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Fans to fill Cardinal Stadium for next free concert series

The Oak Ridge Boys will perform at the Kentucky State Fair for the 36th consecutive year.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 29, 2011) — Each year, thousands of fans fill Cardinal Stadium for a great line-up of chart-topping artists performing in the Kentucky State Fair’s free concert series. And, each Aug., the Kentucky State Fair Board makes it a priority to offer a Free Concert Series for a variety of musical tastes. This year’s line-up is no exception:

• Thursday, Aug. 16 – Cinderella with Sebastian Bach

• Friday, Aug. 17 – Keith Sweat with Robbie Bartlett

• Saturday, Aug. 18 – Hot Chelle Rae with Twenty One Pilots

• Sunday, Aug. 19 – Oak Ridge Boys with Jimmy Fortune

• Monday, Aug. 20 – Newsboys with Sanctus Real

• Tuesday, Aug. 21 – Ronnie Milsap with BJ Thomas

• Wednesday, Aug. 22 – Jake Owen with Florida Georgia Line

• Thursday, Aug. 23 – Happy Together Tour with Turtles, Grass Roots, Gary Puckett, Buckinghams and Micky Dolenz

• Friday, Aug. 24 – Young the Giant

• Saturday, Aug. 25 Justin Moore with Colt Ford

“We are excited to be able to bring high quality, affordable entertainment to Fair patrons,” said Harold Workman, president and CEO. “The free concert series brings old favorites and the newest up-and-coming artists, and we are pleased to offer this year’s line-up.”

A Kentucky State Fair staple, The Oak Ridge Boys bring tradition and history for the 36th consecutive year. With four-part harmonies and country roots, the group has scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album throughout their 50 years of entertaining.

“When I go on stage, I get the same feeling I had the first time I sang with the Oak Ridge boys,” said lead singer Duane Allen. “This is the only job I’ve ever wanted to have.”

Radio personality and R&B singer Keith Sweat has been making music since 1987. His sophomore album “I’ll Give All My Love to You” was No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 200. He discovered the musical groups Silk, Kut Klose and LSG.

Bringing an alternative twist to the group is the band Young the Giant. This indie rock group released its self-titled debut album in 2010.  Its first two singles, “My Body” and “Cough Syrup” reached the top five U.S. Alternative Song chart. Pop culture blog 411mania said, “Their influences are worn on their sleeves throughout, and the result is a sound that’s somewhat like a middle ground between Coldplay and latter-day Kings of Leon.”

Country music star Justin Moore can be noted for hits such as, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” “How I Got to Be This Way” and “Small Town USA.”

All shows will begin at 8 p.m. and gates will open at approximately 6:30 p.m. For a complete listing of events and attractions at the fair, visit kystatefair.org.