Fans will wait “All Summer Long” to see Kid Rock with Uncle Kracker at the Wash. State Fair 9/3

Tickets go on sale on Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

Puyallup, WA – May 9, 2016 – Kid Rock is known as a top performer in the rock, pop, and country arenas, as well as generously donating to charitable causes over the years. Kid Rock has sold 35 million albums worldwide, is a five-time Grammy Award nominee, and has received countless awards for his music, including super-hit song, “All Summer Long,” which hit #1 in eight countries. Uncle Kracker’s debut album in 2000 not only went double platinum, but it included the #1 hit, “Follow Me,” followed by the powerful cover of Dobbie Gray’s “Drift Away,” which set a Billboard record for most weeks at #1 on any chart.

Tickets for the Sept. 3 Kid Rock with special guest Uncle Kracker concert go on sale on Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. The show is part of the Washington State Fair’s 2016 Columbia Bank Concert Series. Tickets are $120 – golden circle, $105, $95 and include Fair gate admission. Tickets will be available on the Fair website, http://www.thefair.com/fun/details/kid-rock 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.

Pre-Show Party:

To make it a very special evening, ticket holders to the concert can purchase a Kid Rock Pre-Show Party ticket for $38.00 each, held in the Fair VIP Tent, inside the Gold Gate. These tickets do not include tickets to the concert. The price includes a catered dinner by The Vault Catering, one complimentary beverage and a dessert bar. Enjoy a fun atmosphere with a party DJ and music, games and prizes, and a no-host bar. A commemorative VIP lanyard is included in the cost. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 5:30 p.m. All pre-show party ticketholders will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a front row seat upgrade for two! Must be present when announced at 6:15 p.m. to win. For more information, visit http://www.thefair.com/fun/details/kid-rock-pre-show-party

Kid Rock:

With a will and a mind of his own, Robert James “Kid Rock” Ritchie left his Romeo, Michigan home at the age of 15. He found small-town life stiflingly dull, and immersed himself in rap music, learning to break dance, and began making the talent show rounds in Detroit. A dozen years later, scraping by along the way, he reached superstardom.

Known for driving his vintage Coupe de Ville convertible in the Motor City, top down and wearing a signature burgundy derby, Kid Rock self-released countless records before being discovered. His inspiration was white performers fusing rap and hard guitar rock.

His music is a mix of Southern rock, blues, country-tinged ballads, and hip-hop. He doesn’t believe that music should be complicated. He got a promotional push from the label and MTV helped make Devil Without a Cause’s second single and video, “Bawitdaba” a national smash. The follow-up, “Cowboy,”achieved similar success. True to course, his album focuses on party music for people who lived through the ‘70s, or wished they had.

His ninth album, Rock N Roll Jesus was released on October 9, 2007, and was the first album to go No. 1 in his career, selling 172,000 copies in its first week. The third single on the album, “All Summer Long” became a smash hit, with the song and video winning CMT, People’s Choice and Detroit Music Awards.

In April 2010, Kid Rock hosted the CMT Awards in both 2010 and 2011. He released Born Free on November 16, 2010 and it debuted at No. 5, selling 189,000 copies in its first week. It was his first album without a parental advisory sticker on it. The album's title track was the theme song to the 2010 MLB playoffs on TBS as well as WWE's Tribute To The Troops Special. The album reached gold status on December 15, 2010. Born Free went platinum in July 2011.

Kid Rock released the album Rebel Soul on November 19, 2012, with "Let's Ride" as its lead single. The album debuted at No. 5 and sold nearly 150,000 copies.

Kid Rock is multi talented, having made guest appearances on WWE Raw, King of the Hill, South Park, CSI: NY, VH1 and MTV, as well as having his own clothing line, Made in Detroit, with proceeds awarded to aid music scholarships, and introduced his own beer, Bad Ass Beer in July 2009. For more information, visit www.kidrock.com.

Uncle Kracker:

No matter what he does or where he goes, Uncle Kracker adheres to a simple, yet rather timeless philosophy. “I really subscribe to this mindset of just having fun,” he affirms. “That’s what it’s always about. It’s the train that I’m forever on. The way I feel is if I’m enjoying it, it’s really worth doing.”   Now he’s having more fun than ever.

Last year Uncle Kracker joined Sugar Ray, Better Than Ezra and Eve 6 for the Under The Sun Tour 2015 hitting sheds across the country throughout the summer. Uncle Kracker is back on the road in 2016. His live show continues to get bigger and better with every tour. "It's very interactive," he says. "It's meant to be a party, and I want everybody involved. Each time we go on stage, I want people to leave smiling." That outlook has served him well over the years. After vaulting to stardom as a charismatic presence and chief collaborator in Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band, the Michigan singer, songwriter, and performer, also known as Matthew Shafer, kicked off a stunning solo career of his own.

His 2000 major label debut, Double Wide, fittingly went double-platinum and yielded #1 smash “Follow Me.” Its 2002 follow-up No Stranger To Shame reached gold status and spawned cross-format hits such as “In A Little While” and the powerful cover of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away”, which set a Billboard record for most weeks at #1 on any chart, topping their #1 run on the Adult Contemporary radio charts for a staggering 28 weeks. Country superstar Kenny Chesney tapped him for “When The Sun Goes Down”, which impressively spent five weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart. Throughout, he played sold-out shows across the country and appeared everywhere from the American Country Music Awards to Late Night With Conan O'Brien.

Then, 2012 saw him fully embrace his country side with his critically acclaimed fifth outing, Midnight Special. Uncle Kracker is still having a blast, and fans worldwide undoubtedly will too when they see him on the road. “When I’m up onstage, I don’t feel removed from the people coming to hear the music,” he leaves off. “You can feel it, when they identify with you. Sometimes when I’m up there, I wanna tell’em ‘I’m not any different than you are.”  Visit www.UncleKracker.com.

The concert is part of the Washington State Fair’s 2016 Columbia Bank Concert Series. 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 Flo Rida with special guest Natalie La Rose concert is also going on sale on May 14. The concerts to date are:

DATE PERFORMANCE TIME

PRICES
(incl. Fair gate)

Standard processing fees apply

Sept. 3 (Sa) Kid Rock with special guest Uncle Kracker
(Rock)
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
(Country)

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
(Country)

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

Chris Young with special guest Cassadee Pope
(Country)

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