The theme of this year’s Kentucky State Fair Main Stage Concert Series appears to be if you can’t catch ’em while they’re hot, just wait 20 years. All three paid-concert shows, which were just announced, feature artists who were big in the ’80s and ’90s. And that’s not a bad thing, per se, it’s just a thing.
First up, on Aug. 17, is the “I Love the 90s Tour” with Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa, Color Me Badd, Coolio, Tone Loc and Young MC. Two similar tours came through town in 2016 and seemed to draw healthy crowds seeking to relive their youth through familiar hits like “Ice Ice Baby,” “Push It” and “Bust a Move,” so there’s no doubt this one will be well attended. Tickets start at $37.
Next up are country legends Alabama with newcomer Tucker Beathard on Aug. 18. The Southern band has had more than 30 No. 1 hits throughout their 48-year run. And Beathard’s two singles so far — “Momma and Jesus” and “Rock On” — have done pretty well on the charts. Tickets start at $32.
Finally, on Aug. 27, it’s the “Southern Uprising Tour” featuring old-school country favorites like Travis Tritt, the Charlie Daniels Band, Marshall Tucker Band and Lee Roy Parnell. You can bet there will be a sea of cowboy-clad Louisvillians flocking to hear classics like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “Here’s a Quarter.”
Tritt recently made headlines when he criticized Beyoncé’s performance with the Dixie Chicks on the CMA Awards. Tickets start at $32.
The Kentucky State Fair will be held Aug. 17-27. The free Turf Concert Series has not yet been released, but stay tuned.