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Thursday, Mar 14, 2019

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Country music legend Reba McEntire will close the Illinois State Fair with a Sunday night Grandstand show Aug. 18.

McEntire, who will be joined by singer-songwriter Rachel Wammack, has sold more than 56 million albums worldwide, is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and is one of only four entertainers to receive the National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress. Her new album, “Stronger than the Truth,” will be available April 5.

* The Question: If you could pick one musical artist/band to perform at the Illinois State Fair, who would it be? Explain.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

62 Comments
  1. - Steve Rogers - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:10 pm:

    BTS. Because they really play to the crowd and genuinely look like they’re having fun on stage. Plus, we’ve never had a KPop band here


  2. - Blue Dog Dem - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:10 pm:

    Frank Sinatra. Closing song. My Way.


  3. - Reality Check - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:11 pm:

    Margo Price. Illinois native making some of the best country music around right now, Grammy nominee.


  4. - Blue Dog Dem - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:12 pm:

    ..because JB gets to do it…..My Way.


  5. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:16 pm:

    New Duncan Imperials
    Beer tent, not the grandstand.
    It’s almost too perfect a fit.


  6. - Puca - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:17 pm:

    Honey Island Swamp Band because they are an obscure group with a lot of talent.


  7. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:18 pm:

    The Village People because Bruce.


  8. - Anon E Moose - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:19 pm:

    What is the opposite of Maroon 5?


  9. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:19 pm:

    Willie Nelson or Beach Boys. For old time sake. Old,,Old, Old time sake.


  10. - ItsMillerTime - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:20 pm:

    Boat Drink Caucus, let’s show that some of our elected officials and lobbyists are human.


  11. - a drop in - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:20 pm:

    Frankie? BDD, you must have way more power than I imagined.


  12. - The Captain - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:25 pm:

    Bob Marley, preferably after the bill signing but it probably wouldn’t matter either way.


  13. - illini - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:25 pm:

    Many years ago I saw Willie Nelson at the Fair. He was in his prime then, but is still a legend. And still one of my favorite Country artists.

    Willie, Mellencamp, Neil Young and others persuaded Big Jim to help promote the first Farm Aid Concerts at Memorial Stadium. What an event.

    Say what you may about his music and politics but he is an original and a national treasure.


  14. - danray - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:26 pm:

    Oops, you said pick one. Reading comprehension, how does it work?


  15. - danray - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:33 pm:

    Little Feat. 50th Anniversary Tour this year.


  16. - Was just thinking about this... - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:33 pm:

    Band: Crucial Conflict
    Song: Hay


  17. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:33 pm:

    LBC


  18. - Mr. B.A. - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:34 pm:

    Cheap Trick. Because… Illinois group now in the R & R HOF. I have no idea… have they played the State Fair?


  19. - Was just thinking about this... - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:34 pm:

    Band: Crucial Conflict
    Song: Hay

    local boys signing an ANTHEM for legalization!


  20. - Les Nessman - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:38 pm:

    Jimmy Buffet


  21. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:41 pm:

    John Fogerty


  22. - illini - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:45 pm:

    And if not Willie - lets try to keep it Illinois based. Chicago, REO, Allison Krauss, and maybe others.


  23. - Honeybear - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:46 pm:

    Die Antwoord- I would love to see people kind of freak out at a live experience of Zef.


  24. - Unpopular - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:55 pm:

    Sammy Johns:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sammy_Johns

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiEIToOWr64


  25. - Steve Zaris - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:56 pm:

    Robbie Fulks, Illinois’s own country music treasure (and also a Grammy nominee in the Americana [i.e., real country music] category)


  26. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:57 pm:

    The great hard rock guitarist Michael Schenker, formerly of UFO, who’s currently on tour. He and his mates be in the Midwest this spring, including a Chicago date.


  27. - nadia - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:58 pm:

    Joe Bonamassa, cause I’ve never been to an outdoor concert of his.


  28. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 4:01 pm:

    The Airborne Toxic Event.


  29. - Dead Head - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 4:04 pm:

    Neil Young


  30. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 4:11 pm:

    ELO


  31. - City Zen - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 4:15 pm:

    Sufjan Stevens playing the entire “Feel The Illinoise” album.


