Charlie Wilson with special guest Joe bring R&B to the Wash. State Fair on Sept. 16

Tickets go on sale on Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.

Puyallup, WA – April 25, 2016 – Nine-time Grammy nominee, hit-making singer and songwriter Charlie Wilson has brought R&B to new heights. His sixth solo album in January featured hit single, “Goodnight Kisses,” already a top ten single, bringing his grand total of 18 hits, which includes eight No. 1 songs. In 2013, BET honored Wilson with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Singer-songwriter and record producer Joe has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards. His hit single, “Stutter” went #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B/Hip-Hop Tracks Chart. R&B fans know Joe for songs “I Wanna Know” and “Don’t Wanna be a Player.”

Tickets for the Sept. 16 Charlie Wilson with special guest Joe concert go on sale on Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. The show is part of the Washington State Fair’s 2016 Columbia Bank Concert Series. Tickets are $65 – golden circle, $55, $45 and include Fair gate admission. Tickets will be available on the Fair website, : or by phone (888) 559-FAIR (3247) daily, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Washington State Fair’s Box Office at 9th Ave SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Online and phone purchases are subject to standard processing fees. Tickets purchased on site will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee.

Charlie Wilson:

Charlie Wilson, co-founder of iconic funk trio the Gap Band, has no intentions of slowing down from a hectic pace. He wrapped 2014 with two Grammy nominations—Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song—for his singing and songwriting contributions to Kanye West’s “Bound 2.” Arriving on the heels of that news: the announcement of Wilson’s eight-week “Forever Charlie” national arena tour, kicking off February 12.

Then just a few weeks before P Music Group/RCA’s Jan. 27 release of his sixth solo album, also titled Forever Charlie, Wilson locked in yet another hit with lead single, “Goodnight Kisses.” Already a top 10 single, the record rings up a grand total of 18 hits thus far on a tally that also includes eight No. 1s, among them “My Love Is All I Have,” “You Are,” “Without You” and “There Goes My Baby.”

So what’s the secret behind Wilson’s ongoing contemporary foothold? Start with emotion-packed, full-bodied tenor vocals and real-life lyrics that soar above the formulaic, auto-tuned clutter that dictates most of popular music. As Billboard related in its review of “Goodnight

Kisses”: “Over snap-and-swing doo-wop-inspired production, the Gap Band co-founder sings sweetly about his loved one’s smooches. At 61 years old, Wilson is still as convincing a romantic as ever.”

You can’t talk about Wilson’s staying power without referencing his explosive live show. Averaging 50-60 concerts a year, the indefatigable performer has become a must-see, can’t-top staple at the annual Essence Festival. He counts a total of eight performances there so far, six of which have been consecutive to date. And that’s not counting repeat headlining stints at other major urban festivals: Macy’s Music Festival, Hampton Jazz, San Diego Music Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival and the Arizona Jazz Festival. 

And who can forget the roof-raising lifetime achievement tribute to Wilson at the BET Awards in 2013. The star-studded performance, featuring Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg and Jamie Foxx, remains one of the annual awards show’s singular, top-rated moments.

The monumental respect that Wilson garners from peers and fans alike is a testament to the creative, performing and survival skills he honed during his initial career heyday with the Gap Band. Raised by a minister father and mother, the Tulsa, Oklahoma native was a founding member of the pivotal R&B/funk trio, which hit the charts running in the late ‘70s and ‘80s with a string of hits including “Outstanding, “You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” “Yearning For Your Love,” “Early in the Morning” and “All of My Love.” The group retired in 2010.

Wilson gives back just as hard offstage. Now in remission following a bout with prostate cancer, he became a spokesperson for the Prostate Cancer Foundation in 2008 to promote awareness and educate the male community about a disease that afflicts one in six American men and one in three African-American men. Most recently, Wilson participated in the “Stand Up 2 Cancer” telethon in 2014. Visit:

The concert is part of the Washington State Fair’s 2016 Columbia Bank Concert Series. Tickets will also go on sale for other artists in the coming months. Visit to see the updated lineup, or sign up online to receive announcements of pre-sale opportunities BEFORE concert tickets go on sale to the public. The concerts to date are:


(incl. Fair gate)

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Sept. 4 (Su) Tim McGraw
(Music Superstar)
7:30 p.m. $350 VIP package, $250 VIP package, $95, $85
Sept. 5 (M)

End of Summer Bash featuring A1A - The Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show
(Classic Rock)

5:00 p.m. Free with Fair gate admission
Sept. 9 (F) Rodeo Playoffs - Friday Matinee 1:00 p.m. $18 / $5*
Sept. 9 (F)

Rodeo Playoffs with Thompson Square concert - Friday Evening

6:30 p.m.

$40-Golden Saddle, $30
$35-Standing in Dirt Concert

Sept. 10 (Sa) Rodeo Playoffs - Saturday Matinee 1:00 p.m. $30 - Golden Saddle, $25
Sept. 10 (Sa)

Rodeo Playoffs with Chris Janson concert - Saturday Evening

6:30 p.m.

$40-Golden Saddle, $30
$35-Standing in Dirt Concert

Sept. 11 (Su) Rodeo - Puyallup Finals 1:00 p.m. $35-Golden Circle, $36, $26
Sept. 12 (M) for King & Country and Matt Maher
7:30 p.m. $46-Golden Circle, $36, $26
Sept. 16 (F) Charlie Wilson with special guest Joe
7:30 p.m. 65-Golden Circle, $55, $45
Sept. 17 (Sa) Alan Jackson's KEEPIN' IT COUNTRY Tour
7:30 p.m. $85-Golden Circle, $65, $50
Sept. 18 (Su) Fiestas Patrias featuring Voz de Mando Proyecto X and Mariachi Divas
5:00 p.m. Advance General Admission: Adults $20
Kids 12 years & under $10
Sept. 19 (M)

Chris Young with special guest Cassadee Pope

7:30 p.m. $60-Golden Circle, $50, $40
Sept. 22 (Th) Dierks Bentley
7:30 p.m.

$100-Golden Circle, $80, $65
Pre-Show Dinner-$38

Sept. 23 (F) Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy 7:30 p.m. $80-Golden Circle, $70, $55
Sept. 25 (Su) Train, with special guests MAGIC!
7:30 p.m.

$75-Golden Circle, $65, $50

* Friday 1 p.m. rodeo does not include Fair gate admission. Gates are open free from 10 a.m.-noon.

The Washington State Fair is one of the biggest fairs in the world, and the largest in the Pacific Northwest. It started in 1900 in Puyallup, and welcomes over one million guests to the single largest attended event in the state. Star-studded entertainment, the PRCA Rodeo, rides, exhibits, food, flowers and animals are mainstays of the 21-day event that kicks off the Friday of Labor Day weekend. For more info about the Sept. 2-25, 2016 Washington State Fair (closed Tuesdays), visit

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