The Missouri State Fair announced the remaining four Grandstand concerts on Wednesday.
According to a news release, The Beach Boys, who are marking more than half a century of making music, will entertain audiences on the State Fair Grandstand stage on Wednesday, Aug. 18. With more than five decades of touring under their belts, The Beach Boys have performed more concerts than any major rock band in history. Since the band’s co-founder, lead singer and chief lyricist Mike Love penned the lyrics to The Beach Boys’ first hit, “Surfin,” dozens of the band’s songs have become chart-toppers including hits like “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Good Vibrations,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Kokomo,” and more.
The release states two Missouri natives will take the Grandstand stage on Thursday, Aug. 19. GRAMMY award-winning Rhonda Vincent and her band The Rage will be joined by opener Leroy Van Dyke. Vincent began her professional music career at the age of 5, singing with her family’s band until she struck out on her own. With the release of her debut album “Back Home Again,” The Wall Street Journal crowned her the New Queen of Bluegrass. Her lifelong dream came true when she was invited to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry last year.
Van Dyke, from rural Pettis County, is known around the world as an entertainer, recording artist, radio and television star, actor and auctioneer. He has performed for more than five decades and recorded more than 500 songs, including his popular “Auctioneer” and “Walk On By,” a record that stayed in the charts for 42 weeks.
Three artists will perform on Friday, Aug. 20 — Colter Wall with Tim Montana and Charley Crockett, according to the release. Wall’s recent album “Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs” is an ode to the themes and labors of western life. It includes the album’s title track along with his cover of “Cowpoke.” Country-rock singer-songwriter Montana’s song “This Beard Came Here to Party,” was the theme song of the Boston Red Sox as they fought to win a World Series championship and his song “Asphalt Throwdown” is being used by Fox Sports for its NASCAR telecasts. South Texas native Crockett recently released his eighth album, “Welcome to the Hard Times.”
The release’s last announcement was that Hank Williams Jr. will wrap up the 2021 State Fair Grandstand line up on Saturday, Aug. 21. His impressive resume has spawned 70 million albums sold worldwide, six platinum albums, 20 gold albums, 13 No. 1 albums and 10 No. 1 single, along with numerous accolades for entertainer of the year, a GRAMMY and being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. His songs include “Texas Women,” “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down),” “Born to Boogie,” “A Country Boy Can Survive,” among many others.
Opening the Aug. 21 show is emerging country artist Walker Montgomery. The 21-year-old is the son of John Michael Montgomery and nephew of Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery. Montgomery’s self-penned hit debut “Simple Town,” has more than 4 million Spotify streams and his other singles include the high-energy “Like My Daddy Done It” and passionate “Saving For a Rainy Night."
More information, including ticket pricing, can be found at mostatefair.com. Tickets will go on sale to the public starting June 29.
The 119th Missouri State Fair, themed “Our Missouri Celebration,” will be hosted Aug. 12-22 in Sedalia.