County Fair and Rodeo announces 2018 main stage line-up

Make a splash at the 2018 Benton County Fair & Rodeo
Monday, March 12, 2018

The Benton County Fair and Rodeo is pleased to announce the Pioneer Telephone Main Stage entertainment:

  • Wednesday, August 1
    • 7:00 pm Briana Renea
    • 8:30 pm Love And Theft
  • Thursday, August 2
    • 7:00 pm Dreams: The Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
    • 8:30 pmRob Garrett: Neil Diamond – The Tribute
  • Friday, August 3
    • 7:00 pm Fate 55
    • 8:30 pm Micky Dolenz
  • Saturday, August 4
    • 7:00 pm Trevor Tagle
    • 8:30 pm Uncle Kracker

Love And Theft will kick off the Benton County Fair & Rodeo on Wednesday, August 1st with their high-energy show and infectious harmonies.  Love And Theft — Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson — launched with the No. 1 country smash “Angel Eyes” and top 10 hit “Runaway.” The longtime friends and bandmates are nearing 3 million music video streams for the critically acclaimed “Whiskey on My Breath” and putting the final touches on their fourth studio album. 

Briana Renea will open for Love And Theft on Wednesday evening.  Briana grew up on a farm in Oregon, so comes by her country roots naturally.  Off her new album, “Red Lips White Lies,” 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.

Two outstanding tribute bands will rock the Main Stage on Thursday night – Dreams: The Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac and Rob Garrett: Neil Diamond – The Tribute.  From the music to the costumes, Dreams portrays Fleetwood Mac with incredible authenticity.  This seven-piece live production will get you grooving to your favorite Fleetwood Mac hits from the 70’s and 80’s. 

Rob Garrett has established himself as the world’s most popular and requested Neil Diamond tribute artist, earning the title “King of Diamonds.”  In 2008, Rob was presented with the “Male Musical Tribute Artist of the Year” award in Las Vegas and in 2013 he won the “Tribute Artist of the Year/Excellence in Entertainment” award from the Entertainment Consumers Exchange.  He continues to set the standard in the industry by performing his tribute to the iconic singer/songwriter.

Friday the Benton County Fair & Rodeo Main Stage is thrilled to feature Micky Dolenz.  Micky was born into a showbiz family and starred in his first TV series, “Circus Boy,” when he was six years old.  Ten years later he was starring as the wacky drummer in the Emmy award-winning show “The Monkees.”  A series of albums followed and the Monkees have sold in excess of 65 million records.  The 50th Anniversary of The Monkees saw both a world-tour and a critically acclaimed new album entitled “Good Times.”  Micky continues to tour and he remains…a believer! 

Willamette Valley favorites Fate 55 will open for Micky Dolenz on Friday night, performing classic rock with a uniquely raw sound, driving rhythm section, tasty guitar, and powerful vocals.  Voted 2012 Best Local Band by the Top of the Valley Readers Poll and Don Thorp as the Valley’s Best Vocalist, these veteran musicians will perform great songs with infectious stage presence.

Saturday night will feature cross-over pop music star Uncle Kracker.  His 2000 major label debut, “Double Wide,” fittingly went double-platinum and yielded #1 smash hit “Follow Me.”  Its 2002 follow-up “No Stranger To Shame” reached gold status and spawned cross-format hits such as “In A Little While” and the powerful cover of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away,” which set a Billboard record for most weeks at #1 on any chart, topping their #1 run on the Adult Contemporary radio charts for a staggering 28 weeks.  He plays sold out shows across the country and appears everywhere from the American County Music Awards to Late Night with Conan O’Brien. 

Country/Rock/Southern Rock artist Trevor Tagle will open for Uncle Kracker on Saturday and set the stage for a night of great country music.  He will perform an audience-pleasing mix of old country, top chart country, new releases, and originals.       

Concerts are free with your paid admission to the fair.  Seating in the outdoor venue is first come, first serve.   

Visit www.bentoncountyfair.net for up-to-date information regarding the fair schedule, or call (541) 766-6521.