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Tuesday, Jun 25, 2019

* SJ-R

The Illinois State Fair on Monday announced it has added a free concert to its Grandstand lineup. It’ll be another two weeks before we know for sure who is performing, however.

The concert will happen on Thursday, Aug. 8, after the Twilight Parade, a night when the Grandstand is normally dark.

Fair officials did not reveal the name of the performer(s) — other than to say it is a “big-name act that everyone will recognize” — and instead set up a contest for people to guess the artist in an effort to win backstage passes to meet the performer.

Hope it isn’t Confederate Railroad. Just sayin…

* The Question: Your guesses?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

72 Comments
  1. - FFS - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:14 pm:

    Announced the same week as the marijuana bill became law, so I’m gonna guess Willie Nelson


  2. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:14 pm:

    The Rolling Stones? Aren’t they using Chicago as the HQ for the tour? As we all know, Springfield is just a short drive south from here. Here are the directions:

    “Go south until you smell it, then west until you step in it.”


  3. - Not again - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:15 pm:

    This administration has a weird fetish about guessing bands.


  4. - Robert Montgomery - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:16 pm:

    Snoop


  5. - Donnie Elgin - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:16 pm:

    The Guess Who


  6. - NIU Grad - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:16 pm:

    Not again - Say what you want, but it gets attention…


  7. - A Jack - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:16 pm:

    Cheap Trick, since Rockford received its casino license.


  8. - Juvenal - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:18 pm:

    Buddy Guy.


  9. - OneMan - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:19 pm:

    Queen + Adam Lambert


  10. - MilliVanli's_VoiceCoach - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:19 pm:

    Sheila Simon and JB have formed a bluegrass group …with Allison Kraus as the lead singer


  11. - Iggy - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:22 pm:

    The marshall tucker band


  12. - Maniac - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:22 pm:

    Paul McCartney


  13. - illini - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:25 pm:

    Showing my age, but REO, Styx or Chicago would be reasonable choices.


  14. - A guy - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:26 pm:

    Gonna start slow and suggest first and foremost, this will be a Woman. From there I need to think about who.


  15. - Retired Educator - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:26 pm:

    Black Oak Arkansas, Would love to see them one more time.


  16. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:26 pm:

    ===or Chicago===

    But then Brad Halbrook wouldn’t be able to attend.


  17. - g - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:26 pm:

    Brett Eldredge (from Paris, IL) tearing it up on the country charts


  18. - Rutro - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:30 pm:

    While I would love Nickleback or some other disaster, my guess is Wilco.


  19. - SSL - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:31 pm:

    Frank Sinatra


  20. - A Jack - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:32 pm:

    REO will be playing in Illinois around that time. And they have played at the Sangamon County Fair in the past, so are used to playing in places with lousy acoustics.


  21. - Colin Robinson - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:34 pm:

    It says “meet the performer” so I’m guessing a solo artist.

    Mavis Staples.


  22. - Colin Robinson - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:36 pm:

    Yes, she will probably have a big band with her, but people will come to see her, not the band


  23. - Grand Avenue - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:38 pm:

    Banjoin’ Bruce Rauner


  24. - Lil Squeezy - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:41 pm:

    Rutro, Tweedy does have a solo gig in Evanston on Aug. 10th.

    The Guv needs to understand that a show is dependent on its audience. Announce them so their fans come. Fans create atmosphere. You can’t force it man.


  25. - Stuntman Bob's Brother - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:48 pm:

    Guess we can cross David Allen Coe off the list…


  26. - Groucho - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:49 pm:

    Captain Rat and the Rivots


  27. - DE - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:50 pm:

    Obvious answer-Rick Springfield


  28. - Evanston - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 2:59 pm:

    The Who


  29. - JT - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 3:04 pm:

    Weird Al


  30. - DuPage Bard - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 3:08 pm:

    Bob Seger


  31. - Six Degrees of Separation - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 3:09 pm:

    Rod R. Blagojevich as Elvis, on a weekend pass from Englewood CO.


  32. - Threat level midnight - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 3:09 pm:

    the think bigs


  33. - Peorgie Tirebiter - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 3:09 pm:

    Jussie Smolett & The Pretenders?


  34. - Out on Bail - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 3:13 pm:

    R Kelly.


  35. - Birds on the bat - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 3:14 pm:

    Jimmy Buffet


  36. - Leatherneck - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 3:15 pm:

    Paul Simon (the singer).

    With special banjo acoustics by Sheila Simon.


