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March 6, 2014


Jake Owens, Parmalee and the cadillac 3SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois State Fair has filled two open dates in its 2014 Grandstand entertainment line-up, announcing the booking today of country singer Jake Owen and classic rock band Boston.

Owen, the 2012 American Country Awards "Breakthrough Artist of the Year," already has nine Top 20 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart to his credit, including the number one smash hits "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" and "Alone with You."  He will perform Saturday, Aug. 16, with Parmalee and The Cadillac Three.  Ticket prices range from $15 for a Tier 3 Grandstand seat to $35 for a VIPit track ticket in front of the stage. 


Boston will headline a classic rock show Tuesday, Aug. 12.  The supergroup, which has sold more than 31 million albums, released a string of hits in the late 70s and early 80s that remains a staple of classic rock radio today, including "More Than A Feeling," "Peace of Mind," "Long Time," "Don't Look Back" and "Amanda." 

Joining Boston on the "triple bill" will be the Canadian rock group April Wine, which has released more than 20 albums and performed together for more than 40 years, and Sweet, a British glam band best known for songs such as "Ballroom Blitz" and "Little Willy."  Ticket prices for the concert range from $17 to $37.

Florida Georgia Line

The fair also announced country rapper Colt Ford will open the Florida Georgia Line concert Sunday, Aug. 10.  Ford's most recent studio album, "Declaration of Independence," reached number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and produced his biggest hit date, "Back," a duet with Jake Owen.  Tickets are priced from $30 to $55. 

Tickets will go on sale Saturday, April 12, at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.  The Grandstand box office on the fairgrounds will open for walk-up sales beginning Monday, June 9, at 8 a.m.  For more information, visit the Illinois State Fair website at or call (217) 782-1979. 

The 2014 Illinois State Fair will be held Aug. 7 – 17.

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