The Oklahoma State Fair of 2010 is roping in a variety of musical attractions ranging from country to hip-hop during the extravaganza's Sept. 16-26 run.
The Chesapeake Energy Stage concerts at State Fair Park are free with the purchase of outside gate admission to the fairgrounds, and the rodeo concerts are free with a paid rodeo admission ticket.
Eli Young Band kicks off the concert series Sept. 16. The band's third album, "Jet Black & Jealous," was released in 2008. The single "When It Rains" spent more than 30 weeks on the country charts and peaked at No. 34. The second chart single, "Always the Love Songs," followed in the same year, reaching a peak of No. 11.
Grand Funk Railroad takes to the Chesapeake Energy Stage on Sept. 17. The popular '70s band has sold more than 25 million records with such hits as "Mean Mistreater," "I'm Your Captain" and "We're an American Band."
On Sept. 18, Candy Coburn and the Marshall Tucker Band will perform on the Chesapeake Energy Stage. Coburn has recently signed with Nashville, Tenn., producer Joe Scaife, who has produced artists such as Montgomery Gentry and Gretchen Wilson.
Mitchel Musso will entertain the Chesapeake Energy Stage audience Sept.19. Musso is an actor and musician best known for his roles as Oliver Oken in the Disney Channel sitcom "Hannah Montana" and Jeremy Johnson in the Disney Channel animated series "Phineas and Ferb."
Christian rockers Tenth Avenue North perform on the Chesapeake stage Sept. 20. Their song "Love Is Here" reached No. 3 on the Contemporary Christian Music chart in 2008. It ended the year as the 12th most-played song on Christian radio.
An Elvis impersonator contest will supply the rock 'n' roll Sept. 21-22. This is a regional qualifier for the national Elvis Idol contest set for later this year in Florida.
On Sept. 23, the Colgate Showdown will search for undiscovered country music singers. As many as 50,000 acts compete in the Colgate Country Showdown, considered the largest country music talent competition in America. The annual event was started in 1982.
MC Hammer joins the Chesapeake stage performances Sept. 24. Hammer is a rapper, entertainer and dancer most popular during the late '80s. Remembered for a rapid rise to fame, he is also known for his hit records, including "U Can't Touch This." Hammer has won three Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, a People's Choice Award, an NAACP Image Award and was the first hip-hop artist to win the Billboard Diamond Award.
Matt Morris is an American singer-songwriter making his way to the Chesapeake stage Sept. 25. He is the son of country music star Gary Morris. Matt Morris made his show business debut on stage with his father and was in the cast of "The Mickey Mouse Club" from 1991 to 1995. His songs have been recorded by artists including Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson and Christina Aguilera.
The Centennial Rodeo Opry will perform Sept. 26 on the Chesapeake stage. The show will highlight local talent such as Stephanie Short, Dustin Jones, Howard Barnard, Eric Dysart and others.
Country music artist Josh Turner performs Sept. 24 on the Rodeo Stage in State Fair Arena. He signed to MCA Nashville Records in 2003 and has released four studio albums.
Jake Owen will wrap up the bull riding festivities Sept. 25 with a performance in State Fair Arena. Owen is a Grammy Award-nominated country music artist.
Chesapeake Energy Stage
XTREME Bulls Rodeo Stage