Carly Rae Jepsen

(Author’s Disclaimer: I’m usually the cheerleader at Insider Louisville, celebrating all that is wonderful and exciting about Derby City. But it’s Derby week, and I have a sinus infection and a double-ear infection. It’s lousy being sidelined during the most festive week in the city– and I’m cranky as all get out. I apologize for the level of snark in this article. I’ll do better next time. But seriously… Jeff Dunham?)

Amid all the Derby hoopla, you may have missed the Kentucky State Fair (the other best time of the year to be in Louisville) announcing its main stage concert line-ups for 2013.

In short, the main stage shows are: old school country, new school country, arguably racist/homophobic ventriloquist and Carly Rae Jepsen.

Alan Jackson has 2 Grammys, 16 CMA Awards and 17 ACM Awards. He’s a member of the Grand Ole Opry and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001. His middle name is “Eugene” and he called his parents Mama Ruth and Daddy Gene. That’s some serious country cred.

And you’ve got a love a man whose iconic song is called “Little Bitty.”

Jackson will be performing on August 15. Gary Allan will open. Tickets are $39 and $49.

Toby Keith is probably most famous for writing that “we’ll put a boot in your ass” Angry American song “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” and that peon to the iconic Red Solo Cup and for very publicly feuding with the Dixie Chicks.

Kind of the epitome of “new country.”

Keith will perform on August 17 with Kip Moore opening. Tickets are $45 and $59.

It’s like the line in the Blues Brothers movie. “We have both kinds of music here. Country AND Western.”

Somehow Jeff Dunham still has a career, so he’ll be at the fair too. I’m sure he’ll be bringing his star puppet, Achmed the Dead Terrorist.

Looks like we’ll be labeling this post “opinion,” folks.

Jeff Dunham will be there on August 25. He doesn’t have an opener because who needs an opener when you’re channeling many multiple personalities? Tickets are $40 and $48. And that’s just depressing.

Finally, Carly Rae Jepsen rounds out the main stage performances, which seems otherwise incredibly white, conservative, southern-male skewed this year. Carly Rae Jepsen is best known for last summer’s hit of the season, the ludicrously catchy “Call Me, Maybe.” The rest of her album is also supposed to be really upbeat and cute, too. Pop, disco-y fun.

Jepsen will be at the fair on August 16. The Wanted will open, and tickets are $45.

The free concerts, by the way, are also very male, very white, and very conservative:

  • Aug 15 Vertical Horizon and Blind Melon
  • Aug 16 En Vogue and Unlimited
  • Aug 17 Chevelle
  • Aug 18 Oak Ridge Boys and Jimmy Fortune
  • Aug 19 Casting Crowns
  • Aug 20 Clay Walker and Parmalee
  • Aug 21 Jerrod Niemann, Thomas Rhett, Kelsey K
  • Aug 22 Happy Together Tour (The Turtles, Chuck Negron, Gary Lewis, Gary Puckett and Mark Lindsay)
  • Aug 23 Montgomery Gentry
  • Aug 24 Theory of a Deadman and Black Stone Cherry

I had to Google a lot of these acts, and always got the same result: white guys.

En Vogue? That’s a double-whammy of diversity.

No joke, the Kentucky State Fair is one of my absolute favorite Louisville events. Duck slides, anyone?

But this is just cruddy and disappointing to me.

Our State Fair should more accurately represent our state (and why isn’t it called the Kentucky Commonwealth Fair, by the way?)


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