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Introducing the 2018 Kentucky State Fair Concert Series

Oak Ridge Boys continue their 40+ year tradition of performing at the Kentucky State Fair – photo by Jessica Bray.

The Kentucky State Fair announces the lineup of the all-new Texas Roadhouse Concert Series, which runs throughout the fair, Aug. 16-26. The series features a wide range of musical artists with a different concert every night, for a total of 26 bands. This year all concerts at the Kentucky State Fair are free with paid gate admission. Each concert will start at 8:00 p.m. Louisville-based Texas Roadhouse is a new sponsor to the Kentucky State Fair.

“We are proud to be the presenting sponsor for the Kentucky State Fair Concert Series. Music and the State Fair go together like fresh rolls and honey cinnamon butter,” said Kent Taylor founder and CEO of Texas Roadhouse.

The Texas Roadhouse Concert Series debuts at Bluegrass Village, a new entertainment venue at the fair. Adjacent to Kentucky Kingdom, the new setting adds local food vendors, two stages and highlights a variety of Kentucky’s distilled and crafted beverages and products.

“Moving the concerts from Freedom Hall and Cardinal Stadium to a new entertainment area provides fairgoers a value-added experience,” said Dr. Mark Lynn, chairman of the Kentucky State Fair Board. “And with Texas Roadhouse on board as a major entertainment sponsor enhances the experience for our 600,000 guests all eleven days of the fair.”

Kentucky natives, Walker Montgomery, Carly Pearce, and Dillon Carmichael will be special guests throughout the concert series.  The Oak Ridge Boys have been the longest performing act for over 40 consecutive years, only missing 1 fair.

The Texas Roadhouse Concert Series lineup is:
Thursday, August 16 Gary Allan with special guest Walker Montgomery
Friday, August 17 112 with special guest Midnight Star
Saturday, August 18 Great White with special guests Vixen and GoldylockS
Sunday, August 19 The Oak Ridge Boys with special guests Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers
Monday, August 20 Casting Crowns with special guests Bonray
Tuesday, August 21 Happy Together Tour
Wednesday, August 22 Chris Janson with special guest Carly Pearce
Thursday, August 23 Chevelle with special guest The Cunning
Friday, August 24 Josh Turner with special guest Dillon Carmichael
Saturday, August 25 The Commodores
Sunday, August 26 Mercy Me with special guest Stars Go Dim

The 2018 Kentucky State Fair is Aug. 16-26 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information, visit or find the Fair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or its blog.