Clay County Fair Announces Two Grandstand Acts for the 2024 Fair

Clay County Fair Announces Two Grandstand Acts for the 2024 Fair

 

Spencer, Iowa — The Clay County Fair announces two nights of Grandstand events as part of the SRG Concert Series for the 2024 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, September 7-15.

 

The Mavericks with special guest The Jorgensens

Monday, September 9, 7:30pm

The Mavericks, the eclectic rock and country group known for crisscrossing musical boundaries with abandon, has gone through three distinct phases since it was founded in Miami in 1989. An initial period of heady success marked by big hits and critical acclaim in the ‘90s. A long hiatus starting 2003 when the musicians each went their own way. And finally, a triumphant reunion in 2012 which held long enough for them to recently celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary.

Now, The Mavericks have ushered in the fourth phase of their evolution with the #1 Billboard debut of their first-ever, all Spanish album, En Español, released on the band’s own Mono Mundo label. Although all 12 tracks are in Spanish, as the title suggests, the collection represents a diversity of musical styles and cultural traditions, from tender boleros to brassy mariachi to reimagined Afro-Cuban classics. Seven of the tunes are familiar gems drawn from the vast Latin American songbook, while five are originals written or co-written by Malo.

Like the band’s entire body of music, this one album cannot be boxed into a single category. The songs are as diverse as Latin America itself, and as cohesive as the ideal of the American melting pot. To season this rich musical paella, The Mavericks add their signature country/rock/Tex-Mex flavors and a refreshing spontaneity to the mix. En Español flips the band’s usual fusion formula, which adds a striking assortment of genres – salsa, ska, norteño, mariachi, and much more – to its sturdy rock/country base. Now, the foundation is solidly Latin with streaks of irreverent rock and twangy guitars running through it, all branded with the unmistakable Mavericks style.

Opening for the Mavericks will be the Jorgensens.  Recognized by peers and critics as one of the Twin Cities’ best original bands. They incorporate blues, soul, jazz and rock into a unique style they have coined as American soul. They have played countless shows and outdoor festivals and have multiple awards under their belt from the Minnesota Music Awards.

Ticket prices are $36 (stage front seating), $36 (reserved Grandstand seating), and $26 (general admission bleachers)

 

Blues Travel with special guest TBA

Friday, September 13, 7:30pm

Blues Traveler has released 14 studio albums and counting, four of which have gone gold, three platinum, and one six-time platinum- selling more than 10 million combined units worldwide. Over an illustrious career Blues Traveler has played over 2,000 live shows in front of more than 30 million people, and, in “Run-Around,” had the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history, which earned them a Grammy® for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Blues Traveler’s latest effort, 2021’s Traveler’s Blues, is nominated for a Grammy in the category of “Best Traditional Blues Album,” bringing their 35-year journey full circle.

Ticket prices are $40 (stage front standing), $35 (reserved Grandstand seating), and $25 (general admission bleachers)

 

Tickets for both shows will go on sale Friday, March 1 at 10:00am. Tickets will be available online at www.midwestix.com, by phone at 515-244-2771, or in person at the Events Center Box Office. All tickets, regardless of purchase location, are also subject to a handling & processing fee which is not included in the advertised price.

 

About the Grandstand Bag checks are conducted at all Grandstand events. The following items will be prohibited: weapons/firearms, alcoholic beverages not provided by the Fair & Events Center, air horns/whistles or other noisemakers, helium-filled balloons, glitter/confetti, glass bottles, fireworks and illegal substances.

 

About the Clay County Fair & Events Center Rooted in Tradition, the Clay County Fair and Events Center is a year-round facility that annually hosts more than 300 events, including its signature event, the Clay County Fair powered by SMU.  Known as “The World’s Greatest County Fair” since 1917, the Clay County Fair attracts more than 300,000 guests each September for nine-days of world-class entertainment, competition, food, fun, and the largest farm machinery show at any fair in the United States. Additional information can be found at claycountyfair.com.

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