Nebraska State Fair announces specialty concerts


    A concert inside the Heartland Events Center during the 2018 Nebraska State Fair (NTV News)

    The Nebraska State Fair announced three additional shows to their 2019 State Fair concert series.

    The performances will include Older Nebraskans Day, a Christian Artist and a new concert celebrating veterans.

    • The Drifters, Cornell Gunther's Coasters, and the Platters on Aug. 26 at 11 a.m.

    • Zach Williams on Aug. 29 at 8 p.m.

    • Trace Adkins on Sept. 2 at 5 p.m.

    According to the state fair, all of the 2019 concerts will be held in the Heartland Events Center.

    The tickets for each specialty concert will be $10 and include gate admission. All seats are reserved.

    Tickets sales for this series will go on sale Friday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. and are available at the new State Fair Box Office, located in the Nebraska Building at Fonner Park.

    The tickets are also available online.

    Specialty concerts are not included in the State Fair’s new bundle concert series, already on sale, which include hot country, rock and red dirt concerts.

    “For the specialty series, we wanted to continue expanding our diversity,” Cox said. “The doo-wop acts are a great example of reaching across the music marketplace.”

    Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame legends--The Drifters, Cornell Gunther’s Coasters, and the Platters--take the stage for one show on Older Nebraskans Day August 26. With more than 94 charted records and 45 top 10 hits combined, fans will hear favorites like “Under The Boardwalk, Stand By Me, On Broadway, This Magic Moment, Save The Last Dance for Me, Yakety Yak, Charlie Brown, Only You, The Great Pretender” and many more.

    Zach Williams performs August 29. The Christian artist with a recovery message is the fastest rising Christian music star in 10 years. His recent hits include “Chain Breaker” which set a record for the longest debut single on Christian Airplay and Williams earned his first Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Album. Billboard just named him the Top Christian Male Vocalist in part due to the enormous success of his recent single, “Old Church Choir.”

    On Labor Day, Nebraska State Fair welcomes the legendary country artist Trace Adkins. A Nashville icon for more than two decades, Adkins has made his industry mark with 11 million albums sold, ACM and CMA awards, multiple hit singles and fiery, memorable live performances. As of the last 10 years, Adkins may be more known for his connection to the Wounded Warrior Project. His passion for veterans shared through his famous song “Arlington” has crossed over to volunteering and partnering with the program.

    “This is a very impactful performance for us,” Cox said, noting that the State Fair has not recently entertained an artist on Labor Day. “This is our day to celebrate those who’ve given so much. We look forward to some special connections between Trace and our veterans.”

    Nebraska State Fair will host 14 artists in 11 days for the 2019 Nebraska State Fair, celebrating its 150th birthday. The full lineup in sequential order is below:

    • Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. on Friday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m.
    • Brett Eldredge with special guest Devin Dawson on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m.
    • Cody Jinks on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m.

    • The Drifters, Cornell Gunther's Coasters, The Platters on Monday, Aug. 26 at 11 a.m.

    • Whiskey Myers with special guest Reckless Kelly on Monday, Aug. 26 at 8 p.m.

    • Theory of a Deadman on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m.

    • Bad Wolves on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m.

    • Zach Williams on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m.

    • Maren Morris on Friday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m.

    • Halestorm on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m.

    • Little Big Town on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.

    • Trace Adkins on Monday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m.

    The 2019 Nebraska State Fair runs Aug. 23 to Sept. 2 in Grand Island.

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