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Demi Lovato, Sam Hunt Headline Illinois State Fair Music Lineup

Patch logo Patch 3/14/2022 Jeff Arnold
Grammy-nominated pop star and actor Demi Lovato is among the popular slate of musical performances scheduled to appear at the Illinois State Fairgrounds' grandstand stage in August. © Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Grammy-nominated pop star and actor Demi Lovato is among the popular slate of musical performances scheduled to appear at the Illinois State Fairgrounds' grandstand stage in August.

SPRINGFIELD, IL — When the Illinois State Fair returns this summer, it will offer plenty of big-name entertainment crossing over a variety of musical genres.

And fair officials recently announced that they’re starting big as Grammy-nominated pop star and actor Demi Lovato will help kick things off right.

Lovato, who has been a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community and whose hits include “Sorry Not Sorry” and “Skyscraper” both of which appear on their album “Dancing With The Devil”, will perform on Aug. 12, a day after the fair opens in Springfield.

The musical acts on the grandstand stage will run between Aug. 11-21. Tickets went on sale on Ticketmaster on Friday.

“We are excited to bring Demi Lovato to the Illinois State Fair not only for their artistic showcase but to help amplify the message that they bring to the table including mental health awareness, acceptance and inclusiveness,” Illinois State Fair Manager Rebecca Clark said in a statement.

Sam Hunt headlines the opening weekend and will perform on Aug. 12 and is among the biggest acts on the slate of shows. Hunt’s multiplatinum album “Southside” has spent time at the No. 1 spots on the Billboard charts.

The rest of the slate includes country stars Brooks & Dunn on Aug. 14, TLC and Shaggy on Aug. 17, Jon Pardi, Laney Wilson and Chapel Hart on Aug.18, Disturbed on Aug. 20, and Sammy Hagar and The Circle on Aug. 21.

Hagar and his band were scheduled to close out the 2021 State Fair but the show was canceled due to inclement weather. Hagar, who was inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, has previously performed with Van Halen and Montrose.”

“Our number one goal is to have something for everyone’s musical taste,” Clark said. “I think we are well on our way to accomplishing our goal.”

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