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Phil Vassar with Love and Theft will be rounding out the Du Quoin State Fair grandstand by playing onSaturday, September 1.

“We’re thrilled to have Phil Vassar close out the grandstand at the Du Quoin State Fair,” says Assistant State Fair Manager, Tibretta Reiman. “This year features an eclectic lineup and Phil Vassar fits a perfect niche in the lineup.”

With hits like “Carlene,” “Last Day of My Life,” and “Just Another Day in Paradise” everyone is sure to have a favorite Phil Vassar song. As he is also a songwriter, you might recognize some of the artists that have picked up his songs: Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, and Jo Dee Messina to name a few.

Vassar has many accolades behind his name including two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year awards and BillboardCountry Songwriter of the Year, in addition to his own label, Rodeowave Entertainment.

“Songs should evoke something, whether it makes you happy and puts you in a good mood, or makes you cry and feel desperation…you know, whether you’re going through
a marriage, or a divorce, or you’re in love or you hate somebody, or whatever it is…songs should evoke something,” says Vassar.

Love and Theft already has a number 1 hit, “Angel Eyes” and a Top 10 hit “Runaway”, but they are looking to add to those accomplishments. In the six years they’ve been recording together, Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson, have achieved milestones together, both personally and professionally, and their music reflects that.

Bishop Gunn will be opening for Blackberry Smoke on Saturday, August 25. The group has been doing non-stop touring, festivals, and opening for other acts recently. The Mississippi natives named their first album Natchez, which also happens to be their hometown. Listeners can expect to hear a mix of rock and roll, soul, and blues from these guys. In May 2018, Rolling Stone Magazine listed them as one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know”.

Southern Illinois native, Kendell Marvel, will be opening for Bothers Osborne on Tuesday, August 28. Already armed with song writing awards for some of the biggest names in country including Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Jake Owen, and perhaps his most well know, “Right Where I Need to Be” by Gary Allan, Marvel has his sights set on his own album. His debut solo album Lowdown & Lonesome combines his down home country roots with some rock and roll vibes.

Tickets for Phil Vassar / Love and Theft will go on sale via on Saturday, June 16 at 10 am and via the Du Quoin State Fair box office on Monday, June 18 at 9:00 am. Tickets for all previously announced concerts are currently on sale.

Saturday, August 25:  Blackberry Smoke / Bishop Gunn
Tier 3 – $17 / Tier 2 – $20 / Tier 1 – $23

Sunday, August 26:  Cheap Trick
Tier 3 – $21 / Tier 2 – $24 / Tier 1 – $27

Monday, August 27:  Dueling Pianos International
Free Show – General Admission Seating

Tuesday, August 28:  Brothers Osborne / Kendell Marvel
Tier 3 – $29 / Tier 2 – $32 / Tier 1 – $35

Wednesday, August 29:  Twilight Harness Racing
Free Admission – General Admission Seating

Thursday, August 30:  POP2K Tour featuring O-Town, Aaron Carter, Ryan Cabrera, Tyler Hilton
Tier 3 – $10 / Tier 2 – $10 / Tier 1 – $10

Friday, August 31:  Gen-X Tour featuring Buckcherry, P.O.D., Lit, Alien Ant Farm
Tier 3 – $19 / Tier 2 – $22 / Tier 1 – $25

Saturday, September 1:  Phil Vassar / Love and Theft
Tier 3 – $15 / Tier 2 – $18 / Tier 1 – $21

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