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Iowa's music scene really heats up in the summertime. Here are some shows and festivals you can catch in 2019. Mackenzie Ryan, Des Moines Register

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Get ready to rock in the Grandstand. The Iowa State Fair is just around the corner, and plenty of performers are set to take the stage.

Here's a closer look at the lineup: 

For King & Country with special guest Zach Williams

Showtime: 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8

For King & Country, comprised of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, released their third studio album, "Burn the Ships," in October 2018.

The two-time Grammy Award-winning Australian duo explores themes of new beginnings, forgiveness, hope and love through their music. The album’s debut single, “Joy,” held the No. 1 spot for four consecutive weeks, and has been streamed more than 12 million times.

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Their previous album, the gold-certified "Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong." debuted at No. 1 on iTunes and produced two Grammys, four Dove Awards and a 60-date arena tour. They have garnered four No. 1 hits, nine Top 10 hits and had songs featured on the Emmys, Super Bowl, Sunday Night Football and other high-profile events.

The Chainsmokers

Showtime: 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9

The Grammy Award-winning "Closer" electronic duo last played Des Moines in 2017, a Hawkeye State debut to 10,611 at Wells Fargo Arena.

The Chainsmokers broke out in 2016 with inescapable late summer smash "Closer," a song that spent three months at the top of the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart. The group landed a string of top 10 Billboard hits in 2016 and 2017, including "Don't Let Me Down," "Something Just Like This," "Roses" and "Paris."

The Chainsmokers ended 2018 with releasing "This Feeling," a track featuring country pop star Kelsea Ballerini. The band kicked off 2019 by collaborating with Australian pop-punk favorite 5 Seconds of Summer for the single "Who Do You Love."

Slipknot with special guest Gojira

Showtime: 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10

For the first time in the Des Moines-born heavy metal band's two-decade history, Slipknot plans to invade the Iowa State Fair Grandstand.  

"I'm gonna drive from my house directly to the stage just like I do when I come to the fair," Slipknot co-founder and percussionist M. Shawn Crahan previously told the Register. "It makes no sense why we haven't played here."

The Grammy Award-winning nonet's latest record, ".5: The Gray Chapter," debuted at No. 1 in 2014 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.  This will be their first show in Iowa since a Wells Fargo Arena appearance in August 2016.

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Zac Brown Band with special guest Caroline Jones

Showtime: 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11

Zac Brown and his three-time Grammy Award-winning group make their Iowa State Fair debut this summer. 

Popular for a country sound that dabbles in bluegrass and southern rock, the band returns to Iowa as part of "The Owl Tour." Zach Brown Band last played Des Moines in 2011, a show at Wells Fargo Arena. 

The group broke out in 2008 with No. 1 Billboard Country Airplay hit "Chicken Fried," since landing a total 13 songs on the top of the coveted country chart. Leading Zac Brown Band numbers include "Beautiful Drug," "Highway 20 Ride," "Keep Me In Mind" and "Knee Deep." 

The band closed 2018 by releasing a new song, "Someone I Used To Know," co-written by pop star Shawn Mendes, and is working on a new album. 

Toby Keith with special guest Jimmie Allen

Showtime: 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12

Known for his chart-topping hits like "Red Solo Cup" and "American Soldier," this isn't Keith's first rodeo at the fair. He packed the house in both 2002 and 2013. 

His first No. 1 hit, "Should've Been a Cowboy," turned 25 last year, but Keith is still regularly putting out radio hits, including his last album, "35 MPH Town."

During an interview with the Register in 2017, Keith talked about the decisions that go into creating a set, saying, "I try to play as (much) of the great big stuff as I can. Try to mix in a little old with a little new. If you’ve got a crowd and you play a couple No. 1 (hits) and they’re really receptive to it, I’ve got eight or nine more of those I can play. … My set list is kind of open to where — once we get things rolling, once we get a feel for what we’re dealing’ with — we can go in two or three different directions. But I try to get as (much) of the big stuff in there as I can cram into a couple hours."

