The annual Kentucky State Fair will be soon, taking place from Thursday, August 16th through Sunday, August 26th. In between your people watching, fried Oreos, and 25 rides on the Gravitron, there is the annual batch of concerts that always makes for some quality entertainment. Some are free, some will cost you. Not sure how many Grammys have been won between this group, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a good time.
Thursday, August 16th (free): Cinderella and Sebastian Bach
What better way to kick off the fair than to have hair band enthusiasts in holy jeans take over the old Cardinal Stadium? Cinderella, famous for the Monster Ballad “Don’t Know What Ya Got (Till It’s Gone)”, will be teaming up with Sebastian Bach, former front man of Skid Row. Surely Bach has the rights to the hits ’18 & Life’ and ‘I Remember You’, a la John Fogerty and the CCR songs? Expect to see some acid washed jeans and some long, stringy hair headbanging to some old hits. Watch Cinderella’s famous Monster Ballad.
Friday, August 17th (free): Keith Sweat with Robbie Bartlett
Cardinal Stadium will become an R&B bastion one night later when Keith Sweat and his soothing tones take the stage. Ladies are sure to get turned on when Sweat starts belting out slow jams ‘Nobody’ and ‘Twisted.’ These old school R&B hits should guarantee some guys a night they may not forget once they get home to the bedroom. I must admit I don’t know who Robbie Bartlett is, but Wikipedia says he sang backup vocals on ‘Everyday People.’ Watch Nobody, hopefully in the presence of a lady.
Thursday, August 16th: Hank Williams Jr. and George Thorogood and the Destroyers
You have to pay a little bit of cash to watch this show, but it might be the best of the bunch, as Bocephus and Thorogood should put on a heck of a show at Freedom Hall. The booze will be flowing with these two seasoned veterans, but air guitar riffs should be plentiful regardless of how engulfed you are in your drink of choice. Hank’s country hits are well known in these parts, and Thorogood’s hard rock gets plenty of love on any classic rock station. Hearing ‘Kawliga’ and ‘One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer’ live in one show? Count me in. Watch Hank’s Family Tradition on YouTube.
Friday, August 17th: Journey with Pat Benatar and Loverboy
Singalong songs galore with three performances all under one roof, as the early days of MTV get revived with this trio. Just because Journey doesn’t have all the original band members doesn’t mean you can’t belt out ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ at the top of your lungs. And I’m sure there will be some lonely 30-something in the crowd who may shed a tear when hearing Benatar’s ‘Love is a Battlefield.’ Not sure the order of the three, but Loverboy’s arena rock feel should also ignite the crowd, especially when people hear ‘Working for the Weekend.’ Watch Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze dance to ‘Working for the Weekend’ on SNL.
Saturday, August 18th: Rascal Flatts
What gives, a halfway current band at the State Fair? Not sure I agree with that. None the less, fans can get their air fiddle on with Rascal Flatts at Freedom Hall on Saturday night. Firmly entrenched in the country music landscape, the crowd for Rascal Flatts will probably be pretty diverse, though it remains to be seen what kind of rowdiness it will present for arena staff. Regardless, fans should get a good dose of fast and slow songs from the band’s repitoire of over a decade of music.
See these and the rest of the musical acts for the fair at the Kentucky State Fair website.