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Eli Young Band to perform at 2013 State Fair: Casey Donahew Band will open for Grammy nominated band

Posted: Friday, Feb 15th, 2013

The two-time Grammy nominee Eli Young Band, whose No. 1 single “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” won a Country Music Award, and was featured recently on the the ABC television show “The Bachelor,” is the first act to be announced for the 2013 South Dakota State Fair grandstand linuep. PHOTO COURTESY www.eliyoungband.com

HURON — The South Dakota State Fair and Legend Seeds announce performances by the Eli Young Band and the Casey Donahew Band on Saturday, Aug. 31.

“The combination of these two bands on the Grandstand is going to be a great show,” said State Fair Manager, Jerome Hertel. “These guys know how to entertain an audience, and the State Fair is excited to welcome them to the stage.”

The Eli Young Band started making good old American country music when the four musicians met in college. The band has been influenced by a wide range of genres giving them an edgy country sound with a hint of rock. These musicians have been climbing country charts since the release of their self-titled debut album in 2002.

They have opened for Pat Green, Robert Earl Keen, and Jack Ingram.

Their third single from their most recent album, “Say Good Night,” has been climbing the charts since its release and was nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

The band received three nominations for the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards: Song of the Year, Top Vocal Group of the Year, and Single Record of the Year. On April 1, 2012, the band won the Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year on CBS television in front of 14 million people. They had Grammy nominations for Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

On Jan. 21, the band made an appearance on an episode of ABC's "The Bachelor," and were scheduled to appear on the Tonight Show Wednesday night.

Opening for the Eli Young Band will be the up-and-coming Texas country music sensation Casey Donahew Band. Donahew is a Texas native and has released a total of five albums since 2006, including a self-released live album in 2008.

The Casey Donahew Band’s latest album, “Double-Wide Dream,” climbed into the top ten country music album charts after its release in late 2011. Donahew’s hits include “White Trash Story,” “Stockyards,” “One Star Flag,” “Double-Wide Dream” and “Nowhere Fast.”

“With the Casey Donahew Band, we really listened to people’s suggestions and recognized they have a solid following in South Dakota,” commented Hertel. “We are extremely excited to bring Casey Donahew to the fair.”

Ticket prices have not been set yet.

Pre-sale on tickets will begin June 17 for backrest holders, followed by Friends of the Fair ticket sales on June 20. General public ticket sales will begin June 24.

 The 2013 South Dakota State Fair will run from Thursday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 2. Preview night will be Wednesday, Aug. 28. This year’s theme is “Starry Nights and Midway Lights.”  

For more information on State Fair events, contact the Fair office at 800-529-0900, visit sdstatefair.com or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

For the complete article see the 02-14-2013 issue.

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