  37. - Big Twitch - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 3:17 pm:

    Union Station


  38. - Leatherneck - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 3:18 pm:

    Sam Madonia sings his favorite songs of all time.

    Including his special renditions of “Our State Fair” and his AM Springfield opening theme song, “26 Miles (Santa Catalina).”


  39. - Laughing - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 3:22 pm:

    @Out on Bail you had me crying laughing


  40. - tomhail - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 3:33 pm:

    Willie Nelson would be the most appropriate. He’s played that Grandstand so many times during the Thompson administration(s), he probably wants to come celebrate the weed thing.


  41. - Steve Rogers - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 3:36 pm:

    BTS


  42. - Rutro - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 3:39 pm:

    Ben harper? If you don’t like my smoke, then don’t come around, cause i’m gonna burn one down?


  43. - Blue Dog Dem - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 3:43 pm:

    John Fogarty


  44. - Streator Curmudgeon - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 4:11 pm:

    Whitesnake, featuring Squeezy.


  45. - Last Bull Moose - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 4:21 pm:

    Underground Railroad. For the northern sympathizers.


  46. - Anyone Remember - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 4:42 pm:

    Buffalo Springfield.


  47. - Just Sayin' - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 4:54 pm:

    Tenacious D


  48. - Nick Name - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 5:00 pm:

    Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Ringo is touring now and will be in Illinois in August.


  49. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 5:07 pm:

    I just FOIA’d the state fair folks and will let you know who it is in 5 working days.


  50. - Kentucky Bluegrass x Featherbed Bent x Northern California Sinsemilla - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 5:27 pm:

    Chance the rapper


  51. - mana - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 5:30 pm:

    Blake Shelton


  52. - Notsosure - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 5:31 pm:

    Groucho, wasn’t it Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets? I’d go.

    How about the B 52s instead?


  53. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 5:32 pm:

    I can’t remember the name of the band that played at Jesse’s birthday party.


  54. - Mama - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 5:32 pm:

    Chicago


  55. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 5:34 pm:

    Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters

    Narrator: they’re also a real band too, not just an Easter Egg

    https://illinoistimes.com/article-permalink-14252.html


  56. - Leatherneck - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 6:17 pm:

    - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 5:34 pm:

    Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters

    Narrator: they’re also a real band too, not just an Easter Egg

    https://illinoistimes.com/article-permalink-14252.html
    ————-

    I was just about ready to predict Captain Geech too.

    Sam’s been talking about them a lot in recent months on 1450. Plus they’ve been at most festivals in the Springfield area so far this summer.

    But I’ll predict Captain Geech with special guest Elvis Himselvis (the real Elvis Himselvis in Springfield, not the imprisoned ex-Gov who shall remain nameless).


  57. - Leatherneck - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 6:19 pm:

    Or in honor of today’s bill-signing:

    Stars on 45 reunion featuring medleys of hits by all performers known to have smoked marijuana.


  58. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 6:27 pm:

    ===But I’ll predict Captain Geech with special guest Elvis Himselvis (the real Elvis Himselvis in Springfield, not the imprisoned ex-Gov who shall remain nameless).===

    #GrandstandWorthy

    :)

    Be well


  59. - proudstatetrooper - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 6:40 pm:

    Alice Cooper “I wanna be Elected”


  60. - Glengarry - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 7:48 pm:

    Anthrax with the chainsaws.


  61. - TuesdayNight - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 9:02 pm:

    Grand Funk Railroad


  62. - justa - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 9:24 pm:

    The Beach Boys. Wouldn’t it be nice?


  63. - Just-in-Time - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 9:55 pm:

    Bruno Mars


  64. - Former State Worker - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 10:02 pm:

    Was looking forward to seeing Megadeth. Maybe they can bring in Slayer as a replacement.


  65. - Cal Stone - Tuesday, Jun 25, 19 @ 10:58 pm:

    Dave Matthews Band

    They could pull it off, too.


  66. - Winderweezle - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 5:56 am:

    Pat Travers


  67. - CheshireCat - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 8:22 am:

    Maroon 5 - since they played at the Inauguration


  68. - lost in the weeds - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 8:33 am:

    Cheech and Chong


  69. - lost in the weeds - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 8:34 am:

    Head East


  70. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 9:24 am:

    The Smothers Brothers

    – MrJM


  71. - Name Withheld - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 9:49 am:

    The Tiny Tim Reunion Tour?


  72. - Name Withheld - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 9:50 am:

    Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain?

    (you should hear their rendition of Shaft - it’s brilliant)


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