Grandstand lineup announced

Published 9:00 am Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Freeborn County Fair Board today released information about the remaining performers scheduled for this year’s Grandstand entertainment.

Kicking off the fair July 31 will be country musician Easton Corbin.

With two No. 1 singles, multiple awards and nominations, plus performances on some of the biggest stages in the world, Corbin is lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement.

His self-titled debut album released in 2010 and spawned back-to-back hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It.” He was the first male country artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1.

Corbin’s new single, “A Girl Like You,” from his upcoming fourth studio album, is Top 30 and climbing and was released to rave reviews.

Performing the national anthem and a 20-minute show prior to Corbin’s concert will be powerhouse country singer/songwriter Casi Joy, who performed on season 12 of NBC’s “The Voice” in 2017. Joy’s mother is an Albert Lea High School graduate. 

On Aug. 1, entertainment industry icon Chubby Checker will perform.

Checker is best known for popularizing “The Twist” — the only song to hit the No. 1 position twice in two different years. The song in 2008 was named the No. 1 song of the Billboard Hot 100’s first 50 years.

Checker also invented and popularized many other dances, including The Fly, The Pony, The Shake and The Hucklebuck.

Rising country music star Dylan Scott will perform Aug. 2.

Scott released his romantic No. 1 hit “My Girl” in 2016, which earned Scott his first-ever Gold certification. His self-titled debut album landed at No. 5 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart.

He made a triumphant Grand Ole Opry debut and launched a headlining tour, selling out some of the nation’s biggest clubs for crowds of over 3,000, and now is circling back.

His music features a high-octane mix of current country and pop-friendly Southern rock that celebrates both his down-home roots and big-city ambitions.

The fair board in December announced that three rock bands made famous in the 1980s and early ’90s will perform at the Grandstand Aug. 3.

Exploded out of the boiling hard rock and heavy metal scene in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, Dokken is known for charting singles such as “Alone Again,” “In My Dreams” and “Burning Like a Flame.” The group has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.

Founded in 1983, Warrant is known for its debut album, “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich” and singles “Cherry Pie,” “Heaven” and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

Winger, on top of the music charts in the early 1990s, is known for singles “Headed for Heartbreak,” “Miles Away” and “Seventeen.”

Finishing out the fair entertainment will be three-time Grammy nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry Trace Adkins.

Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts. In addition to his music he has been a TV personality, actor, author and spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and American Red Cross.

In recent years, he has performed for the nation’s service men and women across 11 USO Tours.

Tickets go on sale Friday at midwestix.com.