The State Fair of Texas annually held in September at Fair Park in Dallas, TX continues it's tradition of live music with Chevy Main State. The 24 day fair will host around 85 musical performances for the public as fairgoers can enjoy a variety of concerts on the Chevy Main Stage. This year's headliners will also include a new concept called the Red River Music Fest as part of the Red River Shootout between the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma.
The Swon Brothers, finalists of NBC’s “The Voice” start off the concert series on opening night of the State Fair of Texas, Friday, September 26 at 8:30 p.m. The brothers developed a passion for singing and songwriting at a young age. The brothers, Zach and Colton, were recently honored with the Rising Star Award by the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, and are currently writing and securing songs for their major-label debut album, coming later this year.
American Idol winner, Grammy Award winner, and eight-time Grammy nominee, Fantasia, will take the stage at 2p.m. on Saturday, September 27. Since her 2004 American Idol success, the R&B singer has released four albums, landed a role in the Broadway musical “The Color Purple,” published a memoir, and starred in her own reality show.
Opening weekend will wrap up on Sunday, September 28, with a 3 p.m. concert from country music artist, Lucy Hale. Hale is a four-time Teen Choice Award winner and recently released her debut album, “Road Between.“ She plays Aria Montgomery in ABC Family’s hit show “Pretty Little Liars.”
On Saturday, October 3, fairgoers will be treated to an energetic evening with Kool & the Gang, starting at 8:30 p.m. Kool & the Gang continue to wow audiences with their legendary sound, a unique blend of jazz, soul, and funk. Thanks to hit songs like “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Summer Madness,” and “Open Sesame."
The second weekend of the State Fair of Texas will conclude with an evening performance by Siggno – Sunday, October 5 at 5:30 p.m. Since forming in 2000, the all-male singing group has recorded six albums and established their presence headlining shows in major venues across the U.S. and Mexico. Siggno’s most recent album’s first single, “Yo Queria,” has recently been one of the most downloaded songs on the iTunes’ Latin store.
Red River Music Fest
Saturday, October 11, marks the the inaugural “Red River Music Fest” starring red dirt country artists Deryl Dodd (2:30 p.m.), Cody Canada & The Departed (4:15 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.), Jason Boland & The Stragglers (6:30 p.m.), and the Casey Donahew Band (8:30 p.m.). The “Red River Music Fest” is presented by “The Texas Music Scene.” Hosted by the voice and leader of nine-time Grammy winners Asleep at the Wheel, Ray Benson, “The Texas Music Scene” is a television series that features both the young artists and the legends that have come to define this unique and amazing music scene. It celebrates the distinctive music created in the Lone Star State with a focus on country, Americana, folk and blues artists. This year’s “Red River Music Fest” will follow one of the largest rivalries in college football, the University of Texas Longhorns against the University of Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Showdown.
Chevy Main Stage Final Weekend
Saturday, October 18 at 8:30 p.m., platinum-selling rock band Collective Soul will take the stage to sing favorites and new hits from their 9th studio album, “See What You Started By Continuing.” This year marks the 20th anniversary of Collective Soul. The band released “Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid” in 1994 as their first studio album that included the rock anthem “Shine” that shot to international recognition and double-platinum status. Twenty years later the band has released seven #1 radio hits and sold more than 10 million albums across the world.
The Fair will conclude on Sunday, October 19 at 3 p.m.,with a headlining performance by La MaquinariaNorteña. Their latest album, “Vive en Mi,” released inlate 2013 and was their highest charting set to date, entering the regional Mexican chart in the Top Ten. The quintet, based in Roswell, New Mexico, is known for its raw sound which combines vocals with accordion, bass, drums, and electric guitar.
“Chevrolet is a longstanding partner of the State Fair of Texas, and is thrilled to present this year’s selection of performers, an array of talented musicians who will provide a wide variety of entertainment, at no additional cost for the fairgoer,” says Dave Nottoli, Director for Chevrolet.
Concerts are free with State Fair of Texas admission. No extra ticket is required.
2014 State Fair of Texas Chevy Main Stage Headliner Schedule
Friday, September 26
THE SWON BROTHERS
Saturday, September 27
Sunday, September 28
Saturday, October 4
KOOL & THE GANG
Sunday, October 5
Saturday, October 11
CODY CANADA & THE DEPARTED
4:15 & 5:30 p.m.
JASON BOLAND & THE STRAGGLERS
CASEY DONAHEW BAND
Sunday, October 12
3:00 & 5:30 p.m.
Monday, October 13
Saturday, October 18
Sunday, October 19
LA MAQUINARIA NORTENA
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