Susan Knapp Amphitheater

KDSM FOX 17

  • Kristian Bush

    Kristian Bush

    8 p.m. on 8/7 

    Kristian Bush

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    • 8/7

    As one half of the platinum-selling country duo Sugarland, Kristian Bush has been leaving his mark on music for over twenty years. He is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and instrumentalist who began his career in a folk rock duo in the early 90s. His latest single, “Love or Money,” was released in October 2013. Bush is currently on the road with his 2014 Put Your Soul In It Tour. 

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  • Jon Pardi

    Jon Pardi

    8 p.m. on 8/8 

    Jon Pardi

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    Jon Pardi’s start in music began with a grandmother who had a taste for classic country and a karaoke machine. As a Dixon, California, native, Pardi’s sound is similar to those of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard with hints of Waylon Jennings and Jerry Lee Lewis. Songs from his album include “Fightin’ the Fool,” “Drinkin’ with Me” and “Write You a Song.”

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  • Dallas Smith

    Dallas Smith

    8 p.m. on 8/9 

    Dallas Smith

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    • 8/9

    Combining country music from his mother and classic rock from his father, Dallas Smith has created the perfect musical storm. The British Colombia native has been nominated for five Canadian Country Music Association Awards and one Juno Award for Country Album of the Year. Smith is making his country debut in the U.S. with the single “Tippin’ Point.” 

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  • Trick Pony

    Trick Pony

    8 p.m. on 8/10 

    Trick Pony

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    • 8/10

    After reuniting last year, the country band Trick Pony is back at the Iowa State Fair for the first time since 2001.  Without abandoning their signature sound, Trick Pony has given themselves a new flare to fit with today’s country radio. The band says their music is better than ever, and they are excited to find new fans in 2014. Their hits include “On a Night like This,” “Just What I Do” and “On a Mission.”

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  • Dustin Lynch

    Dustin Lynch

    8 p.m. on 8/11 

    Dustin Lynch

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    • 8/11

    Dustin Lynch found his way into the country music industry by visiting the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville where he learned everything about the music writing process from country writers like Don Schlits (“The Gambler”), Tony Arata (“The Dance”) and Paul Overstreet (“Forever and Ever, Amen”). Lynch soon took to the mic himself and the rest fell into place. Taking skills from his high school band days and the southeastern club circuit, Lynch combines them to create both party songs and ballads like “Where It’s at,” “She Cranks My Tractor” and his most notable hit, "Cowboys and Angels."

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  • Country Gold

    Country Gold

    5 & 7:30 p.m. on 8/12 

    Country Gold

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    • 8/12

    Leroy Van Dyke

    Known around the world as an entertainer, recording artist, radio and television star, actor and auctioneer, Leroy Van Dyke was a 2001 inductee into the North American Country Music Association International Hall of Fame. His hit, “Walk on By,” stayed on the charts for 42 weeks and was named the biggest country music record in history by Billboard Magazine. Van Dyke wrote more than 500 songs throughout his career, including his first hit, “Auctioneer.”

    Jim Ed Brown

    A native of Sparkman, Arkansas, Jim Ed Brown began his music career with his sister, Marlene, in 1954 with their first record, Looking Back to See. A year later their other sister joined them, creating the band The Browns and releasing the top-10 hit “Here Today and Gone Tomorrow.” After spending two years in the military, Brown broke off from his sisters and released “Pop-A-Top” in 1966. He later joined Helen Cornelius to form one of the most successful recording duos of all time with songs like “Don’t Bother to Knock.” Brown’s musical career has continued through today where he remains with the Grand Ole Opry.

    Helen Cornelius

    Growing up on a farm in Missouri, Helen Cornelius couldn’t get enough of radio’s Grand Ole Opry. She began her career in the 70s by writing songs for performers like The Oak Ridge Boys and Connie Smith. By 1977, she and Jim Ed Brown teamed up to create a country duo, which won her a nomination in the Best New Female Vocalist category by the Academy of Country Music. Some of their songs include, “I Don’t Want to Have to Marry You” and “Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye.” In 1984 Cornelius was selected to take the lead in the revived version of Annie Get Your Gun. By the 1990s, she was back on the road again.

    Billy Dean

    Growing up in Quincy, Florida, Billy Dean was influenced by an array of music. His first top-five hit was “Only Here for a Little While.” Dean has won a wide variety of awards including the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year and the Nashville Songwriters’ Association’s Song of the Year. He has released 12 albums and received 11 top-ten singles over a period of 18 years. Some of his hits include “Billy the Kid” and “Somewhere in My Broken Heart.”

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  • The Swon Brothers

    The Swon Brothers

    8 p.m. on 8/13 

    The Swon Brothers

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    • 8/13

    Recent Finalists on NBC’s The Voice, the Swon Brothers have started making waves in the music world. The two boys grew up on their parents’ tour bus performing as part of a family gospel group. Their performances eventually developed into a family-style variety show in their home state of Oklahoma where they performed everything from Elvis to Frank Sinatra. They now record on their own music label. Their songs include “Oklahoma Lovin’” and “This Close to Gone.”

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  • Fair-well to Summer Dance Party

    Fair-well to Summer Dance Party

    7 p.m. on 8/14 

    Fair-well to Summer Dance Party

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    • 8/14

    GenerationNOW Entertainment, Sub Sonic Social and 515 Alive presents the "Fair-well to Summer Dance Party," offering teens and young adults a place to show off their dance moves at the Iowa State Fair. Performances by Jesse Jamz (Sub Sonic Social / 515 Alive), DJ Raj (Sub Sonic Social / 515 Alive), DJ Mad Mardigan (Official DJ of the Minnesota Timberwolves) and Mister Black (Firepower Records). Emceed by Shawn Brighton.  Not only will they be spinning music from all eras and genres but they will also be offering some fun surprises and special guests.

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  • Eric Paslay

    Eric Paslay

    8 p.m. on 8/15 

    Eric Paslay

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    • 8/15

    Starting out his music career as a songwriter, Eric Paslay has collaborated with country greats like Jake Owen, Love and Theft and the Eli Young Band. At age 15 he began playing the guitar and writing poems. He later realized that poems were just songs without music and created his first song when he put chords to a poem he wrote for a girl. His new single, “Friday Night,” is just a preview of his upcoming debut album which features other songs like, “She Don’t Love You” and “Song about a Girl.”

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  • Sundy Best

    Sundy Best

    8 p.m. on 8/16 

    Sundy Best

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    • 8/16

    The two members of Sundy Best, Kris and Nick, are lifelong friends, college athletes and dog-lovers. The country duo began their careers as a high energy Lexington, Kentucky, bar act. Taking classic rock sounds from the 70s and 80s and modernizing it with country and bluegrass, the group has made their own sound in the music industry by making it personal. Their newest single is “Until I Met You.”

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  • Charles Esten

    Charles Esten

    8 p.m. on 8/17 

    Charles Esten

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    • 8/17

    Best known for his role as Deacon Claybourne on ABC’s Nashville, Charles “Chip” Esten had a long acting career before landing his current role. Esten made his theatrical debut in London as Buddy Holly in the West End musical Buddy. He later appeared on the original British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? followed by roles on ER, The Office and Disney’s Jessie. Many of the songs he has performed on Nashville are available on the show’s three soundtracks, including, “Like New” and “Keep Coming Back.”

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