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2011 Illinois State Fair Grandstand entertainment lineup announced

Country superstars Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean among scheduled performers

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[April 22, 2011]  SPRINGFIELD -- The 2011 Illinois State Fair Grandstand entertainment will feature music, comedy and the return of Lady Antebellum This year's fair theme, "We've Got a Good Thing Growing!" complements the diverse Grandstand lineup.

Insurance"I'm very excited about this year's lineup. We switched it up a bit to include a real variety of entertainment," said Amy Bliefnick, fair manager. "We have country, comedy, rock, rap, R&B and even a Broadway musical. There's something for everyone."

Ventriloquist and stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham, the 2007 winner of "America's Got Talent," will open the state fair concerts Friday, Aug. 12. Dunham has starred in several Comedy Central specials, including "Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself," "Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity" and "Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special."

The band 3 Doors Down, which rose to national fame in 2000 with the release of their first single, "Kryptonite," will take the stage Saturday, Aug. 13. Their fifth album, "Time of My Life," is scheduled to be released this summer.

Jason Aldean, winner of the Academy of Country Music Top New Male Vocalist Award in 2006 and nominee for this year's ACM Entertainer of the Year Award, will entertain fairgoers Sunday, Aug. 14. Five of his songs -- "Why," "She's Country," "Big Green Tractor," "The Truth" and "Don't You Wanna Stay" -- have reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Grammy nominee Chris Young will sing his hit singles "Gettin' You Home," "Voices" and "The Man I Want to Be." Thompson Square also will perform.

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago cast of "Million Dollar Quartet" will give a free concert Monday, Aug. 15. "Million Dollar Quartet" is inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. The musical is currently running on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre and at the Apollo Theater in Chicago.

Luke Bryan will sing his chart-topping hits "Rain Is a Good Thing" and "Someone Else Calling You Baby" Tuesday, Aug. 16. Trailer Choir, which is touring to support its debut album, "Tailgate," will open for Bryan.

The legendary Oak Ridge Boys and Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers will take the stage Wednesday, Aug. 17. The Oak Ridge Boys have won dozens of awards and sold more than 30 million records during their 30-year career. Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers became one of country music's most successful acts of the 1970s and 1980s.

Allstar Weekend will entertain the younger crowd Thursday, Aug. 18. Allstar Weekend released its debut album "Suddenly Yours" and guest-starred on the popular Disney Channel series "Sonny With a Chance" last fall.

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On Friday, Aug. 19, 38 Special will perform hits like "Hold On Loosely" and "Caught Up in You." Loverboy, April Wine and The Tubes also will rock the stage that night.

Rapper MC Hammer and Boyz II Men will headline the Saturday, Aug. 20, concert. MC Hammer won numerous awards for his 1990 smash hit "U Can't Touch This." Boyz II Men is the best-selling R&B group of all time.

The Grandstand entertainment concludes on Sunday, Aug. 21, with the return of country superstars Lady Antebellum. Lady Antebellum's hit song "Need You Now" won five awards at this year's Grammy Awards. The trio also won Album of the Year and Top Vocal Group of the Year at the ACM Awards earlier this month. Stealing Angels will open the show.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m. except for the Allstar Weekend concert, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the 38 Special concert, which starts at 5 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale April 30 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Tickets can be purchased either on the Internet at, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster outlet. Ticket order forms can be downloaded from the Illinois State Fair website at The Grandstand ticket office will open June 4 at 9 a.m.

All adults and all children 3 years of age and older must have a ticket. The fair does not provide refunds or exchanges on ticket purchases. All sales are final.

(See lineup and ticket prices below.)

[Text from Illinois State Fair file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

Illinois State Fair Grandstand lineup



Ticket prices




Aug. 12

Jeff Dunham



Aug. 13

3 Doors Down



Aug. 14

Jason Aldean with Chris Young and Thompson Square



Aug. 15

Illinois Symphony Orchestra & Million Dollar Quartet

Free admission

Aug. 16

Luke Bryan with Trailer Choir



Aug. 17

Oak Ridge Boys with Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers



Aug. 18

Allstar Weekend



Aug. 19

38 Special with Loverboy, April Wine and The Tubes



Aug. 20

MC Hammer & Boyz II Men



Aug. 21

Lady Antebellum with Stealing Angels



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