The Benton County Fair & Rodeo announced its 2019 main stage line-up this year, a mix of local and national music acts that represent genres as diverse as country, pop, and even some rock tribute bands. The fair runs Wednesday, July 31 to Saturday, August 3.
Headliners this year include Taylor Dayne and The Gatlin Brothers: Benton County offered the full schedule in the announcement below.
The Benton County Fair & Rodeo proudly presents the 2019 Pioneer Telephone Main Stage entertainment:
Wednesday, July 31
- 7:00pm, Trevor Tagle
- 8:30pm, Jackson Michelson
Thursday, August 1
- 7:00 pm, Petty Fever: Tom Petty Tribute
- 8:30 pm, Queen Nation: A Tribute to the Music of Queen
Friday, August 2
- 7:00 pm, 5 Guys Named Moe
- 8:30 pm, Taylor Dayne
Saturday, August 3
- 7:00 pm, Briana Renea
- 8:30 pm, Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers
Local favorites Trevor Tagle and Jackson Michelson will kick off the Benton County Fair & Rodeo on Wednesday, July 31st, on the Main Stage. Country/Rock/Southern Rock artist Trevor Taglewill open for Jackson Michelson and set the stage for a night of great country music. He will perform an audience-pleasing mix of old country, top chart country, new releases, and originals.
Raised in Corvallis, Jackson Michelson started his country career on the West Coast, carving out a sound that blended the rootsy twang of the American South with the sunny, feel-good spirit of the Pacific Coast. Now, with a record deal under his belt, Michelson is prepping for the next phase of his career. But he’s still the boy from Corvallis, happy to sing – a life he’s built himself, show by show, song by song – to an audience that continues to grow. To Michelson those fans are everything. They are his muse, his support system and his champions.
Two outstanding tribute bands will rock the Main Stage on Thursday night – Petty Fever: Tom Petty Tribute and Queen Nation: A Tribute to the Music of Queen. Petty Fever is a multi-award winning full production tribute to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers featuring the captivating Guitarist/Vocalist and 2016 Hollywood FAME Award Winner, Frank Murray. They deliver an amazing and memorable salute to the musical legacy of Tom Petty, performing over four decades of classic Petty hits.
Queen Nation’s live production of Queen’s greatest hits preserves the image, sound and stage persona of Queen. Audiences are amazed at the accuracy of Queen Nation’s live retrospective journey through such Queen songs as We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions, and many more. The mission of the show is to carry on the musical torch and pay homage to the golden age of vintage Queen concerts.
Friday the Benton County Fair & Rodeo Main Stage is thrilled to feature American pop icon Taylor Dayne. With a career spanning three decades, Taylor’s groundbreaking debut single, Tell It To My Heart turned her into an overnight international star in 1987. She followed the smash hit with seventeen Top 20 singles. Taylor has sold over 75 million albums and singles worldwide, earned three GRAMMY nominations, an American Music Award, multiple New York Music Awards, received New York Music Hall of Fame honors and ranked as the Number 18 Female Dance artist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. She is one of the very few artists in musical history to successfully crossover into almost every musical genre and chart with hit singles in Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, and Rock.
Portland favorites 5 Guys Named Moe will open for Taylor Dayne on Friday night. This high-energy 12-piece horn-driven show band has been entertaining audiences for well over 30 years. The band is patterned after the larger, visually creative bands of the 1960’s which used horn sections and back-up vocalists. The resulting full sound – combined with a variety of dynamic lead vocalists and their unique visual energy – sets 5 Guys Named Moe apart from other bands. They are the “Ultimate Dance and Show Band!”
Saturday night will feature country legends Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers. This award-winning trio has been dazzling audiences for more than sixty years with a lifetime of noteworthy achievements in their storybook career, including a Grammy for Best Country Song (Broken Lady), three ACM awards for Single of the Year (All the Gold in California), Album of the Year (Straight Ahead) and Male Vocalist of the Year for Larry Gatlin. They have performed at famed venues, including the White House, the Presidential Reagan Library, Air Force One, Ford’s Theater, Camp David, President Bush’s 80th Birthday Party, The Lincoln Theater, Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, and so many more.
Briana Renea will open for The Gatlin Brothers. Briana grew up on a farm in Oregon, so comes by her country roots naturally. Off her new album, “Red Lips White Lies,” the single Widow Maker was selected for use in the NPRA finals commercial. You won’t miss red haired Briana’s high energy when she performs.
Concerts are free with paid admission to the fair. Seating in the outdoor venue is first come, first serve.
Visit www.bentoncountyfair.net for up-to-date information regarding the fair schedule, or call (541) 766-6521.
Tickets go on sale June 3. At press time, pricing was not posted on the fair’s site.