Sammy Hagar and Sam Hunt among top 6 headliners at 2022 Illinois State Fair – NBC Chicago


The Illinois State Fair on Tuesday released its list of the first six artists to headline its 2022 grandstand performance lineup.

Headliners, ranging from country, pop, reggae to rock, will perform in Springfield August 11-21.

Sam Hunt is set to headline the fair’s opening weekend on August 12. The multi-platinum artist’s latest album, Southside, landed No. 1 on the Billboard country album chart of 2020, with its song “Back Road” becoming a national sensation.

Country duo Brooks & Dunn will take the stage on August 14. With storied careers spanning three decades, the two are no strangers to the fair. Their performance this year will be their sixth on the Illinois Lottery grandstand stage.

The following weekend, August 17, TLC and Shaggy are set to bring 1990s nostalgia.

TLC is the four-time Grammy-winning girl group behind the hits “No Scrubs” and “Waterfall.” Shaggy is the two-time Grammy-winning reggae artist responsible for “It Wasn’t Me” and most recently “Banana,” a song that amassed over 50 million plays in TikTok videos.

Jon Pardi will headline an evening filled with country music. Pardi has four No. 1 singles, with “Head Over Boots” and “Heartache on the Dancefloor” from her second studio album topping the chart in 2016.

Artists Lainey Wilson and the Chapel Hart Trio will join Pardi to perform on August 18.

The last weekend of the fair will begin on August 20 with the rock band Disturbed. The Chicago-based band formed in 1994 and have since released some major hits, including “Down With the Sickness” and a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.”

Sammy Hagar & The Circle were scheduled to open the 2021 Illinois State Fair, but inclement weather caused the show to be canceled. In a full-loop moment, Hagar and The Circle will be the ones to close this year’s fair on August 21.

Hagar, inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, had a career with various bands, including Van Halen and Montrose, and found success as a soloist with his 1984 song “I Can’t Drive 55.”

Among The Circle are bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson.

“We are very pleased to bring so many talented performers to the Illinois Lottery Grandstand,” Illinois State Fair Director Rebecca Clark said in a statement. “Our number one goal is to have something for everyone’s musical tastes, and I feel like we’re well on our way to achieving that goal with several nights yet to be announced.”

Tickets will be released March 11 on Ticketmaster.


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