State Fair announces upcoming concerts


The Washington State Fair has announced three major concerts coming up in September, part of the Fair’s Columbia bank Concert Series.

On Sept. 7, pop music legends The Beach Boys take the stage led by Mike Love, who, along with longtime member Bruce Johnston, musical director Scott Totten, Brian Eichenberger, Christian Love, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Keith Hubacher and Randy Leago continue the legacy of the iconic band (this concert will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks).

You can capsulize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they’ve had and how many millions of albums they’ve sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. This band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that The Beach Boys’ songs have forever changed the musical landscape, profoundly influencing countless performing artists to follow.

The Fair welcomes country artist Cole Swindell on Sept. 24. This platinum-selling recording artist and record-breaking 11-time #1 singer/songwriter has racked up an impressive and incomparable record-breaking eight #1 singles, 10 #1 singles as a songwriter, 1 billion audience reaching single (“You Should Be Here”), six platinum singles, a platinum-certified debut album (“Cole Swindell”) and so much more.

The Georgia native has released his third album, “All of It,” for Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Album Chart and #7 on the Billboard Top 200. The first single, “Break Up In The End,” was the most added song on country radio the week it was released and currently sits in the Top 5 on the country radio charts and is still climbing.

Seattle’s own Macklemore will take the Washington State Fair’s Grandstand stage for a night to remember, Friday, Sept. 25.

“GEMINI,” Macklemore’s first solo effort in 12 years, was released in September 2017. It debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #1 on the charts for Rap, R&B/Hip-Hop and Independent Albums. The album follows two releases with producer Ryan Lewis: the multiple Grammy award winning albums “The Heist” and the 2016 release “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made” (featuring the Platinum-certified single “Downtown”). “GEMINI” includes platinum-certified singles “Glorious” (featuring Skylar Grey), “Good Old Days” (featuring Kesha), and the gold-certified “Marmalade” (featuring Lil Yachty).

Collectively, Macklemore’s music videos have been viewed more than three billion times and he is one of only two rappers to have a diamond-certified single. In the past year, the Seattle rapper appeared on NBC’s hit show “Songland” and was featured on the smash record from Martin Garrix “Summer Days.” This past December, Macklemore released a new holiday song, “It’s Christmas Time,” performed on “Ellen,” and recently became the newest owner of the Seattle Sounders (MLS).  

Pre-sale tickets for all three concerts on are available at and by phone at (888) 559-FAIR (3247). Tickets will go on sale for other artists in the coming months. Visit for updated information. 

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