Grandstand concerts feature nationally known performers

09/05/2013 3:49 PM

08/06/2014 2:46 AM

After the stomach settles from Pronto Pups and tilt-a-whirls, it’s customary for Kansas State Fairgoers to end their evenings with grandstand concerts.

This year, as always, attendees have near-nightly concerts by recognizable, national acts to choose from.

Here’s a look at who’s playing this year:

Kansas

7:30 p.m. Friday; tickets $13: The classic rockers known for hits such as “Dust in the Wind” and “Carry On Wayward Son” are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a tour that includes a stop in the state that loaned it its name.

Bridgit Mendler with Shane Harper

7:30 p.m. Saturday; tickets $29: Mendler rose to fame playing Teddy Duncan on the Disney Channel series “Good Luck Charlie.” She’s also a singer whose debut album, released last year, was called “Hello My Name Is…” and featured the singles “Ready or Not” and “Hurricane.” Her opening act, Harper, also is an actor and singer who plays Mendler’s love interest Spencer Walsh on “Good Luck Charlie.”

Eli Young Band with Mockingbird Sun

7:30 p.m. Sunday; tickets $28-$43: Eli Young Band is a Texas-based country band best known for its No. 1 hits “Crazy Girl” and “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” Opening act Mockingbird Sun is a three-piece country band from Nashville.

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers with Billy Dean

7:30 p.m. Tuesday; tickets $23-$29: This classic country band, consisting of Larry Gatlin and his brothers Steve and Rudy, formed in the late 1970s and peaked in the 1980s with hits such as “Broken Lady” and “All the Gold in California.” Opening act Dean was discovered on “Star Search” and is most recognized for his hits “Only Here for a Little While” and “Somewhere in My Broken Heart.”

Jars of Clay

7:30 p.m. Thursday; tickets $15-$30: Jars of Clay is a Christian rock group from Nashville. Its new album is called “Inland.”

Theory of a Deadman

7:30 p.m. Sept. 13; tickets $25: The Canadian rock group is most recognized for its No. 1 hits “Bad Girlfriend” and “Lowlife.”

Lynyrd Skynyrd

7:30 p.m. Sept. 14; tickets $35-$45. Tickets to the concert by these Southern rockers and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are selling well. The group, founded in the 1960s in Florida, claims hits such as “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.”

Toby Keith with JT Hodges

7:30 p.m. Sept. 15; only $50 and $35 tickets remain. This year’s top-selling show is Toby Keith, the Oklahoma-bred country star known for his love of Chevy pickup trucks, his patriotism and his good-time hits such as “Red Solo Cup,” “Beer for My Horses” and “How Do You Like Me Now?” Opening act JT Hodges is known for his song “Hunt You Down.”

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