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2014 Concert Series


Purchase Fan Club Membership

Purchase gate admission tickets, motorsport tickets, draft horse tickets, concert ticket and Nebraska State Fair Fan Club tickets. For Fan Club Memberships, select the concert of your choice to purchase the Fan Club Membership that includes that concert. Concerts available for the Fan Club are Chris Young, Styx, B.J. Thomas, Michael W. Smith, and Karmin.

 

 

Nebraska State Fair Fan Club

On-sale Monday, July 14, 8:00 a.m.

In its third year, the Nebraska State Fair Fan Club continues to offer the opportunity to show your support for the Nebraska State Fair and to also receive exclusive benefits!

NEW this year! Members will have access to a pre-sale for all $6 concerts. Pre-sale will begin July 14 at 8:00 a.m. and run until 11:59 p.m. on July 27.

A Nebraska State Fair Fan Club membership is $30. Here's what is included:

1. One (1) adult single-day gate admission ticket.

2. One (1) concert ticket to the $6 concert of your choice.

3. *Access to $6 concert tickets 2 weeks prior to the public on-sale date, July 28.

4. A fan club lapel pin, membership card, and NSF bag.

*Fan Club Memberships are still available after the public on-sale date. At this time, members will receive exclusive premium seating in reserved Fan Club sections. Following the public on-sale date, Fan Club Memberships will be limited to the first 100 members. Click here, to see approximately where the Fan Club sections will be located.

 

Memberships are applicable for the following concerts:

Chris Young - Friday, August 22, 7:30 p.m.

Styx - Saturday, August 23, 7:30 p.m.

B.J. Thomas - Wednesday, August 27, 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Michael W. Smith - Thursday, August 28, 7:30 p.m.

Karmin - Saturday, August 30, 7:30 p.m.

Memberships are not applicable for the Brantley Gilbert or Terry Fator shows.

 

Redeeming Fan Club Memberships

Your printed ticket will be scanned three (3) times. Be sure to keep your ticket.

1. Use your printed ticket to enter the Nebraska State Fair grounds at any gate.

2. Use your printed ticket to redeem your Fan Club membership package at the Welcome Center on State Fair Boulevard.

3. Use your printed ticket to enter the Heartland Events Center for your concert.

 

2014 Concert Line-Up

                                                 

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Chris Young

Friday, August 22, 7:30 p.m.

Heartland Events Center

$6 Convenience Fee plus gate admission.

Tickets will be available on July 28 at the Heartland Events Center Box Office and Etix.com.

Chris Young has accomplished more by 28 than some artists do in a lifetime. Already a Grammy-nominated recording artist, he's also a dynamic live performer consistently in demand, an international ambassador for his genre, a talented songwriter with five Number Ones to his name - by the way, he wrote four of them - and a handsome charmer to boot.

Now, on the cusp of his fourth album, A.M., (out september 17 on RCA Nashville), the man known for his classic baritone and melt-your-heart ballads has suddenly revealed himself to be king of the good time, too, with lead single "Aw Naw" electrifying crowds and storming up the charts. Young's hits include, “Who I Am With You”, “Voices”, “You”, “Tomorrow”, and many others!

                                                                          

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STYX

Saturday, August 23, 7:30 p.m.

Heartland Events Center

$6 Convenience Fee plus gate admission.

Tickets will be available on July 28 at the Heartland Events Center Box Office and Etix.com.

STYX - Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips (along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo), have performed more live since ’99 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar Box Office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company (to name only a few), two more studio albums and no end in sight, STYX continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time.

Spawned from a suburban Chicago basement in the early ‘70s, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late '70s and early '80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads.

STYX broke into the mainstream music with their 1974 hit, “Lady” and that was just the beginning. That was followed by “Come Sail Away,” “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Fooling Yourself.”

 

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BJ Thomas

Wednesday, August 27, 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Heartland Events Center

$6 Convenience Fee plus gate admission.

Tickets will be available on July 28 at the Heartland Events Center Box Office and Etix.com.

With over 70 million records sold, BJ’s vocal versatility is as apparent today as it was when he recorded his first hit in 1967, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”.

Since the mid-1960s, BJ Thomas has become one of the most recognized and respected voices of the American musical landscape.   He has impacted many areas of popular music with 15 Top 40 pop hits, 10 Top 40 country hits, 5 Grammys, 2 Dove awards and 15 Gold and Platinum Records.  He is the only artist to successfully move to the top of three music genres not as a crossover and also have crossover success.

BJ Thomas' hits have included, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”, “Hooked On A Feeling”, “Another Done Somebody Wrong Song” and so many more. BJ Thomas has helped shape generations of music lovers from coast to coast.

 

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Michael W Smith

Thursday, August 28, 7:30 p.m.

Heartland Events Center

$6 Convenience Fee plus gate admission.

Tickets will be available on July 28 at the Heartland Events Center Box Office and Etix.com.

This multi GRAMMY Award winner has sold more than 15 million albums, has had 28 Number 1 hits, and 40 Dove Awards making him one of the nation’s favorite mainstream Christian artists. With such hits as “You Won’t Let Go”, “Breathe”, “Friends” and “Awesome God”, he has achieved worldwide acclaim as a writer, musician, singer and overall performer.”

