DNCE with special guest LunchMoney Lewis bring pop sound to Wash. State Fair 9/14

Tickets go on sale on Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m.

Puyallup, WA – May 16, 2016 – DNCE frontman Joe Jonas pulled the best of the best together to form DNCE. He assembled to join him guitarist JinJoo Lee, bassist/keyboardist Cole Whittle, and drummer Jack Lawless. They will be performing at the 35th Billboard Music Awards on May 22. Songs like Bills,” “Mama,” and “Love Me Back” merge LunchMoney Lewis’ real life with his love for soul and hip-hop music.  Music is in his genes, with his father in a legendary reggae band, and brother owning a successful recording studio.

Tickets for the Sept. 14 DNCE with special guest LunchMoney Lewis concert go on sale on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. The show is part of the Washington State Fair’s 2016 Columbia Bank Concert Series. Tickets are $55 – golden circle, $40, $28 and include Fair gate admission. Tickets will be available on the Fair website, . http://www.thefair.com/fun/details/dnce 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.


Formed in the summer of 2015, DNCE, which also features guitarist JinJoo Lee, bassist/keyboardist Cole Whittle, and drummer Jack Lawless, was born from Jonas’s long-brewing plan to launch an offbeat pop project inspired by the melodic R&B of Earth, Wind & Fire and Hall & Oates.

In assembling DNCE, Jonas first rounded up some old friends from the road. Born and bred in South Korea, Lee met Jonas while playing lead guitar for Jordin Sparks (the opening act for the Jonas Brothers’ 2009 world tour) and later joined him on a tour supporting his 2011 solo album Fastlife. Also a former touring guitarist for artists like Charli XCX and CeeLo Green, Lee taught herself to play at age 12 in order to join in her older siblings’ band, POS.

Another former tourmate of Jonas, Lawless grew up in New Jersey, played in bands in the Asbury Park area throughout high school, and dropped out of college his first semester to replace the drummer who’d quit in the middle of the Jonas Brothers’ fall 2006 tour. Lawless then became the band’s full-time drummer, and later toured with indie-pop acts like Night Terrors of 1927 and Soft Swells.

A founding member of Semi Precious Weapons, Whittle started playing piano at six and took up bass at 12. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, moving to Brooklyn, and playing in the Big Apple Circus band for several years, Whittle joined his freshman-year roommate Tranter in forming Semi Precious Weapons. Initially an underground party band known for their outrageous live show, Semi Precious Weapons had a twist of fate when their longtime fan Lady Gaga invited them out on her worldwide Monster Ball tour. Whittle and his band then spent two years straight on the road with Gaga, later toured with Ke$ha, and broke up in late 2014.

Almost as soon as they started playing together, DNCE had a palpable chemistry and easy camaraderie that they hope to carry over into their audience. Visit www.DNCE.com.

LunchMoney Lewis:

When Gamal Lewis was in the tenth grade, hip-hop producer Salaam Remi gave him the nickname that has stuck with him to this day. Then an aspiring rapper, Lewis worked under Remi for a few years.

Lunch is a mountain of a guy who radiates not so much a child-like vibe, but a genuine sincerity and positivity that is hard to resist. That uplifting spirit comes through both lyrically and sonically in the music Lunch has created with his primary collaborators.

Lunch writes with touching honesty about real-life things like paying his bills, his supportive mama, and the trials of loving a girl who doesn’t love him back.

The Miami native comes by his love for soul and hip-hop authentically. Lunch was raised in a musical family of Jamaican descent and grew up listening to reggae and Motown, as well as to James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Prince, and The O’Jays. His father Roger and his uncle Ian were founding members of the legendary reggae band Inner Circle, who scored a Top 10 hit with “Bad Boys” when it became the theme song to the TV show Cops. Lunch’s older brother Abebe runs Miami’s Circle House Studios, a popular recording hub for both local hip-hop artists like Pitbull, Trick Daddy, and Flo Rida as well destination studio for national acts.

The concert is part of the Washington State Fair’s 2016 Columbia Bank Concert Series. The Gavin DeGraw / Andy Grammer concert also goes on sale on Saturday, May 21. Tickets will also go on sale for other artists very soon. Visit www.thefair.com 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 listed on the next page:


(incl. Fair gate)

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Sept. 3 (Sa) Kid Rock with special guest Uncle Kracker
7:30 p.m. $120-Golden Circle, $105, $95
Pre-show Party: $38
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. 7 (W) Creedance Clearwater Revisited 
(Classic Rock)
7:30 p.m. $30 General 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. 14 DNCE with special guest LunchMoney Lewis
7:30 p.m. $55-Golden Circle, $40, $28
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. 20 (Tu) Gavin DeGraw / Andy Grammer
7:30 p.m. $65-Golden Circle, $55, $43
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. 24 (Sa) Flo Rida with special guest Natalie La Rose
(Hip Hop)
7:30 p.m. $68-Golden Circle, $52, $40
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 www.thefair.com.

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