Your guide to the free concerts at this summer's Iowa State Fair
A nine-month Grandstand renovation project began at the Iowa State Fair on Nov. 13 with the demolishing the Grandstand stage.
Susan Knapp Amphitheater
High Valley (Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.): Canadian country duo plays a free set ahead of a scheduled Grandstand appearance on Aug. 12 with Old Dominion.
Drew Baldridge (Aug. 10 at 8 p.m.): Illinois-born independent country act touring in support of his new single, “Gentle Man.”
Faren Rachels (Aug. 11 at 8 p.m.): Georgia-raised upcoming singer Rolling Stone once described as the “glory days of … '90s country music.”
Jordan Davis (Aug. 12 at 8 p.m.): Upcoming major label country act who released his debut album, “Home State,” in March.
Ashley McBryde (Aug. 13 at 8 p.m.): Red dirt country songwriter plays the fair in support of her acclaimed debut, “Girl Going Nowhere.”
Tegan Marie (Aug. 14 at 8 p.m.): Signing with Warner Music Nashville last year, the 14-year-old Tegan Marie is one of the youngest singers to sign a major record deal in decades.
Country Gold (Aug. 15 at 5 and 7:30 p.m.): Leroy Van Dyke, Mandy Barnett and T.G. Sheppard team up for a tour stop at the fair.
Brown and Gray (Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.): Newly formed country pop duo out of London and Los Angeles.
Runaway June (Aug. 17 at 8 p.m.): Modern country trio that leans on roots and bluegrass traditions.
Muscadine Bloodlines (Aug. 18 at 8 p.m.): Southern rock and country influences collide with this upcoming duo.
The Gap Experience (Aug. 19 at 8 p.m.): Funk comes to life with this group featuring original members of the Gap Band Players.
Anne and Bill Riley Stage
Matt’s Family Jam (Aug. 9 and 10 at 7 and 9 p.m.): Originals and covers come during a performance from this family musical affair.
Iowa State Fair Queen coronation (Aug. 11 at 7 p.m.): The Iowa State Fair queen is crowned.
Redhead Express (Aug. 12 and 13 at 8 p.m.): Country group led by four sisters covering your favorite songs.
Ron Diamond (Aug. 14-18 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.): An alum of Walt Disney Productions, Diamond is a hypnotist and illusionist set to bring a “down-to-earth” style to his show.
Jordan Feliz (Aug. 19 at 8 p.m.): A Christian folk pop singer.
Bud Light Stage
Queensryche (Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.): Hard rock group that’s shared the stage with Iron Maiden, Metallica and more.
Faster Pussycat (Aug. 10 at 8 p.m.): 1980s glam metal from Los Angeles.
The Iron Maidens (Aug. 11 at 8 p.m.): Iron Maiden tribute act.
Lissie (Aug. 12 at 8 p.m.): An acclaimed indie songwriter hailing from northeast Iowa.
Hairball (Aug. 13 and 14 at 8 p.m.): A classic rock tribute act known for covering the likes of Guns n’ Roses, Bon Jovi and more.
Great White (Aug. 15 at 8 p.m.): Grammy Award-nominated 1980s rock group.
Brian Howe, formerly of Bad Company (Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.): The 1980s and ‘90s “Holy Water” vocalist plays a one-night only stop at the fair.
Autograph (Aug. 17 at 8 p.m.): “Turn Up the Radio”” 1980s rock act.
Paradise Kitty (Aug. 18 at 8 p.m.): Guns n' Roses tribute.
Here Come the Mummies (Aug. 19 at 8 p.m.): Funk band also known for appearing regularly at Des Moines’ Nitefall on the River concert series.
MidAmerican Energy Stage
The Lone Bellow (Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.): Indie pop hailing from Brooklyn.
The Nadas (Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.): Iowa-grown folk band and Iowa State Fair staple returns for two performances in one night.
Renata (Aug. 11 and 12 at 7 and 9 p.m.): Teenage country folk group performing covers and original music.
Biz Markie (Aug. 13 at 8 p.m.): Famed “Just a Friend” rapper and performer.
Marc Broussard (Aug. 14 at 8 p.m.): “Home” soul singer returns to Iowa with his touring band.
Leela James (Aug. 15 at 8 p.m.): An R&B singer touring in support of her 2017 album, “Did It For Love.”
Martin Sexton (Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.): Notable 1990s singer-songwriter.
Bob Dorr and the Iowa Music Review (Aug. 17 at 8 p.m.): The Blue Band frontman returns to the Iowa State Fair with his latest Americana and blues project.
Blessid Union of Souls (Aug. 18 at 8 p.m.): Famed 1990s alternative rock group known for tracks “Hey Leonardo” and “I Believe.”
DMC of Run DMC (Aug. 19 at 8 p.m.): The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and acclaimed hip-hop innovator plays the last night of the fair.