Florida Georgia Line (with Colt Ford), Green River Ordinance, Hairball, the Country Gold Tour, and Jordan Carr all have concerts scheduled in the area for Tuesday, August 12. Get all the details below in Examiner's Central Iowa Concert Calendar.
Music returns to the Iowa State Fair Grandstand after two days of racing, bringing country superstars Florida Georgia Line and Colt Ford to the stage for a sold-out 8 p.m. show. Florida Georgia Line released their debut studio album Here's to the Good Times in late 2012. The album stayed at #1 on the Country charts for 10 weeks and sold over two million copies. It also five #1 Country singles, including mega-hit "Cruise", which sold over 8 million copies and stayed at #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart for a record-setting 24 weeks. FGL is slated to release their second album later this year. Fans can check out the upcoming albums' first single, entitled "Dirt", in the nearby video box. Florida Georgia Line has won three Academy of Country Music Awards, four CMT Awards, two Country Music Association Awards, one Billboard Music Award, and one American Music Award in just four years of making music together.
Opening the Grandstand show will be Athens, Georgia native Jason Farris Brown, better known by his stage name Colt Ford. Ford has recorded four Top 10 Country albums, including the 2012 #1 smash Declaration of Independence. While none Ford's country rap singles have reached #1 on the Country charts, his song "Dirt Road Anthem" (co-written with Brantley Gilbert) became a quadruple-platinum-selling #1 single for Jason Aldean. Ford's new album, Thanks for Listening, debuted in July at #1 on the Rap chart, #2 on the Country chart, and #10 on the Billboard 200.
The fair also has some good shows on the free stages on Tuesday. Fort Worth pop rock band Green River Ordinance the band has had two Adult Top 40 hits, and their songs have been used on the 2010 AT&T Team USA Soundtrack and on television shows like The Hills, The Young & The Restless, and So You Think You Can Dance. The band's latest release, the EP Chasing Down the Wind, came out last year. You can catch Green River Ordinance on the Fairview Stage at 8 p.m.
Also on the Fairview Stage on Tuesday, "Glee meets Stomp" vocal group Vocal Trash will perform at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The champions of recycling and "going green" combine vocal harmonies, award-winning break dancing, and recycled street instruments to put on amazing shows.
The Susan Knapp Amphitheater stage will host the Country Gold Tour at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The shows will include performances by Leroy Van Dyke, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, and Billy Dean. Van Dyke's hit "Walk on By" stayed on the charts for 42 weeks, and he is a member of the North American Country Music Association International Hall of Fame. Brown has charted 74 Country singles, many of them duets with Cornelius. Dean has won a wide variety of awards, including the Academy of Country Music’s "Song of the Year" and the Nashville Songwriters’ Association’s "Song of the Year", and he has eleven Top 10 singles to his credit.
Minneapolis arena rock tribute Hairball will play the Bud Light Stage at the fair for the second night in a row. You can catch the group's dead-on impersonations of groups like Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Poison, KISS, Van Halen, Twisted Sister, and others at 7:30 p.m.
The fair is not the only place to find live music on Tuesday. DG's Tap House in Ames will host a free rock show at 9 p.m. featuring Minnesota acts Jordan Carr and Evasive Maneuver. Acoustic folk/blues rock singer Carr, who bills himself as the "#1 Bad Boy", released his debut album Reinventing The Dumb@$$ last year. Punk quartet Evasive Maneuver just released their new self-titled EP last month. The two acts are currently in the middle of their 15-date "Moronathon Tour 2014". The show will be a 21-and-older event.
Also on Tuesday:
Dale Menning & the Stardusters
Prairie Meadows lounge in Altoona
11 a.m., 21+ (free)
Meskwaki Casino lounge near Tama/Toledo
1 p.m., 21+ (free)
Lindgren & Lewis
Greenwood Lounge in Des Moines
8 p.m., 21+ (free)
Hot Club at Music in the Park
Colby Park in Windsor Heights
7 p.m., all ages, free