DES MOINES, IA (07/26/2010)(readMedia)-- The 2010 Iowa State Fair free stage entertainment is packed with this year's hottest acts from all music genres. The line-up features some of the nation's biggest stars, all free with gate admission. The Fair is set for "Non Stop Fun" August 12-22.
Some of country music's favorite names are set to appear, including Jake Owen ("Eight Second Ride"), Love & Theft ("Runaway"), Colt Ford ("Chicken and Biscuits") and David Nail ("Red Light") as well as rising stars like Whitney Duncan, Bomshel, and Justin Moore. The Academy of Country Music named Owen Top New Male Vocalist in 2009 following the release of his album, "Startin' with Me."
Opening night will feature a special concert by country music star Lee Greenwood. Greenwood is known for his unique voice, insightful songwriting and enthusiastic patriotism coupled with his first major single "God Bless the USA." Greenwood takes the Jacobson Exhibition Center stage at 7 p.m.
Oldies fans will find their favorite acts in all genres performing each night on the Budweiser Stage, including rock legends The Family Stone, The Buckinghams, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik, and Davy Jones of The Monkees. In addition, Think Floyd USA, critically acclaimed as a "must see" for Pink Floyd fans, will take audiences on a musical and visual flight through the Pink Floyd galaxy, complete with a light show at the Anderson Erickson Dairy Stage.
Fans of 80s and 90s music can look forward to 80s hair band impersonation act Hairball as well as hip hop legends Vanilla Ice ("Ice Ice Baby") and Tone Loc ("Wild Thing"), who will take to the Anderson Erickson Dairy Stage together on Sunday, August 15. Vanilla Ice rose to hip hop stardom following the release of the single "Ice Ice Baby," in 1989 which sold over 17 million copies and was the first hip hop single to ever top the Billboard Charts.
Extreme Sunday shows include rising country music stars The Eli Young Band ("Always the Love Songs"), classic rock band The Grass Roots ("Let's Live For Today"), and Fair-favorite Richie Lee and the Fabulous Fifties. This year The Eli Young Band was nominated for an Academy of Country Music award for Top New Vocal Group or Duo and their song, "Always the Love Songs" reached the 11th spot on the Billboard Charts.
Fair and local favorites Vocal Trash, Jason Brown, The Nadas, The Blue Band and Sioux City Rockestra also appear on the free entertainment schedule. A complete listing of event dates, times and locations follows:
Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center sponsored by Chevrolet
August 12: Lee Greenwood (7 p.m.)
Anderson Erickson Dairy Stage sponsored by KCCI NewsChannel 8
August 12-14: The Nadas (7 & 9 p.m.)
August 15: Legends of Hip Hop featuring Vanilla Ice and Tone Loc (8 p.m.)
August 16-17: Think Floyd USA (7 & 9 p.m.)
August 18: David Nail (8 p.m.)
August 19: Love and Theft (8 p.m.)
August 20: Green River Ordinance (7 p.m.)
August 21: The Blue Band (7 & 9 p.m.)
August 21: The Blue Band (5:30 & 7:30 p.m.)
Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi
August 12: Sioux City Rockestra (7 & 9 p.m.)
August 13: Ryan Cabrera (7 & 9 p.m.)
August 14: Iowa State Fair Queen Coronation (7 p.m.)
August 15: Fastball (7 & 9 p.m.)
August 16-21: Vocal Trash (7 & 9 p.m.)
August 22: The Grass Roots (8 p.m.)
Budweiser Stage sponsored by ABC5
August 12: Davy Jones of The Monkees (8 p.m.)
August 13-14: Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)
August 15-17: The Buckinghams (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)
August 18-19: Atlanta Rhythm Section (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)
August 20: The Family Stone (8 p.m.)
August 21: Richie Lee and the Fabulous Fifties (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)
August 22: Richie Lee and the Fabulous Fifties (4:30 & 6:30 p.m.)
Susan Knapp Amphitheater with media sponsor KDSM FOX 17
August 12: Jake Owen (8 p.m.)
August 13: Bomshel (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)
August 14: Whitney Duncan (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)
August 15-16: Jason Brown (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)
August 17: Justin Moore (8 p.m.)
August 18-19: Hairball (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)
August 20: Colt Ford (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)
August 21: Country Gold (6 & 8:30 p.m.)
August 22: Eli Young Band (8 p.m.)
Fun Forest Stage (all shows ASL interpreted)
No shows 11 a.m. - noon on Friday, August 13th due to VSA Opening Ceremonies
August 12-22: The Fast Horses (11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.)
August 12-22: Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop (12, 2 & 4 p.m.)
August 12-22: Doc Anderson's Traveling Medicine Wagon Show presented by VSA Iowa Fest (11 a.m., 1, 3 &
The Iowa State Fair is set for "Non Stop Fun" August 12-22, 2010. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.
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