Columbia Bank Concert Series brings music, comedy to Western Washington Fair

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(Left) Joan Jett and (right) Cheap Trick play the fair Sept. 19. Photo courtesy of Washington State Fair.

Get ready to party big at the Columbia Bank Concert Series, with nightly concerts performed by a star-studded lineup, Aug. 31-Sept. 23. There is no better place to enjoy the sights and sounds of a show than in the Grandstand at the Washington State Fair, under the beautiful Northwest skies. Remember to check out the pre-show parties – they are the best way to experience a concert at the fair. All concert tickets include Washington State Fair gate admission, so you can spend your whole day at the fair.

Concert Schedule:

Friday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.
An Evening with Chicago
The legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, came in at #9, the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists. Chicago was inducted into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Saturday, Sept.1, 7:30 p.m.
Khalid with guest Taylor Bennett
This El Paso, Tex. singer and songwriter revisits the seminal time of high school on his full-length debut album, “American Teen.”

Sunday, Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Florida Georgia Line with guest Morgan Wallen
Florida Georgia Line’s platinum-certified musical evolution, “Dig Your Roots”, propelled the history-making duo to #1 on the all-genre Billboard Artist 100 and Country Albums charts.

Monday, Sept. 3, 4:30 p.m.
Lost 80’S Live
This show features a cluster of 80s groups like A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Farrington and Mann original vocalists of When in Rome UK, Naked Eyes, and Animotion.

Friday, Sept. 7, 9 p.m.
Scotty McCreery Danin’ in the Dirt Party
After winning Season Ten of American Idol in 2011, McCreery made history when he became the youngest male artist of any genre, and the first country music artist ever, to have his debut album enter at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

Saturday, Sept. 8, 9 p.m.
Jamey Johnson Dancin’ in the Dirt Party
Eleven-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson is “one of the greatest country singers of our time,” according to the Washington Post.

Monday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band! For the first time ever, Rain will bring the historic album to life in its entirety for this psychedelic multimedia spectacular.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m.
An Evening with Seal
Seal has garnered countless accolades along with four Grammy Awards and has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. Known for his one-of-a-kind soaring, husky baritone voice and classic songwriting, Seal has seen success across numerous genres of music.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Boy George and Culture Club with guest Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey
Since the band’s inception in 1981 Culture Club has sold more than 50 million records worldwide, led by their classic hits, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Karma Chameleon,” and “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya.”

Friday, September 14, 7:30 p.m.
An Evening with Terry Fator
In 2007 Terry Fator became the “America’s Got Talent” Season 2 champion, taking home the $1 million prize and the title of “Best New Act in America.”

Saturday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Toby Keith with guest Ned LeDoux
The familiar maxim of the triple threat – singer, songwriter, entertainer – doesn’t begin to cover it for Toby Keith, one of the modern era’s most complete self-directed hit makers.

Monday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Lauren Daigle with guest Zach Williams
In less than two years, Lauren Daigle has developed into one of the leading voices in Christian music.

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts with Cheap Trick
Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and “Crimson and Clover.”

Cheap Trick is part of the very fiber of American music, inspiring and delighting generations with their unique union of massive melodies and razorblade riffs, their own special brand of mischievous wit and maximum rock ‘n’ roll.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Brett Eldredge with guests Runaway June and Devin Dawson
Eldredge dropped his first two albums into the top two positions of Billboard’s country chart with “Bring You Back” and “Illinois,” and did the same with an incredible six singles in a row all hitting #1.

Friday, September 21, 7:30 p.m.
Macklemore with guest XP
Collectively Macklemore’s music videos have been viewed over 2.7 billion times and he is one of only two rappers to have a Diamond-certified single.

Saturday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias “One Show Fits All” world tour
Gabriel Iglesias is one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians performing to sold-out concerts around the world. He is also one of the most watched comedians on YouTube with over 300,000,000 views.

Sunday, Sept.23, 7:30 p.m.
Rascal Flatts with guest Trent Harmon
Known as one of the hottest-selling touring acts in any genre with over 10 million tickets sold and as the best-selling country vocal group of the past decade, Rascal Flatts has sold over 23.4 million albums, over 34.3 million digital downloads worldwide, as well as earning over 40 trophies from the ACA, ACM, AMA, CMA, People’s Choice and more, also making them the most awarded country group of the past decade.

For more on the Columbia Bank Concert Series, visit www.thefair.com/concerts.

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