Rock County 4-H Fair entertainment going ‘country’ this year
JANESVILLE—For entertainment this year, the Rock County 4-H Fair is taking it straight back to the country.
The Fair organizers have announced the main stage playbill will include two country music stalwarts one and one band of Nashville newcomers.
Fair Board Member Craig O’Leary confirmed that up-and-coming country rock act Florida Georgia Line will pop the cork on the 2013 Rock County 4-H Fair concert series.
The Nashville country act will leave the fair’s main stage heated up for a double-dose of classic country on Wednesday, July 24—Country Legend Ronnie Milsap and Country-pop hit-makers the Bellamy Brothers.
Milsap, one of who scored 40 number-one country hits, including “Smoky Mountain Rain,” “(There's) No Gettin' Over Me” and “I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World,” One of popular music’s best-known blind performers, Milsap has appeared at the Rock County 4-H Fair in the past.
O’Leary said it will be the Bellamy Brothers’ first time at the fair. Country-pop fans know the Bellamy Brothers best for their No. 1 crossover hit “Let your love flow. ”
The band, made up of brothers David Milton Bellamy and Homer Howard Bellamy, charted 50 times in the 1970s and 1980s, notching 20 No. 1 hits.
Georgia Florida Line brings a slick brand of contemporary Nashville Country Rock
The band has hit the country Top 5 with the breakthrough single “Cruise,” capping the spot in just 14 weeks. It’s the fastest a new country act has peaked with a single since country rockers Brooks & Dunn topped the charts with “Brand New Man” in 1991.
O’Leary said that two other major headlining acts are set for Friday and Saturday night, but he said that fair organizers can’t announce their names yet because of contractual reasons.
All he was able to say is that both are nationally-recognized country acts.
Tickets for the fair’s concert series go on sale in June, and concert times will be announced at a later date, O’Leary said.
O’Leary said organizers are planning a local band showcase Friday that will be open to area rock bands. And on Sunday July 28, fair entertainment will switch gears to classical with the Beloit/Janesville Orchestra performing.