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Fair concerts offer mix of country and classic groups

August 7, 2014

By Allison Griffin, Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.



Aug. 07--The music acts booked for this year's Alabama National Fair once again include performers from a variety of musical genres, so there should be something for just about every fair patron.

Fair general manager Randy Stephenson said that the classic music acts have been wildly popular the last few years, so it made sense to continue with a couple of big names from the past.

Styx and Kool and the Gang will headline the fair on the first weekend of the fair; Styx plays at 7 p.m.Oct. 4, with Kool and the Gang at 7 p.m.Oct. 5.

And just announced on Wednesday is country star Joe Nichols, who will perform at 7 p.m.Oct. 12. The second weekend of the fair will feature another country act -- up-and-coming musician Easton Corbin, who takes the Garrett Coliseum stage at 7 p.m.Oct. 11.

"We've been very fortunate in our choosing in the last few years," Stephenson said. Among the acts of the last couple of years: Foreigner, Josh Turner, Ronnie Milsap, Anthony Hamilton, Lee Greenwood, Keith Sweat, Thompson Square and Kansas.

As in years past, admission to the concerts is included in the cost of the fair ticket, which is $10 on the days of the concerts. (Admission costs vary on other days of the fair, which runs from Oct. 3-13.)

Styx features Montgomery native Tommy Shaw, who left the Capital City at the end of 1975 to join the group. The 1970s and '80s power band became famous with hits like "Come Sail Away," "Babe," "Lady," "The Grand Illusion," "Too Much Time on My Hands," "Renegade," "The Best of Times" and "Mr. Roboto."

The funk band Kool and the Gang has been making music for more than 45 years, beginning with their self-titled debut album in 1969. But they had major chart success beginning in the 1970s and into the 1980s, with such hits as "Jungle Boogie," "Ladies' Night," "Too Hot," "Celebration," "Get Down On It," "Joanna," "Misled" and "Cherish."

And in June, it was announced that the group would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015.

Country singer/songwriter Easton Corbin released his self-titled debut album in 2010 that featured two No. One hits, "A Little More Country Than That," and "Roll With It." His second album, released in 2012, is "All Over the Road" and features the single "Lovin' You is Fun." He's toured with Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton.

Joe Nichols has released seven studio albums that have produced fourteen Top 40 singles on the country charts. The Arkansas native has been recording since 1996 and has had hits that include "Brokenheartsville," "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," "Gimme That Girl," "Sunny and 75" and "Yeah."

Advance tickets to the fair go on sale Sept. 3 at River Bank & Trust, Trustmark and MAX Federal Credit Union. Advance tickets will be on sale at the coliseum box office beginning Sept. 15. For more information, log on to www.alnationalfair.org

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