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Grandstand Shows - 2015
 Jim Gaffigan - Sunday, September 6, 2015

Jim Gaffigan, one of the hottest comedians on the touring circuit and television today, will perform at The Great Allentown Fair on Sunday, September 6 at 8 p.m.

Gaffigan is currently starring in “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” a TV Land series inspired by his real life finding “a balance between fatherhood, stand-up comedy and an insatiable appetite”—the fodder for his comedy routines for years.

His infamous bits on “Comedy Central Presents” hysterically celebrate being lazy and eating goodies like Hot Pockets, cake and BACON!

The Great Allentown Fair is proud to present Jim Gaffigan on the Grandstand stage that has hosted such comedy legends as Johnny Carson, Jonathan Winters, Red Skelton and many more.

Tickets for Jim Gaffigan are $49 and $29.


 Def Leppard, Styx, Tesla - Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Def Leppard, the British rock band with over 100 million records sold worldwide and legendary live stage shows, is joining forces with fellow platinum-selling rock icons Styx and Tesla at the Fair on opening day, September 1.  

Def Leppard's career began in the late 1970s and exploded in the new wave of British heavy metal movement during the 1980s.  Hit singles such as "Photograph," "Rock of Ages," "Foolin’" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" ran up the radio charts.  Yet it’s Def Leppard’s dynamic stage shows and groundbreaking albums including "Pyromania" and "Hysteria" that have sustained the band’s popularity through the decades.

Styx also entered the rock world in the 1970s adding its distinctive pop styling to hard rock guitar driven music.  A Styx concert draws from four decades of hits including "The Grand Illusion," "Blue Collar Man," "Lady," "Miss America," "Man in the Wilderness," "Crystal Ball," "Come Sail Away" and "Renegade."

Hard rocking Tesla has chalked up 14 million in album sales.  Hit single "Love Song" off of the 1989 released and later certified double platinum album "The Great Radio Controversy" gave Tesla its own signature ‘80s power ballad. Follow-up album "Psychotic Supper" also went platinum.

Tickets for this tri-bill of powerhouse rockers are $83 and $57.


 Little Big Town - Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Little Big Town, the GRAMMY Award winning foursome that is the reigning CMA and ACM  "Vocal Group of the Year" is bringing its "Pain Killer" tour to The Great Allentown Fair at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2.  Country singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe is the special guest.  
Comprised of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook, Little Big Town came on the music scene in 1998 with hits such as "Boondocks," "Bring It On Home," "Good As Gone" and the GRAMMY nominated single "Little White Church."

The group opened for Sugarland at the Allentown Fair in 2011, a year before releasing "Tornado," its hugely successful fifth album that produced the 2X platinum No. 1 mega hit "Pontoon,"  the No. 1 title-track "Tornado," the GRAMMY-nominated "Your Side of the Bed," and a concert-crowds favorite, "Sober.""Pontoon" scored the group’s first-ever GRAMMY for Best Performance by a Country Duo or Group.  
"Pain Killer," the follow-up album released last October, already produced another No. 1 single, "Day Drinking." The second song off the album, "Girl Crush," is country music’s hottest songs this year topping Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for weeks.

Tickets for Little Big Town with special guest Ashley Monroe are $45 and $30.


 Carrie Underwood - Thursday, September 3, 2015


Carrie Underwood, the six-time Grammy award winning reigning queen of country music is performing at The Great Allentown Fair on Thursday, September 3.  Special guest Josh Dorr, a new singer-songwriter grabbing country radio programmer’s attention and turning heads in Nashville, will open the show at 7 p.m.

