Country Acts, Rock Tributes Highlight Grange Fair Grandstand Headliners
CENTRE HALL — Over the course eight days, the Centre County Grange Fair once again will welcome performances by national touring acts on the Grandstand Stage. This year's lineup features country legends and up-and-coming stars, rock and pop tributes and popular worship acts.
Shows begin at 8 p.m. each night and are free with admission to the fair. Here's a look at the lineup of headliners from Aug. 16-24 at the fairgrounds in Centre Hall.
HOME FREE — FRIDAY, AUG. 16
Mixing their signature no-instrument, all-vocal music with their quick-witted humor, this a cappella country music sensation covers Nashville country standards and country-dipped pop hits. In a few short years, they have amassed more than 250 million YouTube views. The band has had four consecutive top-five debuts on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart.
BEN AND NOEL HAGGARD — SATURDAY, AUG. 17
Growing up as sons of a man who defined country music, Ben and Noel Haggard have developed impressive musical careers of their own, having taken the stage with Blake Shelton, Vince Gill and Willie Nelson. They come together on the Grange Fair stage to add their talents to Merle Haggard’s fan favorites including “Footlights,” “Sing Me Back Home” and “Workin’ Man Blues.”
LORRIE MORGAN — MONDAY, AUG. 19
Country music legend Lorrie Morgan is a modern woman making country music history. At the age of 24, she became the youngest person ever to become a lifetime member of the Grand Ole Opry. Morgan’s confidence and grace blazed a trail for other female performers who have walked in her path. Hits that helped Morgan make her mark are now considered timeless standards, including “Something in Red,” “What Part of No,” “Watch Me” and “Five Minutes.”
RILEY GREEN —TUESDAY, AUG. 20
Named one of Rolling Stone Country’s “Artists You Need to Know,” Riley Green was raised on the sounds of old traditional country, bluegrass and southern gospel music. His mixture of outlaw-rebellion and respect for tradition has built fierce support. His original music has already tallied over 51 million streams to date, including hits “There Was This Girl,” “Same Old Song” and “In a Truck Right Now.”
SIDEWALK PROPHETS — WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21
Integrating worship with real life, Sidewalk Prophets is more than just music – the band has a strong desire to make everyone feel loved and valued. With three major studio albums, five No. 1 hits and eight Top 5 songs under their belt, Sidewalk Prophets has solidified their place among the elite artists in Christian music.
JUKEBOX HEROES LIVE — THURSDAY, AUG. 22
The Mahoney Brothers began their career on the Broadway production of “Beatlemania,” and have starred on stage with Dick Clark and others. For 25 years they have performed internationally. The Jukebox Heroes Live show features show-stopping impersonations of many of the past 50 years’ legendary musical acts including The Beatles, Elvis, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and more.
TUSK, FLEETWOOD MAC TRIBUTE — FRIDAY, AUG. 23
Tusk, The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, is billed as the world's No. 1 tribute to Fleetwood Mac. Paying homage to a group that dominated the charts through the 1970s and 1980s and continued their success into the new millennium, Tusk's authentic sound is always respectful to the original artists. The tribute band leaves no stone unturned in replicating the sounds of one of the world’s best-loved, top-selling bands.
ANTHEM LIGHTS — SATURDAY, AUG. 24
This foursome’s vocal presence has propelled them to the top of the radio singles charts, earned them a No. 1 charting single on iTunes, and made them an internet sensation with over 147 million YouTube views. Their soaring harmonies on creative mash-ups, reinventions of pop hits and beloved hymns appeal to audiences of all ages.