The fair’s music lineup is slightly thinner than last year, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t worthwhile concerts happening.
Alabama and Lynyrd Skynyrd are sure to be big draws to the Pepsi Grandstand stage, and there are the requisite country, Christian and roaming musical acts. There were seven Grandstand acts last year and six this year. However, the number of free concerts has doubled from two to four.
The fair begins Wednesday and runs through Oct. 23. Here’s what you need to know about the performers:
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Type of music: Country
Claim to fame: “Song of the South”
Good to know: The band has been around since the 1970s, and yes, the members actually are from Alabama.
See them: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. $40
Type of music: Southern rock
Claim to fame: “Free Bird”
Good to know: A 1977 plane crash killed three band members, including Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines. Since then, the band has lost vital players in Billy Powell, Ean Evans, Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson and Hughie Thomasson
See them: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. $30
Type of music: Folk/soul/pop
Claim to fame: Sang and co-wrote the 2013 hit “Wake Me Up” with Avicii
Good to know: The rapper-turned singer replaces Rachel Platten, who canceled her fair show
See him: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. Free
Type of music: Country
Claim to fame: “Where It’s At”
Good to know: Lynch opened for Keith Urban’s recent “Light the Fuse” tour
See him: 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Free
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Type of music: Christian pop
Claim to fame: “Fix My Eyes”
Good to know: American Songwriter called the duo “Australia’s answer to Coldplay” (Note: They are now Nashville-based.) They also played in Columbia at Winter Jam in 2015
See them: 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Free
Type of music: Gospel
Claim to fame: Franklin’s album, “Whatcha Lookin’ 4,” won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
Good to know: Franklin released his 12th studio album last year
See him: 4 p.m. Oct. 23. Free
Other acts to watch for
Look for these groups on the fair’s smaller stages or around the grounds.
Branch and Dean: Country music duo
Matt’s Family Jam: A family band that plays multiple genres
rePercussion: A high-energy drumming group that mixes comedy and percussion
Circle City Sidewalk Stomper Clown Band: Clowns playing trumpets, trombones, saxophones, bass and snare drums
Discounts are available now through Tuesday for admission tickets and ride vouchers:
▪ Admission tickets: $7
▪ Ride vouchers: $25
Regular prices during the fair, Wednesday through Oct. 23:
▪ Admission tickets: $10
▪ Ride vouchers: $30 ($35 weekends)
Buy admission tickets, concert tickets and ride vouchers at www.SCStateFair.org.