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State Fair Grandstand offers musical variety

A wildly eclectic lineup of performers is booked to appear in the grandstand at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair, which runs Aug. 27 through Labor Day, Sept. 7.

Fireworks follow each show, weather permitting.

The lineup follows:

Aug. 27 -- "BonTaj Roulet:" Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal performing alone and together, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $36.50.

Aug. 28 -- Jason Aldean with special guest The Eli Young Band, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.

Aug. 29 -- Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd, 7 p.m. Tickets are $66, $56 and $41.

Aug. 30 -- Kelly Clarkson with special guest Eric Hutchinson, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35.

Aug. 31 -- "An Evening with Jackson Brown," 8 p.m. Tickets are $38.

Sept. 1 -- Randy Travis with special guest Joe Nichols, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32.

Sept. 2 -- O.A.R. and special guests Slightly Stoopid and Brett Dennen, 6 p.m. Tickets are $27.

Sept. 3 -- Christian group Casting Crowns with special guest Barlowgirl, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30.

Sept. 4 -- "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor, 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $28 and $23.

Sept. 5 -- REO Speedwagon and STYX with special guest 38 Special, 7 p.m. Tickets are $34.

Sept. 6 -- 2009 Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Contest Finals, 8 p.m. Free with fairgrounds admission.

Sept. 7 -- "An Evening with Jeff Dunham," 8 p.m. Tickets are $38.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com or any Midwest Ticketmaster Center. For State Fair Box Office or mail order information, call (651) 288-4427.

The entire lineup of Grandstand and free entertainment is available at www.mnstatefair.org.

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