Head on over to the Grays Harbor County Fair for some great music! This year Old Dominion headlines the Pepsi Stage. The RCA recording artist’s website says they have “emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music” and Entertainment Weekly said their first full-length album Meat and Candy is a “deceptively smart, occasionally cheeky, stellar debut.” And the press has called their music an “old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n’ roll grit” that features “radio-friendly hook-heavy pop nuggets.”
Their song “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” has spent 16 weeks on the Billboard charts and is currently at number 15 and climbing. “Break Up with Him,” the band’s platinum single, spent two-weeks at Billboard’s number 1 spot and their country/pop crossover (skater) hit “Snapback” was certified gold by the RIAA and was released prior to their third Billboard Top Ten single “Song for Another Time.” The band hits the Grays Harbor County Fair Pepsi stage hot off their spring tour with Miranda Lambert on her Highway Vagabond Tour, and they spent last summer on Kenny Chesney’s Spread the Love Tour.
Old Dominion will debut new tunes from their upcoming (August 25, 2017) album “Happy Endings,” at the concert sponsored by Big Foot 107.3 and North Beach RV. The band is recognized as the ACM and ACCA Breakthrough Duo/Group of the Year and have also been nominated for two CMA Awards: Best New Artist and Vocal Group of the Year and Favorite Duo or Group – Country for the 2016 American Music Awards.
Reserve seating tickets for the Wednesday, August 9, concert are now on sale at the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds for $40 each. Those who purchase these tickets receive free fair admission. For those brave enough to take a chance, there is limited, general admission bleacher seating that’s free with paid fair admission. See the fairgrounds website for details.
Plus, the locally acclaimed Olsen Bros. Band from Olympia, a fan favorite that continues to grow in popularity, will also appear on the grand Pepsi Stage. Puyallup’s nationally touring a cappella group The Coats and Portland’s award-winning Tom Petty tribute band, Petty Fever, also have concerts at the fair.
The Coats are the Pacific Northwest’s premiere a cappella band. They perform Thursday, August 10. In a career that spans almost two decades, the quartet has shared the stage with dozens of acts such as Gallagher, The Beach Boys, Jay Leno, Trisha Yearwood and Eddie Money. They’ll be performing classics and covers from country to Christmas. Their intensely arranged, yet hilarious interactive show combines both music and comedy. The concert is free with paid fair admission.
The Olson Bros. Band are known “for their energy on stage and sweet vocal harmonies.” The band, originating in Olympia, catapulted onto the country music scene in 2013. There had more than 50 shows on their 2016 summer schedule, and they were an opener for Craig Morgan. Their new single “Dangerous” has recently been enjoying a little time on the radio waves throughout Washington. The band’s lead singers and songwriters Luke and Isaac Olson won a Texaco Country Showdown songwriting award for their hit song “Sunrise.” They will perform on Friday, August 11, and the concert is free with fair admission.
Petty Fever, the a multi-award winning full production Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers tribute band, featuring the guitarist/vocalist and 2016 Hollywood FAME Award Winner, Frank Murray, is presented by Bayview Building Materials of Elma and the Vaughan Company, and will perform on Saturday, August 12. They won the 2017 Las Vegas FAME Award for Outstanding Tribute Band and the 2013 and 2014 Los Angeles Music Awards Tribute Band of The Year.
Promoters say, “Petty Fever delivers a stunning salute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, performing over four decades of classic Petty hits.” You’ll hear Petty classics like “American Girl,” “Free Falling,” “Breakdown,” “Running Down a Dream,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “You Wreck Me” and many more. The concert for fans of all ages is free with fair admission.
Other entertainment is also included with fair admission. A talent show, featuring local performers, takes place Friday, August 11. Steve the Pretty Good, an award-winning comedian/magician, performs daily. And then there’s the exotic animal rescue and educational exhibition A Walk on the Wild Side (sponsored by Great Northwest Federal Credit Union and Sierra Pacific) and Muriel’s Petting Zoo, also daily. There’s plenty of dirt track auto racing action at the Grays Harbor Raceway, too, on Saturday, August 12. Finally, if that weren’t enough, musicians from Harbor-area churches will be playing for an all-comers Christian Entertainment Service at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, August 13.
The Grays Harbor County Fair runs August 9-13 at the fairgrounds in Elma, Washington. Admission prices are as follows: adults are $10, seniors (63+) $7, youth (6-15) $7, kids (under 5) are free. Thursday is Kids Day with a $2 discount for youth admission and a military discount is offered throughout the entire Fair. Plus, Admission is free for one hour only (from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) on Sunday of the fair. Parking is $5 per day. Carnival wristbands for unlimited rides will be on sale at the Fairgrounds Office, plus three Anchor Banks in Grays Harbor County (Elma, Montesano and Aberdeen)—pre-sales are $22; day of fair price will be $27 each.