The Benton County Fair & Rodeo proudly presents the 2022 Main Stage line-up
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Wednesday, August 3
- 7:00 p.m. Briana Renea
- 8:30 p.m. Chase Bryant
Thursday, August 4
- 7:00 p.m. Fat Bottomed Girls: Showcasing the hits of Queen and the Queens of Rock
- 8:30 p.m. The Springsteen Experience: A Tribute to the Boss
Friday, August 5
- 6:30 p.m. Catherine Loyer & Strawberry Roan
- 8:00 p.m. Colt Ford
Saturday, August 6
- 7:00 p.m. Yesterday: The Beatles Tribute
- 8:30 p.m. Kenny Metcalf as Elton, The Early Years (Elton John Tribute)
The Main Stage is sponsored by Pioneer Connect.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3
Country music takes to the stage on the opening day of fair with singer and songwriter Chase Bryant. “This is my shot at redemption,” says Chase Bryant. “This is the second chance I never thought I’d have.” In fact, by all objective measures, Chase Bryant shouldn’t be here right now, and yet he’s never sounded more alive, more vital, more himself than he does on his extraordinary new album, ‘Upbringing.’ Recorded in the aftermath of a season of darkness and despair that brought Bryant to the brink and back, the record is a searing, honest portrait of struggle and resilience from a songwriter finally learning to love and trust himself, flaws and all. The music here is raw and exhilarating, captured live for the most part with an all-star band under the guidance of writer/producer Jon Randall (Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley), and the performances convey a kind of comfort and ease that Bryant’s spent much of his life in search of. Some may call it a comeback, but truth be told, it’s really more like a homecoming. “In a way, I feel like I’ve been working on this record my whole life,” Bryant reflects. “I had to go back to Texas to make it, but it was inside me all along.” Born and raised in rural Orange Grove, Bryant’s dreams of a life in music came true faster than he could have anticipated, and by 21, he already had two Top 10 singles and tours with the likes of Brantley Gilbert and Tim McGraw under his belt. Fame and success arrived with a hefty price, though. Most days, Bryant felt like he was playing a character with expectations he could never live up to, and the harder he pushed back, the worse things got until he barely recognized the man he saw in the mirror. Though the journey to find himself nearly put him in the grave, Bryant’s stronger now for his struggles, with a clear head, an open heart, and the most gritty, compelling work of his career to show for it.
Opening for Chase Bryant, Briana Renea grew up on a farm in Oregon, so comes by her country roots naturally. She blends the two genres of rock and country into her own musical compositions and live performances. She celebrated the release of her debut single, “Chasin’ Trouble,” in October 2018 that made it into the top 100 of the Music Row Charts, and the single “Widow Maker” was selected for use in the NPRA finals commercial. You won’t miss red-haired Briana’s high energy when she performs.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4
The Springsteen Experience: A Tribute to the Boss is a high-octane, chronological journey, recreating the most memorable moments and stage interactions throughout E STREET concert history. From 1973 through the height of Bruce’s fame in the 80’s and beyond, this theatrical production accurately replicates the near circus-like appeal of an authentic Springsteen concert; including vintage equipment and stage sets, costume changes, and note-perfect renditions of Bruce’s most popular hits and lyrical gems.
Opening for The Springsteen Experience, the Fat Bottomed Girls is a female fronted rock band showcasing the hits of Queen, Heart, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, and more. Glam Rock Queens Rachel Christofferson and bass player Lisa Stanley will make you feel like you did whatever age you were in the 80’s as they entertain you with their vocals and harmonies. They will, most definitely, rock you!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5
Saddle up for fun on Friday as Strawberry Roan opens for Colt Ford. Colt Ford consistently blazes his own trail. By doing so, the Georgia singer, songwriter, rapper, musician, performer and co-founder and co-owner of Average Joes Entertainment keeps up pace as the country’s preeminent independent maverick. By 2019, Colt built a series of staggering successes as he rose to mainstream notoriety. He notched five consecutive Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart with “Declaration of Independence” bowing at #1 in 2012. Two years later, “Thanks for Listening” ascended to the Top 10 of the Top 200, with the album reaching #1 on Billboard Rap & Independent charts. Meanwhile, he lobbed six songs onto the Hot Country Songs Chart with “Back” [feat. Jake Owen] going Top 40. Among many accolades, Ford received a nomination in the category of “Vocal Event of the Year” at the Academy of Country Music Awards for “Cold Beer” with Jamey Johnson.
Selling over 3 million albums, attracting millions of followers on social media and hitting 1 billion-plus streams, the country rap pioneer’s dynamic discography spans collaborations with everyone from Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, and Jermaine Dupri to members of No Doubt, Lit, and Lady Antebellum. Additionally, he co-wrote Jason Aldean’s #1 hit “Dirt Road Anthem” and Brantley Gilbert’s #1 hit “Country Must be Country Wide” as a behind-the scenes force in the studio. Moreover, Ford’s solo tradition of genre-blurring continued on Love Hope Faith in 2017 by way of cuts such as “Reload” [feat. Taylor Ray Holdbrook].
For his seventh and eighth albums, “We the People, Volume 1”  & “We the People, Volume 2” . Ford once again tossed the rule book out the window, perfecting his dynamic and definitive distillation of country, hip-hop, and rock like never before on nearly 30 songs.
Catherine Loyer & Strawberry Roan have a high energy show that plays rockin’ and heartfelt country – both original and everyone’s favorites, from modern to classic. Catherine is known for her electric presence and a voice that has both power and control.
Friday night’s concert is sponsored by Coastal: Just What the Country Needs.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
Saturday prepare for a British Invasion! Yesterday: The Beatles Tribute was voted the #1 tribute act in Las Vegas by the Fremont Street Experience. Endorsed by Sir Paul McCartney, Yesterday is the longest-running show at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City. Yesterday transports audiences to a bygone era of magical innocence. With superior showmanship, flawless voices and exceptional musical abilities, these performers are not to be missed.
Kenny Metcalf as Elton, The Early Years takes to the stage on Saturday night. Accomplished musician and vocalist, Kenny Metcalf, recreates the multiple Grammy-winning legend and flamboyant superstar in each and every performance. Dazzling outfits, stunning vocals and a spectacular backing band complete the phenomenal reproduction that brings the audience on an adventure of both sight and sound.
Concerts are free with paid admission to the fair. Seating in the outdoor venue is first come, first serve.
Fair tickets go on sale June 1st! Visit www.bentoncountyfair.net for up-to-date information regarding fair schedules and ticketing, or call 541-766-6521.