Underwood’s celebrity keeps growing as she adds television acting and hosting to her established acclaim as a singer, songwriter, touring artist and multi music-industry award winner.  
Recognized for her 2005 release "Some Hearts" as the fastest-selling country debut album in Nielsen SoundScan history and as Billboard’s "Top Country Album" of the last decade, she followed with strong sales, hit singles and more awards for subsequent albums "Carnival Ride" released in 2007, 2009’s "Play On" and 2012’s "Blown Away."  
Without abandoning her country roots, she quickly gained cross-over appeal with her early singles "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and "Before He Cheats," both Grammy winners for best female country vocal. Hit singles from follow-up albums that also earned her Grammys include "Last Name," "Oh Love" with Brad Paisley, "I Told You So" featuring Randy Travis, and "Blown Away."  Her current single, "Something in the Water," just earned a Billboard Music Award.
Among other accolades, she has won five Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, eleven Academy of Country Music Awards, seventeen Billboard Music Awards and eight American Music Awards.

Tickets for Carrie Underwood with special guest Josh Dorr are $87 and $67.

 Eric Church - Friday, September 4, 2015
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Country singer-songwriter Eric Church has sold a lot of records, won a lot of awards and been posting a lot of high attendance numbers on his current "The Outsiders World Tour." But on September 4, he is doing something for the first time—he will perform at The Great Allentown Fair on the Friday night kicking off the Labor Day holiday weekend.  Alt country group The Lone Bellow will open the show at 7 p.m.

Hailing from North Carolina, Eric Church has carved out his own niche as a country artist that blends an evolving eclectic music mix of country, rock and southern rock influences with story-telling lyrics filled with emotion and attitude.   His early hit singles include "How ‘Bout You," "Two Pink Ladies," "Guys Like Me," "Love Your Love the Most" and "Hell on the Heart."  

But it’s Church’s dynamic live performances that bolstered his ascent and pushed "Chief," his 2011 platinum-selling third album, to debut at No. 1 on both Billboard’s Top 200 Albums and Top Country Albums charts.  "Chief" spawned two No. 1 singles "Springsteen" and "Drink in My Hand" and other hits "Creepin’," "Homeboy" and "Like Jesus Does."  It took Album of the Year honors at both the 2012 Country Music Association (CMA) and 2013 ACM award ceremonies.

Church’s tour in support of his current album "The Outsiders" has ranked him number nine in selling tickets worldwide during the first quarter of 2015.

Tickets for Eric Church with special guest The Lone Bellow are $75 and $55.


 Deadmau5 - Saturday, September 5, 2015


An artist and genre never before at the fair will light up its Grandstand Saturday night September 5.

Deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse")—a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman—will perform his headlining set in an all-ages show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 24 at 12 p.m.

"Firsts" are pretty typical for the Canadian progressive electronic music producer and performer. In 2012, he fired up the Grammy Awards telecast celebrating electronic music for the first time and was the first artist of the genre to grace a cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

He is consistently on the top rung of headliners at EDM festivals, and is often featured at the world’s top rock music festivals including this past June at Bonnaroo. This will be his first time performing at a fair, adding another distinction to his repertoire of "firsts."

The evolution of deadmau5 from experimenting with sounds and visuals on his mother’s computer in the ‘90s to a trailblazing electronic artist today still relies on experimentation. He finds new ways to transport listeners and especially a live audience into a sound and imagery explosion of musical variations, and his on stage performances are marked by this quest.

Last year he released the Grammy nominated album, "(1 < 2) ," which garnered critical acclaim as was lauded on previous releases, "4 X 4 = 12," "For Lack of a Better Name" and "Random Album Title." Singles with international chart rankings include "Soft Needs a Ladder," "Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff" and "I Remember." He has received multiple JUNO Awards and three GRAMMY nominations.

The electronic mouse helmet deadmau5 often dons while performing is a distinct feature to his stage shows and renown. Its motif instantly identifies the artist and his music.

Tickets for deadmau5 are $59 for both general admission festival standing on the floor (track) and reserved seats in the Grandstand.





 J & J Demolition Derby - Labor Day Monday, September 7, 2015

It's a Labor Day TRADITION, and a real bang up ending to the SUMMER. The J & J Demolition Derby brings its crash'em, smash'em action to the Fair's Grandstand on Labor Day Monday, September 7. The starting gun fires at 5 p.m.

This year the Fair will crown its first Beast of the East Champion after all the heats leave one car standing.

Derby tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for ages 12 and under.


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