While food and farm animals rule the roost at the Indiana State Fair, there is so much more to this Indianapolis festival than meets the ear. Each year the Indiana State Fair schedules amazing A-list musicians to rock the night away at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. 2011 is no exception. 2011 at the Indiana State Fair brings a host of rock stars to Indiana. From MercyMe and Third Day to Sugarland and Sara Bareilles and even Janet Jackson, there is an act for everyone to enjoy this August at the Indiana State Fair.
MercyMe and Third Day: Wednesday, August 10 at 7:30 pm
MercyMe is a Texas based Christian rock group. Their faith based music originates from their Southern roots. With Bart Millard’s vocals, James Bryson on keyboard, Nathan Cochran on bass and guitarists Michael Scheuchzer and Barry Graul, the band creates uplifting yet melancholy music to express their faith. They first came together in 1994, and recorded six independent albums before signing with INO Records in 2001. Since then, they have released seven full length studio albums. They’ve charted high on both the Billboard 200 and on the Christian Albums chart. In addition, they’ve taken home eight Dove Awards, one ASPCA Award, two American Music Awards and several nods from Billboard Magazine.
Third Day is a Georgia based Christian rock group. Their name references the Bible’s account of Jesus rising from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. They first formed in the early 1990s with lead singer Mac Powell, guitarist Mark Lee and former band mate Billy Wilkins. Later, they added Tai Anderson on bass and David Carr on drums. Their first self-titled studio album, released by Reunion Records, sold more than 300,000 copies and peaked at #34 on the Billboard charts. In total, they’ve recorded fifteen albums peaking at #6 on the Billboard charts with Revelation. They have also won American Music Awards, Grammy Awards, Gospel Music Awards and have been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
Tickets to this Indianapolis music event are between $27 and $33, plus fees.
Sugarland with Sara Bareilles: Saturday, August 13 at 7:30 pm
Sugarland is an American country music duo consisting of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush. The pair first got together in 2002 as a trio with Kristen Hall, who ultimately left the group. In 2004, they signed with Mercury Nashville Records, and have enjoyed wild success ever since. With four studio albums under their belts and five chart topping singles, Sugarland expertly blends musical genres opening themselves up to a wider audience with each note. They’ve taken home Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards and more.
Opening for Sugarland is the incomparable Sara Bareilles. This songwriter, pianist and singer captured radio waves with her first hit single “Love Song,” which first gained public notice after it was iTunes free single of the week. The song jumped from #73 to #16 on the pop charts in just one week. Her new single “King of Everything” proves to the music industry that this starlit isn’t just a flash in the pan.
Hear her live with Sugarland at the Indiana State Fair Saturday, August 13 at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $26 to $51 plus fees.
Janet Jackson: Wednesday, August 17 at 7:30 pm
The youngest member of the Jackson family, Janet Jackson is a true entertainer. Star of screen and stage, Jackson is known for her fabulous stage shows, provocative music and flashy attitude. Rated by Forbes magazine as one of the most wealthy women in entertainment, Jackson ranks on par with Oprah. Born in Gary, Indiana, Jackson is a Hoosier at heart. As the youngest in a family of ten children (all of whom sing and dance), Janet Jackson was born to perform. She hit it big in the late eighties and early nineties as a sex symbol. She has released ten studio albums, and won countless awards. See a living legend in the flesh at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Wednesday, August 17. Tickets range from $46 to $86 plus fees.
Train and Maroon 5: Thursday, August 18 at 7:30 pm
Train has been making music together since 1995. This San Francisco based rock band first gained public notice with their 1998 hit single “Meet Virginia” from the album of the same name. Their next big success came with the 2001 album Drops of Jupiter. The single of the same name was an international sensation, winning two Grammy Awards in 2002. The album was certified double platinum, and remains Train’s best selling record to date. After a three year hiatus from 2006 to 2009, Train rolled back into the popular music scene with the hit “Hey, Soul Sister,” from their fifth studio album Save Me, San Francisco. See Patrick Monahan, Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood in Train at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Thursday, August 18.
This two-for-one concert also bring Maroon 5 to Indianapolis music. This Los Angeles based band first gained notice in 2002 with their debut album Songs About Jane. Generating multiple hit singles including “Harder to Breathe,” “This Love,” “She Will Be Loved” and “Sunday Morning,” the album garnered multiple awards including MTV Video Music Awards, Grammy Awards, NRJ Radio Awards and more. Since then, Maroon 5 has released two other albums: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long and Hands All Over.
Hear Train and Maroon 5 live at the 2011 Indiana State Fair. Tickets to this Indianapolis event range from $26 to $46, plus fees.
Lady Antebellum: Friday, August 19 at 7:30 pm
Lady Antebellum is the hottest new country act. Charles Kelly, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott compose this terrific trio that roles out country hit after hit. Formed in 2006 in Nashville, the band takes their name from the architectural style of large plantation homes. Their debut single “Love Don’t Live Here” reached #3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart. Their debut self titled album hit #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Since then they’ve released two other albums: Need You Now and Own the Night. Lady Antebellum has captured the hearts of America, illustrated through their countless awards in only four years. Hear them live at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Friday, August 19. Tickets to this Indianapolis event range from $28 to $38.
2011 Indiana State Fair
Before these melodious concerts, enjoy a satisfying meal at any of these Indianapolis restaurants. Afterward, recount your favorite musical moments over drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to FunCityFinder.com for all the latest the 2011 Indiana State Fair and other fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun!
2011 Indiana State Fair
Now through August 21
Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205