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Pepsi Live Music Series at Neb. State Fair will feature 31 acts

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Nebraska State Fair Press Release

Music that crosses genres and generations will be part of the Pepsi Live Free Music Series at the Nebraska State Fair.

Musical styles such as Christian, polka, country, rock, folk, bluegrass, contemporary and more will be played around the grounds throughout the fair.

“Music lovers should be able to find at least a few shows in this list that fit their style,” said Bill Ogg, executive director of Nebraska State Fair. “We have artists from across the state and even across the country to complement our live music offering.”

While many acts are Nebraska favorites, some have caused a stir nationally.

Christian artists Katy Nichole and Jordan St. Cyr will take to the AGI stage at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31.

St. Cyr began writing lyrics at age 14 and honed his singing and guitar playing skills while serving his church as a worship leader. His most recent accomplishments include eight nominations and five wins at the GMA Canada Covenant Awards in 2019 and six nominations in 2020.

“If there was one thing I could tell people, it’s that God is a God of healing,” Nichole said. His debut single, “In Jesus Name (God of Possible)”, which now has millions of personal stories on TikTok and Instagram, is based on his own story of suffering, hope and healing.

Branson, MO award-winning entertainer Bill Chrastil will perform twice on the Pump & Pantry Party Pit stage, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday, August 27.

Besides being a songwriter and producer, Chrastil is also an accomplished instrumentalist, playing guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums and harmonica. He won numerous awards at Branson, including Best Gospel CD of the Year, Best Vocal Impressionist of the Year, and Best Horizon Show of the Year.

Sherwin Linton and the Cotton Kings will perform at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Older Nebraskans Day, Monday, August 29, on the AGI Stage.

Linton has been singing the songs of Elvis Presley, Marty Robbins, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash for 60 years. He also performs his own hits as well as a variety of traditional country, folk, gospel and cowboy songs. Linton is rounded out by his wife and singer, Pam Linton, and her band, the Cotton Kings.

Floyd: A Tribute to Pink Floyd will perform at 8 p.m. opening night on Friday, August 26 at the Pump & Pantry Party Stage. Comprised of members of former Pink Floyd tribute acts, Floyd’s sole focus is to provide the most authentic experience unless you own a time machine.

Cowboy Rides Again – A Tribute to George Strait will be presented at 3 p.m. on Monday, September 5 on the Earl May Fair Center Stage. Fairground goers will enjoy hits such as ‘Amarillo by Morning’, ‘Check Yes or No’, ‘I Cross My Heart’ and ‘The Chair’ performed by a talented group of Nashville-caliber players.

Kali Indiana with special guest KC Cameron will perform at 1 p.m. Sunday, August 28 on the Pump & Pantry Party Pit Stage. Indiana’s high-energy, rock-infused show is unique for female country artists and brings a fresh female perspective to a genre filled mostly with men. Her husband and writing partner, Cameron, draws on influences from George Strait to Bob Seger and everything in between.

Additional acts include:

Modern/contemporary:

  1. Naughty Martinez
  2. Formerly three
  3. rising marvel

Country:

  1. Eli Mosley
  2. Donnie Lee Strickland
  3. Jason Mayer’s group
  4. McKenzie JaLynn Group
  5. modern cowboy

Rock:

  1. mower dogs
  2. Acoustic music with Travis and Ashley Brock
  3. Bases loaded
  4. Bert & Scott
  5. Exit 312
  6. Jessy Karr’s group
  7. Paul Stephen Duffy

Popular:

  1. Chris Sayre
  2. The plugging connection

Jazz:

  1. lightning bugs

Ethnic:

  1. Leo Lonnie Duo
  2. Leo Lonnie Polka Band
  3. Dance troupe of many moccasins

Bluegrass:

  1. The Garage Group
  2. The Jacob Austin Group
  3. The Shucks Brothers

The Nebraska State Fair runs from August 26 to September 5 on Grand Island. For more information on any of these acts, including times and locations of performances during the Fair, visit statefair.org.