The Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo has music to please just about everyone. It'll be serving up everything from classic rock to country.
REO Speedwagon opens the main stage entertainment Aug. 21. The band was hot in the 1970s and '80s when their songs Keep On Loving You and Take It On the Run were hit singles off the band's Hi Infidelity album.
A lot has changed in the band since it was formed in 1967 by Neal Doughty. He's the only surviving member of REO, playing keyboards, organ, piano and synthesizer.
The rest of the band is made up of Kevin Cronin on lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano and keyboards. He joined REO in 1972. Bruce Hall on bass guitar and vocals joined the group in 1977. Dave Amato on lead guitar and Bryan Hitt on drums are the newest members, joining REO in 1989.
Hinder brings a younger vibe to the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo on Aug. 22. The rockers first came onto the music scene in 2005, releasing such hit singles as Lips of an Angel and Better Than Me.
Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy and Bradley Gaskin plan to bring a huge production show to the fair's main stage Aug. 23.
The duo of Big Kenny and John Rich is perhaps best known for their song Save a Horse (Ride A Cowboy). They also are the guys who created the Muzik Mafia idea, which is an informal collection of American country music artists who help up-and-coming artists get a crack at fame.
Foghat, which performs Aug. 24, is a British classic rock band best known for its song Slow Ride. Their music, which earned them eight gold records and one platinum in the late 1970s, has been described as blues, boogie rock and hard rock.
Jerrod Niemann plays Aug. 25 and is a country crooner best known for a string of hits including Lover, Lover, One More Drinkin' Song and What Do You Want.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. each night. The concerts come with admission to the fair, but reserved seats are available for an additional $15. Tickets are available at the gate.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org