Our Iowa State Fair must-see performances

Our Iowa State Fair must-see performances

We assigned a legend to these entertaining acts you should catch while you’re at the Iowa State Fair.

Grandstand acts

Casting Crowns (8 p.m. Thursday): Christian rock band Casting Crowns has been a band since 1999. The Iowa State Fair has been held since 1854. Despite these facts, Casting Crowns has played the Iowa State Fair Grandstand over 250 times. OK, actually four times in the last six years. But that’s still a lot.  Jeremy Camp opens. $30.

Happy Together Tour (8 p.m. Friday) — Five bands, frozen in the past, are revived in the modern day for your entertainment! The lineup includes The Turtles, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, Chuck Negron, Mark Lindsay and Gary Lewis & The Playboys. $25.

Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller and Kevin Nealon (8 p.m. Saturday) – A three-headed monster of comedy composed of the late ’80s/early ’90s “Saturday Night Live” stars. $38.

Dierks Bentley (8 p.m. Sunday) A “Modern Day Drifter” arrives to entertain you with his singing and guitar-playing ability. $29

Victoria Justice (8 p.m. Tuesday) The woman of two voices. Children hear a siren-like songstress, while adults hear an unrecognizable sound causing them to say “What am I listening to?” $29.

Toby Keith (8 p.m. Aug. 15) A country singer with the ability to make horses sustain themselves on beer, he injects a little bit (or a lot) of America and/or Ford trucks into every song. ($49).

Train (8 p.m. Aug. 16) After a successful career in the late ’90s, Train was thought dead until the strange, soulful plucking of a ukulele revived them in 2009. ($39).

Carly Rae Jepsen (8 p.m. Aug. 17) Hailing from the exotic north where she was worshiped as a Canadian Idol, Jepsen has the ability to turn an innocuous pop song like “Call Me Maybe” into hundreds of millions of YouTube views. ($35).

Alan Jackson and Gary Allan (8 p.m. Aug. 18) Two men, one name. Jackson has the magical ability to make it 5 p.m. wherever and whenever he is while Allan can entertain fans with “Smoke Rings in the Dark.” ($39).

Free stages

Ben Taylor, Fairview Stage (8 p.m. Aug. 14) — The musical powers of James Taylor and Carly Simon condensed into a single being.

Sevendust, Fairview Stage (8 p.m. Aug. 18) — Southern metal rocks attempt to “Black Out the Sun” while extolling the musical power of waffles.

Blue Oyster Cult, Budweiser Stage (8 p.m. Thursday) — Robbed and hooded mollusk men from below the sea demonstrate control over kaiju monsters and their own fearlessness of death.

Hairball, Budweiser Stage (7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday) — A band with the ability to transform into Kiss, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC and nearly any other band whose popularity was established after 1970 and before 1989.

FireHouse, Budweiser Stage (8 p.m. Aug. 15-16) — FireHouse began as an experiment to transplant the hair of poodles onto human skulls, but evolved into a band with the hits “Don’t Treat Me Bad” and “Love of a Lifetime.”

L.A. Guns, Budweiser Stage (8 p.m. Aug. 17) — Cut off this band’s head and two more will take its place, like when Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns both formed their own versions L.A. Guns. We’re getting the Lewis version.

Foghat, Budweiser Stage (8 p.m. Aug. 18) — British rock ‘n’ roll outlaws who want to take you for a slow ride before just making love to you. Possibly in that order.

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