Four More Acts Broaden Alaska State Fair Concert Line-up
The concert series for the 2022 Alaska State Fair now includes singers Chayce Beckham and Lauren Daigle, ventriloquist Darci Lynne, and dancehall reggae giants Shaggy and Common Kings.
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These four shows join seven previously announced acts. Caamp, Chris Janson, Blue Öyster Cult, and TobyMac fill out the first weekend, August 19-22. The only act announced for the middle weekend was Rise Against on August 26. And the Brothers Osborne and Barenaked Ladies headline the last Saturday and Sunday of the fair, September 3 and 4. The additional concerts round out the series.
Thursday, August 25: Chayce Beckham. The country music newcomer took top honors on Season 19 of American Idol. Beckham, whose vocals Katy Perry described as “the heart of America,” became the first-ever show winner to claim the title with an original song–kickstarting his journey to fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a singer, songwriter, and entertainer. After its May 2021 release, his debut song, “23,” quickly earned the top spot on both the iTunes country and all genre charts. His introduction to country radio is “Can’t Do Without Me,” a duet with label-mate Lindsay Ell that is currently climbing the radio charts. Beckham also recently released his debut EP Doin’ it Right.
Monday, August 29: Darci Lynne. The singer and ventriloquist is the youngest contestant to ever win NBC’s America’s Got Talent, winning over fans with her sweetheart disposition. Darci Lynne’s polished skill as a ventriloquist at such a young age is jaw dropping, but it’s her singing voice that leaves audiences breathless. In addition to her own national tours, Darci Lynne has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, opened for Fergie at Caesar’s Palace, and starred in her own NBC Christmas special.
Friday, September 2: Shaggy and Common Kings. As the only diamond-selling dancehall artist in music history, Shaggy has sold more than 40 million album units to date, in addition to landing eight singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and seven albums on the Billboard 200, including four in the Top 40. The pioneering reggae/dancehall icon, multi-award-winning songwriter and hitmaker has also received two Grammy Awards and is among the top three streamed reggae artists of all time on Spotify. Joining Shaggy are Common Kings, the fun-loving, island-style band with hits such as “Wade in Your Water,” “24/7,” “Alcoholic,” “Fish in the Sea” and “No Other Love.”
Monday, September 5: Lauren Daigle. The winner of two Grammy awards, seven Billboard Music awards, and four American Music awards produced three chart-topping songs from her platinum-selling debut album How Can It Be: “First,” “O’Lord” and “Trust in You.” Daigle’s sophomore release, Look Up Child, featured her quadruple platinum smash “You Say,” the longest-running #1 song to appear on any weekly Billboard chart, as well as the platinum-selling single “Rescue,” and gold-certified singles “Still Rolling Stones” and “Look Up Child.” Daigle’s latest single, “Hold On To Me,” marks her fifth #1, extending her record of most #1 hits among women in the genre.
Tickets for the four additional acts go on sale May 13 online at alaskastatefair.org. Convenience fees apply. Concert-goers have the option to purchase concert-only tickets or tickets including Fair admission. The included admission is at a discounted price and good any day of the Fair. Concert tickets including Fair admission must be purchased by August 18.