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Dan + Shay with special guest Carly Pearce

Showtime: 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13

Dan + Shay have racked up Grammy, Billboard, ACM and CMT Award wins and accumulated nearly two billion on-demand career streams.

After U.K and U.S. tours, the duo is set to head to Australia for Shawn Mendes’ tour, performing from their array of hits including singles “All To Myself,” “Speechless” and the most-streamed song released in 2018, their multi-Platinum hit “Tequila.”

Their catalogue comprises six Platinum singles, including the duo’s debut “19 You + Me,” and their five No. 1 hits: “Tequila,” “Speechless,” “Nothin’ Like You,” “From The Ground Up” and “How Not To.”

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Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias with special guest Alfred Robles

Showtime: 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14

Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias was featured in The Hollywood Reporter's Top 40 Comedy Players of 2018 issue alongside comedy giants Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Lorne Michaels.

Unlike many in the stand-up world, Iglesias' comedy stays mostly clean and his non-controversial material appeals to audiences of all ages and walks of life.

Iglesias has also had the distinct honor of being one of the few to headline and sell out Madison Square Garden, the Staples Center and the Sydney Opera House. He is also one of the most watched comedians on YouTube with over 380,000,000 views and has over 14 million followers across social media.

Foreigner with special guest Night Ranger

Showtime: 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15

Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million.

Responsible for some of rock and roll's most enduring anthems including "Juke Box Hero," "Cold As Ice," "Hot Blooded," "Waiting For A Girl Like You," "Feels Like The First Time" and the worldwide No. 1 hit, "I Want To Know What Love Is," Foreigner continues to rock the charts more than 40 years into the game.

Luke Bryan with special guest Jon Langston

Showtime: 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16

“Play It Again” singer and “American Idol” judge Luke Bryan returns to Iowa’s capital city as part of the “What Makes You Country” tour, a run of shows supporting his sixth studio album of the same name.

A familiar face to Iowa’s biggest stages, Bryan returns to the Hawkeye State following a Sept. 2018 performance in Boone, part of his annual Farm Tour. He's known for 20 No. 1 Billboard Country Airplay hits, including “Rain is a Good Thing,” “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” “Move,” “Kick the Dust Up” and “Country Girl.”

Speaking with the Register previously, Bryan described bringing his Farm Tour to Iowa: “The first year that we did Boone, Iowa, it may have been our biggest crowd we ever had at Farm Tour. Just the energy. I tell you nothing’ can replicate bein’ in the heart of the heartland. Bein’ out there in Iowa in corn country.”

“Forever Girl” singer Jon Langston opens the show.

Pentatonix

Showtime: 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17

This vocal five-piece last performed at the Grandstand in 2017, bringing a sold-out crowd of 10,643 to Des Moines' east side. The group mixed classic covers — Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and John Lennon's "Imagine" — with a cappella originals during the performance. 

Pentatonix debuted at the Iowa State Fair in 2013, opening for Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice. 

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A three-time Grammy Award-winning outfit, the group has sold about 10 million records globally, a news release said. The group — known for a discography that mixes cover albums with original songs and holiday favorites — scored its first No. 1 record on Billboard with 2015 release "Pentatonix." 

The Iowa State Fair announced Monday that 4th Ave. will open instead of indie pop singer Rachel Platten, due to a scheduling conflict.

Indie pop singer Rachel Platten opens the show.

Hootie & the Blowfish with special guest Barenaked Ladies

Showtime: 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18

A night of 1990s nostalgia will invade Des Moines when "Hold My Hand" group Hootie & The Blowfish brings the "Group Therapy" reunion tour to the Grandstand. The show comes as part of the band's first summer tour in a decade.  

It'll be the first headlining Grandstand show for Hootie & The Blowfish; group frontman Darius Rucker played the venue solo in 2010. 

An acoustic rock four-piece, Hootie & The Blowfish earned major radio and touring success in the 1990s and 2000s with staple tracks such as "Let Her Cry," "Only Wanna Be With You," "Time" and "Old Man & Me." The group won two Grammy Awards in 1996 behind the success of "Cracked Rear View," one of the best-selling albums of the 1990s.  

"One Week" favorite Barenaked Ladies opens the show.

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