Your guide to the Iowa State Fair Grandstand lineup
The Iowa State Fair Grandstand lineup for 2017 is complete with the addition of headlining performances from Paramore on Aug. 14 and Flo Rida on Aug. 15. Wochit
For KING & COUNTRY (Aug. 10)
A Christian duo hailing from Australia, the Grammy Award-winning group kicks off the 2017 Grandstand entertainment with a performance featuring Matt Maher listed as opening support. The alternative Christian pop group appears on the east side of Des Moines having two studio albums of material to pull from, 2012’s “Crave” and the 2014 effort “Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.” $30-$45. 8 p.m.
Nickelback (Aug. 11)
The Chad Kroeger-led Nickelback, Canada’s best-known rock ‘n’ roll group not named Rush, returns to the Iowa State Fair Grandstand fresh off an internet comment battle with Iowa’s own Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour fame, in which Kroeger called Stone Sour “Nickelback Lite” and Taylor responded by saying “Kroger is to rock what KFC is to chicken.” Nickelback released its ninth studio album, “Feed The Machine,” on June 16. Pop Evil and Shaman’s Harvest are set to support the bill. $52-$72. 8 p.m.
I Love The ‘90s (Aug. 12)
A big, bad dose of ice, ice ‘90s hits the Grandstand with an appearance by the Vanilla Ice and Salt-n-Peppa-led “I Love The ‘90s” tour. Featuring a collection of hip-hop, R&B and pop acts from nearly two decades past, the tour also is set to boast performances from Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Coolio and Young MC. $27-$45. 8 p.m.
Pentatonix (Aug. 13)
America’s favorite a capella group returns to the Iowa State Fair for a sold out Grandstand performance boasting all-vocal renditions of fan-favorite originals and covers. The five-piece group has garnered billions of YouTube views and appeared numerous times on major television networks, most notably on NBC for “A Pentatonix Christmas Special.” Pentatonix’s latest release, “PTX Vol. 4 - Classics” dropped in April. Sold out. 8 p.m.
Paramore (Aug. 14)
A pop rock favorite, Paramore returns to Des Moines in support of “After Laughter,” the acclaimed fifth album from the Tennessee-based group. Fronted by Hayley Williams, the Grammy Award-winning Paramore is known a decade-plus of high-energy tracks, including “Ain’t It Fun,” “Misery Business,” “Still Into You,” “Hard Times” and “The Only Exception.” Rock group X Ambassadors is set to support the bill. $40-$60. 8 p.m.
Flo Rida (Aug. 15)
Florida’s own hip-hop hitmaker Flo Rida appears at the Grandstand this August in support of his December 2016 single, “Cake.” A multi-occasion Grammy Award nominee, Flo Rida is known for chart-topping hits “My House,” “Whistle,” “Low,” “Good Feeling” and “Wild Ones.” Details on a new album, marking his fifth, are set to be released in the near future. $32-$45. 8 p.m.
Alabama (Aug. 17)
An act so native to the Iowa State Fair they very well could own a summer home on Des Moines’ east side, Alabama returns to bring fans four decades of country rock jams. Having sold an estimated 73 million albums in four-plus decades, Alabama is known for the cuts “Song of the South,” “I’m in a Hurry” and “Born Country.” Charlie Daniels Band opens the bill. $42-$57. 8 p.m.
Little Big Town (Aug. 18)
The celebrated modern country group returns to Iowa in support of studio album number eight, “The Breaker.” The album, which Time Magazine called one of the best of 2017 so far, debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart and No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart. When not performing numbers from “The Breaker,” Little Big Town is known for hits “Girl Crush,” “Pontoon” and “Day Drinking.” Seth Ennis opens the show. $32-$52. 8 p.m.
John Mellencamp (Aug. 19)
Heartland rock icon Johnny Cougar returns to central Iowa for the third time in two years, bringing with him a collection of new songs from the 2017 release “Sad Clowns and Hillbillies.” Known for tracks such as “Jack & Diane,” “Hurts So Good,” “Small Town” and “Cherry Bomb,” Mellencamp is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member since 2008. Support on the bill comes from the Carter family’s own Carlene Carter. $50-$85. 8 p.m.
Kid Rock (Aug. 20)
Fresh off an social media tease that he would run for an upcoming U.S. Senate seat, Kid Rock is a country-meets-rock-meets-a-little-hip-hop songwriter and performer hailing from Michigan. Known best for his 1998 album “Devil Without A Cause,” which boasted songs “Bawitdaba” and “Cowboy,” Rock released his latest record, “First Kiss,” in 2015. Support on the bill comes from Uncle Kracker. $62-$90. 8 p.m.
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