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Kentucky State Fair announces concert lineup (with fans)

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.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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15 Comments for Kentucky State Fair announces concert lineup (with fans)

  1. michaelb
    4:03 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    2 staff members test positive and shuts down the whole production in 3…2…1.

  2. Bigblueswami
    4:04 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    Oak Ridge Boys should probably sit this one out.

  3. lexattorney
    4:12 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    No CMB in the music sample=ZERO credibility!!!

    • lexattorney
      4:13 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

      Sorry, I just scrolled down and saw them on there. I messed up and am more than man enough to admit it.

  4. Headhurts
    4:12 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    Instead of “Elvira” they sing El-virus.

    • lexattorney
      4:13 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

      Well played (slow clap).

  5. UKgrad80
    4:39 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    Shouldn’t be a crowd problem with that line up!

  6. lizard king
    5:13 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    So we have a State Fair when we get bashed for going to church.

  7. DavidP19
    6:18 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    You left out the 2 best Grass Roots hits — Midnight Confessions & Temptation Eyes

    • Bluehender
      11:17 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

      Good call David.

    • runningunnin.454
      12:21 am July 8, 2020 Permalink

      Two good songs; I always liked the Grass Roots first hit, “Where Were You When I Needed You”; written originally for Herman’s Hermits’ movie “Hold On”. The same Grass Roots songwriting team wrote the Hermits’ “A Must To Avoid”.
      Of course, the original Grass Roots don’t tour anymore, and long time vocalist, Rob Grill, died a decade ago.

      I guess I’m just a dreamer, Eagles; I understand Glenn Frey’s son, Deacon, and Vince Gill are now with them.
      Would also like to see John Fogerty.

  8. Jambluehue99
    9:39 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    Do we have a worldwide pandemic or not. Seems we pick and choose based on the day and who wants to have an event.

    • Bluehender
      11:18 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

      Relax. The president says it will go away..

  9. jaws2
    11:33 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    So Bluehender I suppose it’s never going to go away? So it’s here for all eternity? The so called experts can’t agree on masks, vaccines, duration of it on surfaces, or temperature affects. So why don’t you just give us your Amazing Kreskin, Magic Eight Ball or Carnak the Magnificant analysis on the subject. You guys would disagree with Trump if you walked outside and knew the sky was blue and Trump went on TV and said it was as well. Just because you hate the guy.

    • UKgrad80
      9:23 am July 8, 2020 Permalink

      He did say it would go away in April. If the he didn’t know he shouldn’t have been so confident in telling one of his crazy ass stories. Trump is a train wreck and we will be getting rid of him in November! There is only one reason to keep following this but bag and we all know what that reason is.