The Kentucky State Fair will take place August 20-30 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, albeit with special precautions in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Yesterday, the lineup was announced for the Texas Roadhouse Concert Series, which will feature 24 bands over 11 nights, ranging from retro pop to alternative, Christian to rock, and country to R&B:
- Thursday, August 20: Josh Turner with special guest Mo Pitney
- Friday, August 21: Ginuwine with special guest Color Me Badd
- Saturday, August 22: Riley Green with special guest TBA
- Sunday, August 23: The Oak Ridge Boys with special guest Lorrie Morgan
- Monday, August 24: Zach Williams with special guest Cain
- Tuesday, August 25: P.O.D. with special guest Through Fire
- Wednesday, August 26: Home Free with special guest Jameson Rodgers
- Thursday, August 27: Jackyl with special guest Kentucky Headhunters
- Friday, August 28: Carly Pearce and Walker Hayes with special guest J.D. Shelburne
- Saturday, August 29: The Buckinghams and The Grass Roots with special guests The Monarchs
- Sunday, August 30: Cory Asbury with special guest We the Kingdom
How do concerts during a pandemic work? Fans will be allowed in, but capacity will be limited. Here is the State Fair Board’s plan, which was approved by Governor Beshear last month:
- Increasing the footprint of the concert area from 1.9 to 5.19 acres.
- Reduce the capacity to 42% of the 2019 capacity.
- Several projector screens will be added to allow for an extended seating area.
- Spacing of concert seating will go from 32 inch rows to 6 feet rows and 10 feet cross aisles.
- Concert area will be set up to comply with social distancing guidelines.
All concerts are free with paid gate admission. Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster and in select Kroger locations across Kentucky. Advance admission is $7, advance parking is $5, and ride wristbands are $20 through Kroger. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and concerts will begin at 8 p.m. each night, except for August 30, when gates will open at 2:30 p.m. and the show will start at 4 p.m. For more information, click here.
Where else can you see both Ginuwine and The Oak Ridge Boys perform over the course of three days? Enjoy a sampling of the very diverse lineup below.