the charts, including six consecutive number one hits and four albums certified Gold by the RIAA. Restless Heart has won a variety of awards from multiple organizations including the Academy of Country Music’s Top Vocal Group trophy.
Their record-breaking string of hits, like “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Fast Movin’ Train” and “When She Cries” have audiences everywhere singing along. And, their story is far from over, Restless Heart still has a lot of history left to make.
Polished and engaging entertainer, Richie McDonald is the frontman of country group Lonestar, one of the genre's preeminent groups.
McDonald is one of the industry's most successful songwriters, and he has penned some of the era's most memorable songs, earning him a mantle full of awards and nominations.
Beginning a path in music by joining the church choir at five years old, Suzy Bogguss went on to add piano, drums and guitar to her repertoire. Not long after, Bogguss began singing in musicals.
It never occurred to her that she had a future on stage, but the long list of industry awards she's received, including her Grammy – prove that on stage is exactly where she belongs.
Billy Dean is know for pairing insightful songwriting with a clear and distinctive voice and masterful instrumental performance. Dean has received ACM awards, CMA awards, a Grammy, and countless devoted fans along the way.
His appeal reaches beyond the world of music. He has appeared on numerous TV shows and made-for TV movies. Dean transcends genres and generations, appealing to entire families.
Tickets for the shows will go on sale on May 6 at 8 a.m. and will be available for purchase through the Kansas State Fair Ticket Office by calling 1-800-362-3247 or at www.kansasstatefair.tix.com.
Grandstand tickets will include gate admission when purchased through August 20 (after this date, gate admission must be purchased separately in order to attend the show.)
There is a pre-sale available for Fair Fan Club members. Check the Fair's website for details.