5 more free concerts announced for 2018 Indiana State Fair

Top: Anthony Hamilton (left), Natalie Stovall (middle); Dirty Deeds (top right) and Here Come the Mummies (bottom right); Warrant (bottom row, left) and Firehouse (bottom row, right) [Anthony Hamilton and Natalie Stovall photos via Getty; all others courtesy Indiana State Fair]

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Five more shows have joined the Indiana State Fair’s free concert lineup.

Organizers announced the dates for the third wave of free shows:

  • Natalie Stovall – Saturday, August 4
  • Anthony Hamilton – Monday, August 6
  • Warrant with FireHouse – Saturday, August 11
  • Dirty Deeds USA: Xtreme AC/DC Tribute – Tuesday, August 14
  • Here Come The Mummies – Friday, August 17

The concerts are free with paid admission to the 2018 Indiana State Fair. You can buy tickets online for $8 plus a convenience fee at the State Fair website. Tickets cost $13 at the gate.

Each ticket includes general admission to the Chevrolet Free Stage concert seating area. The Indiana State Fair runs from Aug. 3 through Aug. 19.

Here’s more about the newly announced artists from the Indiana State Fair:

NATALIE STOVALL

Natalie Stovall and her band, The Drive, are relentless road warriors. Performing over 200 dates each year across college campuses, clubs, festivals and military bases around the world. Natalie, a Tennessee native, is a powerhouse vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, who has been playing professionally since she was ten. A fiddle phenom, Natalie made her Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 12, and has performed everywhere from the White House to The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Natalie was named one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country’ and was recently awarded “Best Female Artist” and “Best Music Artist” by Campus Activities Magazine. Natalie has been touring with Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots as a featured performer, writing and recording for her next 2018 release.

ANTHONY HAMILTON

R&B singer and songwriter Anthony Hamilton has been creating music since 1996 with the release of his debut album, “XTC.” While Hamilton is known for his own hit songs like “Charlene,” “Woo” and “Comin’ From Where I’m From,” he’s collaborated on almost 50 different songs with artists like 2Pac, Kanye West, The Game, Talib Kwelli, Buddy Guy and Busta Rhymes. With his southern sensibility and poignant songwriting, Hamilton has won a 2006 BET Award, two 2004 Vibe Music Awards, and a 2009 Grammy Award for his duet with Al Green on the song “You’ve Got the Love I Need.” His first album in over five years, “What I’m Feelin’,” was recently released via RCA Records on March 25th.

WARRANT & FIREHOUSE

American rock band Warrant is widely recognized for its signature style of rock music that’s very catchy and yet very melodic. Warrant first entered the national spotlight in 1989 with their debut album “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich,” which produced radio and MTV chart topping songs “Down Boys,” “Sometimes She Cries,” and the massive hit “Heaven.” Warrant’s sophomore album, “Cherry Pie,” spawned the MTV & radio hits “Cherry Pie,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and “I Saw Red,” all of which reached the top 10 in the United States and went on to sell three million copies. Warrant has most recently been headlining festivals, casinos and fairs all over the country in support of their latest album release, “Louder Harder Faster.”

American glam metal band FireHouse reached stardom during the early 1990s with hit singles like “Don’t Treat Me Bad” and “All She Wrote,” as well as their signature ballads “I Live My Life for You,” “Love of a Lifetime,” and “When I Look Into Your Eyes.” Although it experienced diminishing success in the United States as the 90’s progressed, FireHouse remained very popular in Asia, primarily in countries like Japan, Thailand, and Singapore, and eventually went on to become the first major international rock band to play concert dates in northeast India. Still continuing to tour internationally, Firehouse has been estimated to have sold over 6 million albums worldwide since their debut.

DIRTY DEEDS

Assembled by former members of several popular AC/DC tribute bands, this all-star cast is bringing the ultimate AC/DC tribute show to new heights with the most accurate recreation of the AC/DC music and stage show. The Dirty Deeds concert experience is truly extreme, and it features two high-energy shows complete with exciting stage props and non-stop action! With the first show acting as a dedication to the Bon Scott era and the second show acting as a tribute to the Brian Johnson era, Dirty Deeds band members all take great pride in the portrayal of their respective AC/DC characters by studying the look, the moves, the instruments, and the sound of their famous counter parts.

HERE COME THE MUMMIES

Here Come the Mummies is an eight-piece funk-rock band of 5000 year-old Egyptian Mummies whose style is best called “Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave.” The group has been direct support for P-Funk, Al Green, Mavis Staples, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Cheap Trick. They’ve also performed at the Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis in addition to massive festivals like Summer Camp, Common Ground, Voodoo Fest, Musikfest, Suwannee Hulaween, and Riverbend. With songs like “Pants,” “Ugly,” “Revenge,” and “Dirty Minds,” Here Come the Mummies’ mysterious personas, cunning song-craft, and unrelenting live shows are guaranteed to bend your brain and melt your face.

Here’s the current free concert lineup so far (only the Aug. 18 concert remains unannounced):

  • Rick Springfield – Friday, August 3
  • Natalie Stovall – Saturday, August 4
  • Why Don’t We – Sunday, August 5
  • Anthony Hamilton – Monday, August 6
  • Tyler Childers – Tuesday, August 7
  • Randy Houser and special guest Nora Collins – Wednesday, August 8
  • Kool & The Gang – Thursday, August 9
  • Hanson – Friday, August 10
  • Warrant with FireHouse – Saturday, August 11
  • For King & Country – Sunday, August 12
  • Happy Together Tour – Monday, August 13 featuring: The Turtles, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association, Mark Lindsay (formerly of Paul Revere & The Raiders and The Cowsills
  • Dirty Deeds USA: Xtreme AC/DC Tribute – Tuesday, August 14
  • Grand Funk Railroad – Wednesday, August 15
  • An Evening with Hunter Hayes – Thursday, August 16
  • Here Come The Mummies – Friday, August 17
  • Kirk Franklin – Sunday, August 19