LOUISVILLE — Fans of all music genres will fill the seats of Freedom Hall during the Kentucky State Fair Main Stage concert series. Three of the four Main Stage Concert Series acts will feature performances by country legend Hank Williams Jr, rock group Journey and popular country band Rascal Flatts.
Hank Williams Jr. and special guest George Thorogood and the Destroyers – Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.
Hank Williams Jr. and his 20 gold albums, six platinum albums and 10 No. 1 singles will kick off the Main Stage Concert series on Aug. 16. Hits like “Country Boy Can Survive,” “Dixie on My Mind” and “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” are among Williams’ fan favorites. Since 1981, opening act George Thorogood and the Destroyers has sold 15 million albums worldwide, with their most recent album peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart. Tickets are $49 and $39 and go on sale March 23.
Journey and special guest Pat Benatar and Loverboy – Aug. 17 at 8 p.m.
Journey will bring classic rock to Freedom Hall Aug. 17 with iconic hits like “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Any Way You Want It” and “Faithfully.” The band’s three-decade career ranks them with the best-selling artists with two gold, three platinum and eight multi-platinum albums. Journey played in 2009 to an enthusiastic, sell-out crowd at the Kentucky State Fair. Four-time Grammy Award-winner Pat Benatar will support Journey. Benatar has been rocking the stage since the early 1980s, emerging as one of music’s top-selling female artists and a leading vocalist in the industry. Loverboy’s anthems became the party songs of an entire generation of rock fans. Tickets are $52 and $42 and go on sale March 23.
Rascal Flatts and special guest Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge – Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Dubbed “The American Band Tour,” Rascal Flatts will headline an all band set-up on Saturday, Aug. 18 with Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge opening. Rascal Flatts will be on tour in support of their forthcoming release, Changed. The band’s eighth studio effort is scheduled to hit stores on April 3 through Big Machine Records. CMT.com said that the band “delivers an electric show full of special effects, big hits and a renewed sense of purpose…it’s a testament to their talent that the band can keep the momentum going.” Little Big Town continues to tour in support of their most recent release, 2010′s “The Reason Why.” Eli Young Band will be promoting 2011′s “Life at Best,” while Edens Edge continues to tour behind their 2011 self-titled debut album. Ticketing information will be released at a later date.
The 2012 fair will run from Aug. 16-26 at the Kentucky Exposition Center and Main Stage Concert tickets will go on sale at the Freedom Hall Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.
For more information and continued updates on the 2012 Kentucky State Fair, visit the official website at www.kystatefair.org.