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Lady Antebellum, Billy Currington, Kelsey K, Black Star Alliance play Saturday

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The Central Iowa Concert Calendar for Saturday, August 16 includes performances by Lady Antebellum, Billy Currington, Kelsey K, and Black Star Alliance. Learn about those shows and more below.

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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. Tickets for the all ages event are still available for $49.

Lady Antebellum (see slideshow) 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" (featured video) 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 (pictured at left) 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.

The Iowa State Fair doesn't have the only live music in the area on Saturday. Oskaloosa rockers Black Star Alliance will headline at the Hull Avenue Tavern in Des Moines on Saturday at 9 p.m. The quartet has opened for the likes of Great White, Buckcherry, Thousand Foot Krutch, HedPE, Saving Abel, Taproot, Smile Empty Soul, and more. The free show is a 21-and-over event, and the Grifters and 10Peny will serve as openers.

Here are some other Central Iowa shows to check out on Saturday:

Morbid Saint
w/ House of Atreus, Traffic Death, and Ghostbusters
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines
10 p.m., 21+ ($15)

Bryan Baker
Hotel Pattee in Perry
7 p.m., all ages (free)

The Soul Searchers
Madison County Winery near St. Charles
7 p.m., 21+ ($3 cover)

The Heath Alan Band
Greenwood Lounge in Des Moines
9 p.m., 21+ (free)

Nate Nelson & Doug Cochran
The Thirsty Sportsman in Des Moines
9 p.m., 21+ (free)

Lance Eaton (of Monkey, Monkey, Monkey)
Mickey's Irish Pub in Waukee
9 p.m., 21+ (free)

Final Mix
John Ernest Vineyard & Winery east of Tama
7 p.m., 21+ (free)

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