Every year, the Evergreen State Fair has five nights of concerts with acts that don't disappoint and the 2018 lineup is as exciting as ever: beginning with The Roots & Boots Tour featuring country stars Sammy Kershaw, Collin Raye and Aaron Tippin; classic rock group Spike and the Impalers; country artists Randy Houser with special guest Michael Ray; and rockers Skillet, as well as an exciting American Idol: Live 2018.
The Evergreen State Fair has always made agriculture and education an integral part of Snohomish County's 12-day Fair. Other features have been added over the years to engage a wider audience including racing events, entertainers, food, and of course, music.
Evergreen State Fairgoers will be excited to know that Grandstand Festival Seating for all shows (excluding Speedway Events) is buy one, get one free and includes fair gate admission (a $14 value). That's two concert tickets and two fair gate admissions for the price of one concert ticket. "We want more people to have the opportunity to attend these amazing acts during the Fair," says Fair Manager, Hal Gausman.
Another addition to both the Concert Series and Speedway Events during the Fair will be access to a beer and wine garden operated by the Evergreen Speedway. "We get requests every year about beer and wine during Grandstand Events. After much research, we felt like this was a good year to try a pilot program. The Evergreen Speedway has managed a beer garden for its events year round, except during the 12-day Fair, and the Speedway has a long history of ensuring a safe and secure space," explains Gausman.
For those who purchase VIP seats during the Aug. 27-31 Concert Series, they will automatically be entered to win two artist meet 'n greets. They will also be allowed to return to their seats with their beer/wine, but all guests in the Grandstands will need to remain in the beer garden area for consumption. "While we are happy to offer more amenities for our guests, our top priority is to maintain high standards for safety by working very closely with our partners in law enforcement and the Evergreen Speedway," says Gausman.
Country hit-makers Sammy Kershaw, Collin Raye, and Aaron Tippin will join forces to present an evening filled with stories and hit songs for the Roots and Boots Tour on Monday, Aug. 27, at 7:30 p.m. Between them they've amassed almost 70 combined Top 40 hit singles. Some of their most well know songs are "Queen of My Doublewide Trailer" and "3rd Rate Romance", by Sammy Kershaw; "That's My Story" and "I Can Still Feel You" by Collin Raye; and Aaron Tippin is known for hits like "Ain't Nothing Wrong with the Radio" and "Kiss This." Tickets are $30-$55.
American Idol: Live 2018 will be Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m., and will feature this season's top seven finalists and Kris Allen.
Northwest classic-rock favorite Spike and The Impalers, will perform on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Spike and the Impalers formed years ago by radio host Bob Rivers and his co-host Spike O'Neill. This classic-rock tribute band continues to make friends and fans as they tour the Northwest. The band features O'Neill on lead vocals, power vocals of Susan Kendall, the rock solid rhythm section of drummer Jeff Kathan and bassist Lynn Sorensen of The Paul Rodgers Band. Spike and the Impalers has built its reputation by giving the people what they want- straight ahead classic rock. Steve Hanna brings his incredible guitar and keyboard talents to the stage, along with the guitar wizardry of Manuel Morais. The band's live sound is completed by the saxophone of Scott "Junior" Adams, formerly of the Ann Wilson Band. Tickets are $16-$28.
Thursday, Aug. 30, will be a night of hot country music featuring Randy Houser with special guest Michael Ray. Randy Houser is described by the New York Times as "wholly different, thicker and more throbbing, a caldron bubbling over." Houser has racked up five consecutive country radio hits and over five million singles sales. He topped the charts with "How Country Feels," "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," "Goodnight Kiss," (also his first No. 1 as a songwriter), "We Went," and earned critical acclaim for his powerful delivery of the Top 5 smash and CMA Song of the Year-nominated "Like A Cowboy." Houser has spent the majority of 2017 in the studio consumed by his much anticipated new project due out this year. Michael Ray is undeniably making his mark on Country Music. His top 25 and climbing single, "Get To You," is his first new music from his upcoming album set for release this year. "Get To You" follows his two No. 1 singles "Think A Little Less" and "Kiss You In The Morning" off his debut self-titled album, with each single selling over a million copies. Ray was honored as one of 2018's "New Faces of Country Music." Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40-$65.
The final act of the 2018 Concert Series is American Christian rock band Skillet on Friday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. The band currently consists of husband John (lead vocals, bass) and wife Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals) along with Jen Ledger (drums, vocals) and Seth Morrison (lead guitar). The band has released ten albums, two receiving Grammy nominations: Collide and Comatose. Two of their albums, Comatose and Awake, are certified Platinum and Double Platinum respectively by the RIAA while Rise, is certified Gold as of Nov. 10, 2017. Tickets are $40-$60 .
Tickets can be purchased online at Etix.com; on the phone 800-514-3849; or in person at the Evergreen State Fairground's Administration Office.
The 2018 Evergreen State Fair runs Aug. 23 through Sept. 3. The 2018 theme is "Summer Days & Country Ways." For more information visit EvergreenFair.org.