N.C. State Fair concert lineup features area talent

Posted July 6, 2009

— Three North Carolina natives will take the stage during the 2009 State Fair. They are part of 11 nights of entertainment featuring contemporary Christian, country and R&B concerts in Dorton Arena.

Youngsville's Jason Michael Carroll kicks off the concert series on Thursday, Oct. 15, and will perform songs from his newest CD, “Growing Up is Getting Old,” along with his chart-topping hits “Livin’ our Love Song” and “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead.”

Albemarle's Kellie Pickler will hit the stage Saturday, Oct. 17, performing songs off her self-titled sophomore album. The top-10 finalist from Season 5 of “American Idol” has recorded a string of hits including “Red High Heels,” “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” and “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind.”

Singer-songwriter Eric Church will perform Sunday, Oct. 25. The Granite Falls native will sing hits from his “Sinners Like Me” debut album and his sophomore effort, “Carolina.” Church’s down-home sensibilities shine on hits such as “How ’Bout You” and “Guys Like Me.”

Award-winning Christian rock group Third Day will present songs from “Revelation,” on Friday, Oct. 16.

Nat and Alex Wolff, best known as the siblings from Nickelodeon’s The Naked Brothers Band perform Sunday, Oct. 18.

Rising star Jamey Johnson takes the stage on Monday, Oct. 19, playing hits such as the 2008 Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year “In Color.” Johnson has struck gold as a songwriter, penning or co-writing hits for George Strait and Trace Adkins, among others.

Motown legends The Temptations featuring Dennis Edwards will perform Tuesday, Oct. 20, and will sing such classics as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.”

Singer, actress and “Dancing with the Stars” champion Julianne Hough takes the stage Wednesday, Oct. 21, with tracks from her self-titled album, including the hit single, “That Song in My Head.”

Dove Award-winning Christian singer Jeremy Camp and Christian group Tenth Avenue North will appear in concert together on Friday, Oct. 23.

Country-music star Blake Shelton’s baritone voice will fill the arena as he performs hits such as “Austin,” “Home,” “The More I Drink” and “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” Saturday, Oct. 24.

The artist for Thursday, Oct. 22, is yet to be determined.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $5 to $15 and can be purchased online only at beginning Aug. 3 at 10 a.m.

Concert tickets remaining after the start of the State Fair can be purchased at the Dorton Arena box office.


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  • 2thebeach Jul 8, 2009

    Since when is the fair all about the entertainers? If you don't like who is there, don't go see them. If you don't want to pay, don't pay. It's the fair, not a concert.

  • SoFarFromHome Jul 7, 2009

    How wonderfu would that be YELLOWDAISIES?

    Honestly, big people cost big $$$$!!! I wanna see Josh Turner, and I will pay for it too!!!

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  • wp Jul 7, 2009

    The best on that list is Blake Shelton by far...

  • jobchick2004 Jul 7, 2009

    Big names cost big money-if you want big entertainment at the fair-I strongly suggest you contact the NC Ag Commission and help them pay for it.

  • akeenan Jul 7, 2009

    Is this now the NC Christian Fair?? What happened to the big names we used to get-oh all that mondy went to build a new Pier.

  • jobchick2004 Jul 7, 2009

    Well, who do you want guys, U2? This is the fair-not Finley. I think it's a great line up-although personally, I go to the fair to eat.

  • littleriver69 Jul 7, 2009

    Seems NC always strains to get good talent to come to the fair. The talent listed for this year is why my family does not go to the fair. Its lame talent and you have to buy the tickets to see them?? Give me a break. You use to be able to walk right into the concert with your admission price. What happened? Come on NC, you organizers need to do much better than this. Whats next, Clay Aiken?? Please......!!

  • Hip-Shot Jul 6, 2009

    "What happened to good ole days when the fair really had talented people to perform?"

    I agree. Back in the 70's I got to see Jerry Reed,Susan Raye, and Jim Stafford and it was included in the price of an admission ticket.

  • lbzebulon Jul 6, 2009

    This is a pityful line up of so called talent. What happened to good ole days when the fair really had talented people to perform?