Indiana State Fair announces five more concerts

Last Updated on May 10, 2016 by cassnetwork

Free Stage Announce 3Indianapolis, IN – Today the third wave of  the 17 days of concerts was announced that will be part of the Free Stage lineup at the 2016 Indiana State Fair, which will take place August 5-21. Each night of the Fair features a concert that is free with paid State Fair admission.

The third round of shows announced today adds to a growing list that makes for the concert value of the summer!

  • The Fray – Thursday, August 11
  • Anthony Hamilton – Thursday, August 18
  • ABBA The Concert (A Tribute to ABBA) – Friday, August 19
  • Laura Marano – Saturday, August 20 (1pm & 3:30pm shows)
  • The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Saturday, August 20 (7:30pm show)

Additional Free Stage Shows will be announced soon.

State Fair tickets are available online now at a discounted rate of $8 plus transaction fees on the Indiana State Fair website. Tickets can also be purchased at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office during regular business hours at the discounted rate. Tickets purchased at the gate are $12.

Purchase of an Indiana State Fair ticket allows for general admission to the Free Stage concert seating area. No seats can be reserved unless otherwise specified. In response to customer demand and in an effort to improve the customer experience the Indiana State Fair will sell alcohol in a designated area at the Free Stage. For more information please visit our website.

THE FRAY: The Fray is an American rock band from Denver, Colorado who achieved mainstream success with the release of their debut album, How to Save a Life in 2005. They achieved national success with their first single, “Over My Head (Cable Car)”, which became a top ten hit in the United States. The release of their second single, “How to Save a Life”, brought the band worldwide fame. The song charted in the top three of the Billboard Hot 100 and was a top 5 single around the world.

The group’s second self-titled album, released in 2009, debuted at number-one on the Billboard charts and was certified gold in the United States, Australia and Canada. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2010. The Fray was ranked #84 on Billboard’s “Artists of the Decade” list. The Fray’s success both on the charts and on the road as a live band has continued behind the 2012 release Scars & Stories and Helios in 2014.

ANTHONY HAMILTON: An American, Grammy Award winning R&B singer-songwriter, and record producer who rose to fame with his platinum-selling second studio album Comin’ from Where I’m From (2003), which featured the title track single “Comin’ from Where I’m From” and the follow-up “Charlene.” Nominated for 16 Grammy awards, he is also known for the song “Freedom” from the soundtrack album of Django Unchained co-written and sung as a duo with indie soul singer Elayna Boynton.


ABBA the Concert, A Tribute to ABBA: “THE CONCERT – ABBA THE CONCERT a Tribute to ABBA”, featuring The Visitors, was formed in 1996 and quickly became known for its fantastic ABBA-sound and the stunning live “ABBA-esque” performance. The audience and press all agreed – “this is the closest to ABBA you’ll ever get.”
“THE CONCERT – ABBA THE CONCERT a Tribute to ABBA”, brings one of the GREATEST pop phenomenon in the history of music back to life.

LAURA MARANO: A versatile entertainer with a brand new single that is creating quite a buzz, it is called “Boombox”. Marano stars as the lead “Ally” in the international hit Disney Channel television series “Austin and Ally. This multi-talented star is well on her way to becoming Disney’s next breakout and role model for teens everywhere. At the 2015 Kids Choice Awards, Marano won Best Actress on TV for her role on “Austin & Ally” and the show won for Best TV Comedy. Recently, her role garnered her Teen Choice Nominations for Choice Summer TV Star Female and Choice TV Chemistry.

THE REVEREND PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND: The Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band has always been strong on authenticity, playing music that blends blues, ragtime, folk, country and other traditional styles with the sleek modern energy of do-it-yourself, homespun, punk fueled rock. And performing tunes plucked from their lives, their community or from the canonical songbook that fed the Rev. Peyton’s formative creative identity. It’s a mix that’s allowed the band to win fans from all corners of the Americana and rock worlds, and bring a new generation to blues and other forms of American roots music.

By the time the Rev. recorded Peyton On Patton in four hours with a single microphone, the band had received the “Best Band of the Warped Tour” award and performed at the famed Austin City Limits, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, WOMAD, Telluride, All Good, King Biscuit, Juke Joint and Riot festivals, among many other prestigious gigs. Between the Ditches, which debuted at number one on the iTunes blues chart and landed on Billboard’s pop albums chart in 2012, continued that momentum, bringing the Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band to an even larger, demographic-leaping audience thanks to the powerhouse songs “Devils Look Like Angels” and “Something For Nothing,” which were video and radio hits. And now So Delicious offers a feast of new music from the Rev. and his accomplices.

“When people hear So Delicious and see us play live, I think they understand that what we’re singing about is real to us,” the Rev. says. “We believe in the stories we’re telling and in the way we play. And when we’re on stage or off, there’s nothing fake about us. We are what we do, and I’m proud of that.”

About the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center
The Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center is a modern public event facility that annually hosts more than 300 meetings, shows, sports and agricultural events, including the Indiana State Fair. The year-round management of the Fairgrounds is overseen by the Indiana State Fair Commission which is a quasi-governmental agency that was established in 1992, with the mission to preserve and enhance the Indiana State Fairgrounds and the annual Indiana State Fair for the benefit of all citizens of Indiana. Additional information is available at

Additional 2016 Indiana State Fair Free Stage concerts announced so far include:

  • Neal McCoy, presented by HANK FM – Saturday, August 6
  • Aaron Tippin, presented by WFMS – Monday, August 8

w/ special guest Hunter Smith Band

  • Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr., presented by WFMS – Tuesday, August 9
  • Happy Together Tour – Wednesday, August 10

starring: The Turtles feat. Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Cowsills & Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders) and The Spencer Davis Group

  • 38 Special – Friday, August 12
  • The Bacon Brothers – Saturday, August 13
  • Blues Traveler – Monday, August 15
  • Maddie & Tae, presented by HANK FM – Tuesday, August 16
  • Lauren Alaina presented by HANK FM – Wednesday, August 17

w/ special guest Clare Dunn

Additional Free Stage Shows will be announced soon.



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