Fans of classic and modern country and hard rock music will have plenty to cheer about when headliners take to the stage for Fairfest 2019 July 17-21 at Adams County Fairgrounds, 947 S. Baltimore Ave.
With new music on the radio and more in the works, Shenandoah will be putting the pedal to the metal when it kicks off festival main stage entertainment at 8:30 p.m. July 17. Featuring the voice of original lead singer Marty Raybon, the band will perform songs from its latest release, “Reloaded,” featuring the singles “Noise,” “That’s Where I Grew Up” and “Little Bit of Livin’.”
Founded in 1985, the Muscle Shoals, Alabama, band has sold more than 1 million records worldwide, with 13 No. 1 songs and 26 charted singles on Billboard charts.
Shenandoah is one of country music’s most enduring and decorated bands. Its accolades include a Grammy, ACM and CMA awards.
West Texas native Aaron Watson heads up the lineup the following night on July 18 with special guests Jason Pritchett and Kylie Morgan. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. on the grandstand stage. Watson will perform songs from his No. 1 album, “Red Bandana,” which has topped the U.S. indie charts since its release on June 21. His latest single, “Kiss That Girl Goodbye,” continues to climb the U.S. country airplay list.
Sawyer Brown will share top billing with singer/songwriter David Lee Murphy on July 19, with Murphy opening the set at 7:30 p.m. One of the top songwriting talents in Nashville today, Murphy will perform songs from his latest release,” No Zip Code,” which includes the duet “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” recorded with longtime friend Kenny Chesney. His songs have been recorded by such artists as Chesney, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen and Blake Shelton.
Sawyer Brown will have plenty of music to choose from when it takes center stage at Fairfest. The band has recorded 20 albums, including three which became certified gold records. A band with Nebraska connections, they wrote and recorded “The Nebraska Song” in honor of former Nebraska quarterback Brook Berringer, who died in a plane crash on April 18, 1996. Band member Mark Miller served as a pallbearer at Berringer’s funeral.
The volume will reach at least 11 when Hairball plugs in on July 20, with special guest Judd Hoos opening the show at 7:30 p.m. Described by band members as a musical circus, Hairball brings all the bells and whistles associated with arena rock into play as it pays tribute to some of the top iconic hair bands from the 1980s and 1990s, including Kiss, Queen, Cheap Trick, Twisted Sister and Guns ’n Roses. The band has added new tribute material and special effects to its set since its last performance at Fairfest in 2017.
Wreckless Promotions will rock the house with its demolition derby at 5 p.m. July 21. The show is always a popular draw at the fair.
Additional Fairfest 2019 information is available online at adamscountyfairgrounds.com.