When the Maryland State Fair makes its annual two-week run in Timonium late this summer, in addition to all the livestock and other farm and garden entries, the horse racing, bull riding and fun and games for kids, a diverse selection of entertainers will be on hand for four concerts.
According to a fair news release, M&T Bank presents the all-new concert series, Live! ON TRACK at the Maryland State Fair, featuring shows by up and coming country music sensations Chase Bryant and Chris Lane on Aug. 24; rock band Smash Mouth on Aug. 25; B.B. King's Blues Band featuring Tito Jackson on Sept. 1; and country star Chris Janson on Sept. 2.
All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and gates open at 6:30 p.m. A limited number of premium tickets, priced at $20 each, go on sale Friday, May 11, at 10 a.m. at www.marylandstatefair.com.
Here's what you need to know about each of the acts, according to the release.
Friday, Aug. 24
CHASE BRYANT: Music defines Chase Bryant. The top-flight guitar player, head-turning songwriter, recording artist and producer is one of the most celebrated new artists in today's Country music landscape. His guitar wielding, vocally charged Top 10 debut single, "Take It On Back," spent 15 consecutive weeks on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown, seven weeks on the GAC Top 20 Country Countdown and was a Top 20 Most Watched Video on VEVO TV Nashville. Most recently, Bryant toured as support on Brad Paisley's Weekend Warrior World Tour and dropped his new single, the high-energy track, "Hell If I Know."
CHRIS LANE: Chris Lane, one of country music's most groundbreaking new stars, mixes earth-shattering high notes with banjo plucks and a danceable beat. He may have some "Girl Problems," as the title of his debut album suggests, but he has no problem creating a fresh sound that thrills country fans and excites the pop faithful. His first single, "Fix," topped the country radio charts and was certified gold in both the U.S. and Canada. From the smooth, R&B vibe of "Who's It Gonna Be," to the twang disco of "All The Time," and the mid-tempo "For Her," Lane brings fans on a ride from one exciting corner of the genre to the next, reinventing country with every octave.
Saturday, Aug. 25
SMASH MOUTH: The veteran rockers of Smash Mouth first hit the airwaves in 1997 with their major label debut, the double-platinum album, "Fush Yu Mang," and have gone on to leave a permanent mark on pop culture with their iconic sound and hits that became the musical heart of the "Shrek" soundtrack.
Following its release, "Fush Yu Mang's" hit single, "Walkin' on the Sun," became an immediate international sensation, quickly shooting to No. 1 on the Billboard charts. The band's fiery debut set the stage for the 1999 masterpiece, "Astro Lounge." The sophomore album, approaching quadruple-platinum status, boasts three top 10 songs: "All-Star," "Then The Morning Comes" and "Can't Get Enough Of You Baby." The smash hit, "I'm a Believer," is featured on the band's eponymous 2001 release.
Saturday, Sept. 1
B.B. KING'S BLUES BAND featuring TITO JACKSON: For more than half a century, B.B. King and B.B. King's Blues Band defined the blues to the world, averaging over 250 sold-out concerts per year, with classics like, "The Thrill Is Gone," "Every Day I Have The Blues," "How Blues Can You Get" and "Why I Sing The Blues."
Now, superstar Tito Jackson (along with his beastly Blues guitar) has teamed up with B.B. King's Blues Band to tour, keeping the musical legacy of B.B. King and The Jackson 5 alive. Combining over 100 years of musical talent, this is your chance to experience and celebrate these two legends performing together.
Sunday, Sept. 2
CHRIS JANSON: Country artist and prolific singer/songwriter Chris Janson began his professional music career more than a decade ago, but his recently released sophomore album Everybody has elevated him to the next level. Said to be "quite possibly the most important song to come out of Nashville in years," by CMT, Janson's current single "Drunk Girl" is already drawing praise from fans and critics alike. The hit follows Janson's chart-topping singles, "Fix A Drink," and his debut album's platinum-certified smash, "Buy Me A Boat."
Lauded for his high-energy, infectious performances, the electrifying multi-instrumentalist is currently hitting arenas across the nation this spring alongside label mate Cole Swindell on the Reasons To Drink Tour and will join Jake Owen for the Life's Whatcha Make It Tour this summer.
After receiving an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry from Keith Urban during his headlining show at the Ryman Auditorium, Janson is now the youngest living member of the hallowed organization. The breakout country star has brought his live show to national stages on "The Tonight Show," "Late Night with Seth Meyers," "TODAY," "Live with Kelly and Ryan" and more.
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For concert information and tickets, go to www.marylandstatefair.com.