After a demolition derby and some figure-eight racing during the day, The Iowa State Fair Grandstand will feature country music on Saturday night. Lady Antebellum will headline an 8 p.m. show that will also feature performances from Billy Currington and Kelsey K.
Lady Antebellum is one of country music's hottest groups. The Nashville band has won seven Grammy Awards, as well as 42 other major awards. They have also amassed six #1 albums/EPs and eight #1 singles in just six years of recording together. Lady Antebellum's 2009 single "Need You Now" has sold over six million copies/downloads in the U.S. alone. Their new album 747 is due out on September 30.
Opening for Lady Antebellum are Billy Currington and Kelsey K. Currington has racked up eight #1 Country singles, a CMT Award, and a Grammy nomination. He released his latest album, entitled We Are Tonight, last September. 14 year-old Moville, Iowa native Kelsey K has already written hundreds of songs and won an Independent Music Award for her 2012 album Blue Jean Girl.
The fair's free stages include some interesting shows on Saturday, too. "Glee meets Stomp" vocal group Vocal Trash will perform on the Fairview Stage at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Texas-based group recycles "trash" to make instruments and incorporates award-winning break dancers into their choreography to create a very unique and environmentally conscious stage show. The Fairview Stage will also host Iowa-based blues band Bob Dorr & The Blue Band at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. This year will be the 31st year that The Blue Band has performed on the Fairview Stage at the Iowa State Fair. The band celebrated a third of a century together with the recent release of 33 1/3.
The Anne and Bill Riley Stage will host Ryan Shupe and The RubberBand on Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The Salt Lake City 5-piece acoustic country/bluegrass group has played a number of music festivals across the U.S. and has even made an appearance on the ABC show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Beatles tribute act Yesterday will perform on the Bud Light Stage at 8 p.m. The band has performed on five continents and has been featured on numerous television shows.
Country duo Sundy Best will perform at the Susan Knapp Amphitheater at 8 p.m. on Saturday. The Kentucky duo released their second album, Bring Up the Sun, in early March. The album has reached #11 on the Country chart and #14 on the Indie chart.