Kentucky State Fair Board

Press Release Date:  Friday, July 29, 2005  
Contact Information:  Amanda Storment
VP / PR & Media
(502) 367-5180

Louisville, KY … From country to rap and all things in between, stars from a variety of musical genres will provide a 10-night free concert lineup that’s sure to include an evening for everyone’s musical tastes. General admission to the 101st Kentucky State Fair will allow fans into these free concerts held in Cardinal Stadium. All free concerts are sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and begin at 8 p.m.

Cheap Trick – Thursday, August 18
After 25 plus years of world touring with music industry stars like Queen, Kiss and Pearl Jam, Cheap Trick will make a stop at the Kentucky State Fair. The rock band will have plenty of hits to perform with over 40 gold and platinum records produced since 1977. The audience is sure to be entertained with hits like “I Want You To Want Me,” “Surrender” and “The Flame.”

Twista with special guest Nappy Roots – Friday, August 19
Hip-hop fans will be entertained when Chicago superstar Twista and the Kentucky band Nappy Roots perform. Twista broke through the rap industry in 2004 when his platinum-selling album Kamikaze debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and singles “Slow Jamz” and “Overnight Celebrity” hit #1. Nappy Roots formed in 1995 in Bowling Green, Kentucky and was the number one selling hip-hop group of 2002. Expect to hear hits from the platinum selling Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz, and new songs from The Humdinger, set for release on August 16.

Seether and Crossfade with special guest Dark New Day – Saturday, August 20
Cardinal Stadium will be rocking when hard rock bands Seether and Crossfade hit the stage. Seether’s performance will include songs off their latest album, Karma and Effect, and the albums Disclaimer and Disclaimer II, which includes the recent Billboard Top 10 hit “Broken.” Crossfade will perform songs off their self-titled debut album, including their latest hit “Cold,” the #1 Record of the Year at Active Rock radio. Dark New Day will open the night with songs from their newly released debut album Twelve Year Silence.

An Evening With The Oak Ridge Boys – Sunday, August 21
Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Vocal Group Hall of Fame members The Oak Ridge Boys will continue their tradition of performing at the Kentucky State Fair. The Oak Ridge Boys’ will light up the stage with many of their 25 number one hits, including “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue” and “Thank God For Kids.”

An Evening With Steven Curtis Chapman with special guest The Crabb Family – Monday, August 22
Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman, the recipient of 47 Dove Awards, four Grammy Awards, an American Music Award and 41 number one radio hits, will bring an inspiring and moving performance to the Fair. The pop-rock performance will include hits from Chapman’s newest CD, “All Things New,” including the number one hit title track. Southern gospel group The Crabb Family, five siblings from rural Kentucky, will perform hits from their latest album Driven.

Gary Allan and Dierks Bentley – Tuesday, August 23
Country music fans will get a treat when Gary Allan and Dierks Bentley come to town. Allan has spent time on the country music charts with hits that include “Tough Little Boys,” “Songs About Rain,” “The One” and number one hits “Nothing On But The Radio” and “Man To Man.” Bentley, winner of the Academy of Country Music’s top new artist award in 2004, made it big in the country music industry when his debut single “What Was I Thinkin’” reached number one.

Bobby Vee & The Vees, Fabian and Brian Hyland – Wednesday, August 24
Bobby Vee, Fabian and Brian Hyland will delight crowds with smash hits of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Vee produced 38 Top 100 hits and seven gold records from 1959-1970, including “Susie Baby,” “Devil or Angel” and “Take Good Care Of My Baby.”  Billboard Magazine called him “one of the top ten most consistent chart makers ever.” Fabian, one of the most popular teen idols in the music and film industry in the ‘50s and ‘60s, will bring his hit singles to the Fair, including gold records “Turn Me Loose” and “Tiger.” Brian Hyland will also perform hits that will turn back the clock, including the hit “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.”

In Concert – George Jones with The Kentucky Sisters – Thursday, August 25
This year marks George Jones’ 50th anniversary as a recording artist. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has more charted singles than any other artist in any format of popular music, including one of country music’s all-time great records “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” and will perform many of them at the Kentucky State Fair. Country and gospel music group The Kentucky Sisters will open the night with songs from every genre of country music, from today’s hits to traditional favorites. 

Bill Medley – Tribute to the Righteous Brothers – Friday, August 26
Bill Medley, one-half of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo The Righteous Brothers, has been entertaining crowds for over 40 years and will do so once again at the Kentucky State Fair. With hits like “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” the most-played song in American radio history, “Unchained Melody,” arguably the best love song of all time and “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life,” the 1987 Song Of The Year, fans are sure to be entertained with classic songs that are loved by generation after generation. 

An Evening With Trace Adkins – Saturday, August 27
Grand Ole Opry member and platinum selling artist Trace Adkins will bring one of country music’s highest-energy shows to the Fair once again. Expect to hear hits from his latest CD Songs About Me, as well as popular hits such as “Rough & Ready,” “Chrome” and “This Ain’t No Thinkin’ Thing.”  

For more information on these or other exciting events and attractions at the Kentucky State Fair, held August 18-28, visit