HUTCHINSON, Kansas– The Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand adds pop, arena rock and Christian to the lineup: Andy Grammer with special guest Rachel Platten, Hairball and Crowder will all take the stage in September at the 2016 Kansas State Fair.
Andy Grammer with Special Guest Rachel Platten – Friday, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. – Tickets $75/$50/$35*
Los Angeles-born, New York-raised recording artist Andy Grammer has gone from hustling street performer on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade to multi-platinum selling recording artist. Grammer’s background singing on the streets helped him hone his performance style and clued him in on audience expectations.
Grammer became the first male pop star in a decade to reach the Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio on his first two singles, “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me” from his 2011 self-titled debut album. Both singles are certified Platinum and Gold respectively and have sold more than 1.5 million downloads combined. His album Magazines or Novels, continues his disarming success with his triple-platinum No. 1 single “Honey, I’m Good.” and “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah).”
In just a few short years, Grammer’s accomplishments have made waves. He’s gone on to sell over 100,000 albums, play sold out venues nationwide, perform onstage with Taylor Swift, Train, and Colbie Caillat, appear on an array of national TV shows and receive two BMI Pop Music Awards among many other endeavors.
The success of his debut album brought him to places he had dreamed of, but never expected to visit.
For more information on Andy Grammer, please visit www.andygrammer.com.
Growing up in Boston, Rachel Platten recalls harmonizing with her family to finely crafted pop songs from Sam Cooke to The Beatles. As a teenager, Rachel gravitated towards, and began to become affected by, hip-hop and female singer-songwriters. Her CD collection was comprised of Tori Amos, Patti Griffin, A Tribe Called Quest and Nas. The commonality between the two seemingly different genres: confessional and vulnerable songwriting.
After finishing college, Rachel immediately set out for New York City where she took up residence in the very apartment building on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village where Bob Dylan once lived. She found a band on Craigslist and started performing in clubs around the city paying her dues for the next few years in the industry.
Platten found her first big spark with “Fight Song,” which took two years to complete. She turned inward by telling her own story through the song. The song delivered exactly the message people needed. “Fight Song” was a life-changing and inspirational song of 2015, topping iTunes and radio charts and selling more than two million downloads in the U.S. alone. “Fight Song” ignited a fire, which led to her major label debut, Wildfire, released January 1, 2016.
The break out artist is touring the world, performing on countless television shows and being played on radio stations coast to coast. Platten recently premiered the beautifully uplifting music video for her current single “Stand By You,” another emotionally empowering anthem from the songstress. Rachel Platten is one to watch.
To learn more about Rachel Platten, please go to www.rachelplatten.com.
Hairball – Thursday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. – Tickets $25/$15*
Eat, sleep, breath rock ‘n’ roll: the essence of Hairball. They transform the stage into an entirely new rock spectacle performing hits from Van Halen, KISS, Motley Crue, Queen, Journey, Prince, Aerosmith and more. Vocalists Joe, Steve and Bobby lead the band through a mind-blowing and accurate homage to some of the biggest arena acts in the world.
Hairball pride themselves on nailing some of the most memorable licks and chops of all time, while adding their own style and flare that they’ve cultivated over decades of performing. They celebrated their 15th year of rock ‘n’ roll in 2015 and are constantly adding more characters, pyrotechnics, lights, sound, props and surprises to their performances.
The group performs every show as though it could be their last. They deliver a 100% full-on, no-holds-barred, exciting, chaotic, fiery party that has to be experienced to be believed.
Hairball is much more than a typical “80’s Tribute” band. They are an experience, an attitude and expression of music that is so much more than a retro flashback. This year will be Hairball’s second performance at the Kansas State Fair. Missed their show last year? Don’t make the same mistake twice. You won’t want to miss this one.
For more information about Hairball, please go to www.hairballonline.com.
Crowder – Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. – Tickets $50/30/20*
David Crowder never meant to write and sing songs for a living. He assumed he would move back home to Texarkana, Texas, after attending college at Baylor University to follow in his father’s footsteps selling insurance and taking over the family business. It was only when his friend, a pastor, told Crowder a story, which began his journey back to the church. In 1995, Crowder and his friend started a church in Waco, Texas, where Crowder was to collect sounds and words that would give expression to their communal experience and eventually write compositions.
In November 2012, Crowder released his first solo project, Crowder: iTunes® Session, which delivered nine stripped down organic tracks to many of his most loved originals. He has been embraced for his lyrically powerful and musically elaborate and unpredictable songs that have found themselves being sung everywhere from churches to clubs all across the country. Crowder’s most recent album, Neon Steeple, was released in May 2014 and includes hits “I Am,” “Come as You Are” and “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains).”
For more information on Crowder, please visit www.crowdermusic.com.