  32. - Res Melius - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 4:18 pm:

    George Thorogood


  33. - SAP - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 4:18 pm:

    Nathaniel Rateliff because he has made good music within the past decade and I think Springfield would appreciate his musical stylings if they gave it a chance.


  34. - DE - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 4:19 pm:

    Pink Floyd-or any derivative


  35. - Collinsville Kevin - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 4:20 pm:

    Streetlight Manifesto. I’m confident it will never happen.


  36. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 4:24 pm:

    I second that vote for ELO. But they’re actually playing in Chicago at the end of July.


  37. - Generation X - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 4:37 pm:

    Mudhoney


  38. - JS Mill - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 4:38 pm:

    Some good ones but I would go with Blackberry Smoke. They are a little bit of a throwback to southern rock with a modern twist.

    Give them a listen…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzoVLDdHwW4


  39. - Ginhouse Tommy - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 4:39 pm:

    Dave Matthews Band if he’s on tour. He’d pack the place.


  40. - very old soil - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 4:48 pm:

    John Prine–once an Oak Park mailman


  41. - twowaystreet - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 4:50 pm:

    === - The Captain - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 3:25 pm:
    Bob Marley, preferably after the bill signing but it probably wouldn’t matter either way. ===

    You do realize that Bob has played a show in 40ish years? Try Ziggy or Damian Marley?


  42. - twowaystreet - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 4:50 pm:

    hasn’t*


  43. - Behind the Scenes - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 4:53 pm:

    The Beach Boys. Lotta great memories. Still a great sound (and you can understand the words).


  44. - Cailleach - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 4:54 pm:

    Blues? Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Sheperd, Jonny Lang?


  45. - Chad Hays - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 5:09 pm:

    The Boat Drink Caucus, opening for Jimmy Buffett, opening for the Eagles.


  46. - Stuff Happens - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 5:10 pm:

    Rush. It’s totally selfish; I just want to hear them one last time.


  47. - Huh? - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 5:25 pm:

    Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen


  48. - golfman_r - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 5:26 pm:

    John Prine Why - because there are 2 kinds of people in the world. Those who love John Prine and those who have not heard John Prine


  49. - Honeybadger - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 5:40 pm:

    Wilson Phillips or Queen.


  50. - Honeybadger - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 5:41 pm:

    Frankie Valli because he puts on a good show


  51. - Retired Educator - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 5:46 pm:

    Willie Nelson, any of his long list of songs, is ok with me.


  52. - Blue Dog Dem - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 6:00 pm:

    Love that John Foggarty call out. Fortunate Son for this gov.


  53. - Kentucky Bluegrass x Featherbed Bent x Northern California Sinsemilla - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 6:37 pm:

    I’d go with David Byrne or a Talking Heads reunion, his recent tour was fantastic and he is still quite the performer.


  54. - HometownHeroes - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 9:00 pm:

    Rockie Fresh….and Sara Phillips


  55. - proudstatetrooper - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 9:10 pm:

    Grace Potter. Just because.


  56. - Generic Drone - Thursday, Mar 14, 19 @ 9:52 pm:

    Skynard


  57. - Gruntled University Employee - Friday, Mar 15, 19 @ 7:37 am:

    Since we can’t have Pork and the Havana Ducks hows about Robbie Fulks.


  58. - Lurking - Friday, Mar 15, 19 @ 8:09 am:

    Greta Van Fleet

    It would be nice to see someone under the age of 60.


  59. - Lurking - Friday, Mar 15, 19 @ 8:14 am:

    Besides GVF, I agree with this too

    The Airborne Toxic Event


  60. - golface18 - Friday, Mar 15, 19 @ 8:17 am:

    I second -Grandson of Man- Great guitarist.


  61. - Reality Check - Friday, Mar 15, 19 @ 1:25 pm:

    @Steve Zaris love Robbie Fulks but he’s not Illinois’s own, he was born in North Carolina and recently moved to LA…


  62. - Tater salad - Friday, Mar 15, 19 @ 1:46 pm:

    Tyler Childers and sturgil Simpson… they could walk out with just a guitar and sit on a stool and blow your feet out from underneath you… you’ll then be so mad at yourself for not discovering them sooner and you’ll never be able to listen to mainstream country radio ever again…


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