Flo Rida with special guest Natalie La Rose at the Wash. State Fair on Saturday, Sept. 24
Tickets go on sale on Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.
Puyallup, WA – May 9, 2016 – American hip hop artist Flo Rida has a long string of hits, including the 2008 “Low,” which was number one for 10 weeks in the United States and broke the record for digital download sales at the time of its release. He has sold over 80 million digital singles, and is known for songs, “Right Round,” “Club Can’t Handle Me,” and “Good Feeling.”
R&B contemporary vocalist from Amsterdam, Natalie La Rose came on the scene in 2015 with three award shows: Billboard Music, Radio Disney and BET. Fans know her for her single, “The Right Song.”
Tickets for the Sept. 24 Flo Rida with special guest Natalie La Rose 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 $68 – golden circle, $52, $40 and include Fair gate admission. Tickets will be available on the Fair website, http://www.thefair.com/fun/details/flo-rida 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.
Born Tramar Dillard on September 17, 1979, Flo Rida was raised by a single mother in Miami’s rough neighborhood of Carol City, Florida. Music helped Flo Rida stay on the straight path. His father was a talented musician who encouraged his son to express himself through music. Growing up, Flo Rida was exposed to all kinds of music, thanks in large part to his sisters, some of whom formed a local gospel group. When he was a teenager, Flo Rida found local success rapping with a group called the Groundhoggz. At 18 he became the hype man for Fresh Kid Ice from 2 Live Crew.
Eventually, Flo Rida caught the attention of DeVante Swing, formerly of famed R&B group Jodeci, and spent a few years in Los Angeles working with him. Unable to land a record deal, Flo Rida returned home to Miami and in late 2006 hooked up with Poe Boy Entertainment and its CEO, Elric “E-Class” Prince.
In December 20, 2006, Flo Rida inked a deal with Atlantic Records and in 2009 started his own management company, Strong Arm, with longtime friend and manager, Lee “Freezy” Prince. With the success of his management company, Flo Rida and Lee “Freezy” Prince launched their own record label, IMG, in June 2011. With his musical success, Flo Rida got back to his roots of giving back and started “Big Dreams For Kids” a nonprofit foundation that is committed to inspiring future leaders. Visit: www.officialflo.com.
Natalie La Rose:
Being bold is a big part of being an artist. You’ve got to be willing to act intrepidly at the right moments. Natalie La Rose knows just when to be bold. In 2011 while attending an ESPY Awards after party, she walked up to Flo Rida and told him they were going to work together. Struck by her charisma and confidence, the (intrigued) multi-platinum international superstar invited her to the studio the next day. Over the course of two years to follow, she performed alongside Flo across the globe at sold out shows. 2013 saw her officially ink a deal with his International Music Group (I.M.G.) label, formally solidifying their partnership.
However, that wasn’t the first time Natalie followed such an impulse. Born to Surinamese parents and raised in Amsterdam, she moved to LA alone at 20years old, pursuing her dream of becoming a singer and dancer. Inspired by everyone from Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson to Mariah Carey, she honed her vocal chops through years of diligent practice. That prowess led to a deal with Blackground Records/Interscope Records for her duo Amsterdam in 2010. It didn’t work out, but gave her an incredible launch pad for her songs.
That music flaunts her immense voice with flourishes of both eighties and nineties R&B. It’s an instantly irresistible style. “I’m very inspired by pop and rhythm,” she goes on. “There’s a soulfulness and great groove though. Since I’m a dancer, it’s important for my music to have a nice beat.”
Her debut single for I.M.G./Republic Records “Somebody” [featuring Jeremih] will undoubtedly get the dance floor moving. Over smooth production from Future Classic, the song updates the melody from Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” for a new millennium. Natalie’s voice takes the spotlight in between a sexy hook from Jeremih. www.NatalieLaRose.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 Kid Rock with Uncle Kracker concert is also going on sale on May 14. The concerts to date are listed on the next page:
|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
|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
|5:00 p.m.||Free with Fair gate admission|
|Sept. 7 (W)||Creedance Clearwater Revisited
|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
$40-Golden Saddle, $30
|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
$40-Golden Saddle, $30
|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
$100-Golden Circle, $80, $65
|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||7:30 p.m.||$68-Golden Circle, $52, $40|
|Sept. 25 (Su)||Train, with special guests MAGIC!
$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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