More than any other mainstream Christian artist, Michael has certainly broadened his own genre’s listening ear. Between 1999’s compelling This Is Your Time record and 2001’s much needed Worship set (released on September 11), he made the instrumental effort, Freedom, which has sold more than 500,000 copies. It’s also the project many fans want more of and ask about most often: When are you going to make another one?

The answer is now. Glory, Smith’s twenty-third career album, feeds the enthusiasm its predecessor stirred and soundly exceeds expectations. A sweeping cinematic statement rich in melodies, emotional range, and musical twists, it was born at a piano in Tennessee then completed with a 71-piece symphony orchestra in England at AIR Studios, where soundtracks for Pirates of the Caribbean and The Chronicles of Narnia were also done.

 

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Terry Fator

Friday, August 29, 7:30 p.m.

Heartland Events Center

$20 plus gate and fees

Tickets go on sale June 30, at 8:00 a.m. at the Heartland Events Center Box Office and Etix.com.

Terry Fator became a household name in 2007 when he won Season 2 of “America’s Got Talent” with his unique brand of entertainment that combines singing, comedy, and unparalleled celebrity impressions. After 25 years of honing his skills at county fairs and venues across the country, the Dallas-bred entertainer’s big “AGT” win at age 42 catapulted him into the upper echelon of entertainers, landing him at No. 2 on Forbes’ list of the top-earning comics behind Jerry Seinfeld in 2013. The feat is due largely to his multi-million dollar deal with the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas where his award-winning show, “Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment,” has been running since 2009. With a cast of characters including Winston, the Impersonating Turtle, Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice, Maynard Tompkins, the Elvis Impersonator, Monty Carly, the lounge singer, and many others, Fator has been raking in awards, accolades, and industry admiration ever since. Upcoming projects for Fator include a DVD, a memoir, a novel, a series of children’s books, and a country music CD titled “It Starts Tonight.”

Karmin

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Saturday, August 30, 7:30 p.m.

Heartland Events Center

$6 Convenience Fee plus gate admission.

Tickets will be available on July 28 at the Heartland Events Center Box Office and Etix.com.

In April of 2011, Karmin’s Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan ignited the blogosphere when they posted a cover of Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” on YouTube. The clip instantly went viral, racking up millions of views after being Tweeted by such hip-hop heavy hitters as The Roots’ Questlove, producers Diplo and Jermaine Dupree, and rapper The Game, each of whom marveled at the astonishing spectacle of Amy spitting Brown’s, Lil Wayne’s, and Busta Rhymes’ raps at warp speed. Her verbal dexterity alone would be jaw-dropping coming from anyone, never mind a young girl from Nebraska styled like a ’40s film star in a black corset and ruby-red lipstick.

In short order, the Boston-based duo (who met as freshmen at the prestigious Berklee College of Music) were invited to perform with The Roots at Tufts University and appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and On Air With Ryan Seacrest, which led to their subsequent signing with Epic Records, now headed by veteran talent spotter L.A. Reid.

Karmin has had great success with songs such as “Brokenhearted”, “Hello”, “Acapella”, and “I Want It All”.

Both Amy and Nick were raised modestly in small towns, which probably accounts for their down-to-earth friendliness. Amy grew up in Seward, Nebraska (pop. 6,000). Nick, a chiropractor’s son is from Old Town, Maine (pop. 7,840).

 

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Brantley Gilbert

Sunday, August 31, 7:30 p.m.

Heartland Events Center

$30 plus gate and fees

Tickets go on sale June 30, at 8:00 a.m. at the Heartland Events Center Box Office and Etix.com.

 

Brantley Gilbert was born and raised in the small town of Jefferson, Georgia, just outside of Athens city limits. It is that upbringing and small town influence that Gilbert credits toward allowing him to cultivate his unique sound. Gilbert's taste in music always swayed toward a southern country rock feel, but his true-to-life testimony of heartache, trials, triumph, and success found a home in country music.

Gilbert’s hits include, “Bottoms Up”, “Kick It In The Sticks”, “Small Town Throwdown”, “17 Again”, and many more. Gilbert’s taste in music always swayed toward a southern country rock feel while telling his own life’s story through lyrics and song.

Gilbert’s released two albums, from which he garnered a total of 5 chart entries, of which three went to number one. As last year’s winner of the Academy of Country Music New Male Artist, Gilbert has grown in popularity throughout the country with his BG Nation fan club growing with each passing day. Gilbert has just released his third album entitled, “Just As I Am,” which marries both his party and gentle sides picking up where “Halfway to Heaven” left off. It’s a true reflection of Gilbert’s personal life, the highs—the lows, it’s all on the album.

 

 

Bus Tours attending the Fair please, contact Kelsey Brozek at kbrozek@statefair.org or 308.385.3924. Click here for a current listing of all daily bus tours coming to the State Fair.

 

 

 
 

Re-admission

A hand stamp is required for re-admission into the Heartland Events Center for a NSF hard ticket concert. If a hand stamp is not present, or if it appears to have been tampered with or transferred, the purchase of a concert ticket will be required.

A hand stamp and concert ticket is required for re-admission into the Heartland Events Center for a NSF free concert.

* Please note: There are no backstage passes available to the general public for any national concert. Any backstage passes that are issued by the artist's management are for sponsors.

 

*Outside food and beverages are not permitted in the Heartland Events Center