Indiana State Fair’s first set of concerts includes homegrown talent, big names, big value

Some of the world’s hottest acts in Country, Christian, Rock, Pop and Gospel music, including Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Demi Lovato and Sandi Patty & the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra are coming Indianapolis for this year’s Indiana State Fair.  The diverse line-up also includes the newly created “Indiana MusicFest” that puts three big Hoosier acts – Jon McLaughlin, The Elms and The Why Store – on the fair’s Hoosier Lottery Grandstand stage. Each year, the Indiana State Fair adds a major kick to the Indianapolis music scene. If you’re looking for fun things to do in Indianapolis, stop by the Indiana State Fair and catch a concert.

Tickets for all shows went on sale Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Box Office, the Indiana State Fair booth at the WFMS Country Music Expo and all Ticketmaster locations.  They can also be purchased through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online.

Official video to Everybody by Keith Urban

Urban is a two-time Grammy award winner and three times has been named the Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year.  A New Zealand native, he has recorded seven No. 1 songs and another seven Top 5 hits, including “You’ll Think of Me,” “Your Everything” and “Sweet Thing.”  His No. 1 hits have spent a cumulative 27 weeks on top of Billboard’s Hot Country Chart.  He will perform with special guest Jason Aldean August 15 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $39, $49 and $64 and include State Fair admission.

Clarkson is the winner of the original “American Idol” show, which launched her into stardom.  Her new single, “My Life Would Suck Without You,” is the most recent of a string of hits and just made Billboard magazine history for the largest leap to No. 1 by going from No. 97 to the top spot.  It joins her six other Top 10 hits, including “Never Again,” “Since U Been Gone” and “Miss Independent.”  Tickets for her August 14 show are $27, $37 and $50 and include State Fair admission.

MercyMe headlines a great Christian double-bill that also includes Lafayette native Jeremy Camp in a show presented by Shepherd Community Center.  MercyMe stormed the Top 40, Adult Contemporary and Christian charts more than 10 years ago with its hit “I Can Only Imagine.”  Since then, the Texas-based group has sold more than 5 million records with 19 No. 1 singles like “Homesick,” “So Long Self” and “In The Blink of an Eye.”  Camp has 16 No. 1 songs, five Dove Awards, three ASCAP Songwriter of the Year wins and an American Music Award nomination thanks to hits like “Take You Back,” “This Man,” “Beyond Measure” and “Give Me Jesus.”  Tickets are $25 and $35 for this August 12 show and include State Fair admission.

Gospel music legend and Hoosier native Sandy Patti returns to the fair with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on August 11.  The most award-winning female artist in Christian music history, Patty will feature Broadway numbers along with songs from her 30th recording, “Songs for the Journey,” released in 2008.  Supporting Patty will be the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra lead by conductor Bob Krogstad.  Tickets for this show are $20, $25 and $35 and include State Fair admission.

“Indiana MusicFest” is a new State Fair concept that features a trio of Hoosier artists August 13. Jon McLaughlin has recently released his second album, “OK NOW,” which has already spawned one hit with “Beating My Heart” to follow-up his highly successful debut album, “Indiana.” The Elms, with the support of fellow Seymour native John Mellencamp, are starting to make a name for themselves with their single “This Is How the World Will End” and a highly anticipated new album due this summer. The Why Store, with frontman Chris Shaffer, is still going strong after 15 years and five albums.  This 7 p.m. show is free with State Fair admission.

The fair has traditionally included a great kids’ concert in recent years (Corbin Bleu, Jonas Brothers, Raven) and this year will be no different as Disney’s newest sensation, Demi Lovato, performs August 10 at 7 p.m.  This talented singer, songwriter and actress has come a long way since her days on “Barney & Friends” when she was just 10 years old.  She starred in the Disney Channel original movie “Camp Rock” and her new TV series, “Sonny with a Chance,” just debuted this week.  Her debut album, “Don’t Forget,” was released in September and her current single, “La La Land,” is currently a Top 10 Radio Disney hit.  Tickets for this show are $15 and include State Fair admission.

For more information, contact the Indiana State Fairgrounds Box Office at (317) 927-7601.  The State Fair is expecting to make more concert announcements soon.