Eight performances and two free concerts are planned for the 2017 Du Quoin State Fair.
State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon announced Thursday that tickets for the
Du Quoin State Fair Grandstand concert series will go on sale Thursday, June 1 via Ticketmaster.com and the Du Quoin State Fair Box Office.
For the first time, the fair will offer a free concert in the Grandstand on the opening night of the fair, Aug. 25.
Dan Hampton, Otis Wilson and Steve McMichael, all members of the 1985 Chicago Bears defensive line, have formed a band called the Chicago 6. Fairgoers can expect to hear everything from ZZ Top to Smokey Robinson and John Mellencamp.
Chris Janson will take the stage Sunday, Aug. 27 along with High Valley. Known for his talents on the harmonica and high-energy shows, Janson will bring tunes including "Fix a Drink," "Holdin' Her" and "Buy Me A Boat."
Monday, Aug. 28 will feature the Gin Blossoms, whose career took off with hits including "Hey Jealousy" and "Til I Hear It from You."
On Tuesday, Aug. 29, Drew Baldridge will join Granger Smith. Dueling Pianos will take the stage Wednesday, Aug. 30.
On Thursday, Aug. 31, the Roots and Boots Tour will be coming to the Du Quoin State Fair. This tour features Sammy Kershaw along with Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye. Kershaw found success in the 90s with songs including "She Don't Know She's Beautiful" and "Queen of My Double Wide Trailer."
Grammy Award winners Switchfoot will perform Friday, Sept. 1. Formed in California as a garage band, Switchfoot has come a long way with hits including "Dare You to Move" and "Meant to Live." Also performing that evening will be Lifehouse, which has sold more than 15 million records worldwide and has played sold out shows around the globe for the last decade. The group is best known for songs such as, "Hanging by a Moment," "Whatever it Takes," and "Halfway Gone."
The Cadillac Three burst on to the music scene with hits including "The South" and "White Lightning," but lead singer and guitarist Jaren Johnston has written hits for some of today's biggest mainstream country artists. Hailed for their authenticity and southern rock vibe, they always put on a powerful show. Logan Mize and Chris Cavanaugh will join the Cadillac Three Saturday, Sept. 2.
This year, the fair will offer a deal that allows fairgoers to create their own Grandstand concert experiences. The "Score with More" ticket package allows fairgoers to customize their visit to the Du Quoin State Fair by selecting three or more concerts to attend. Plus, they will receive free gate admission for each concert.
More information can be found at duquoinstatefair.net.