Blues artist kicks off Dixon May Fair

By April 19, 2011

Grammy Award-winning artist Jonny Lang will perform May 4 at the Dixon May Fair. Tickets are on sale now at the Dixon May Fair box office and at www.ticketmaster.com. Courtesy photo

The 136th annual Dixon May Fair will begin its concert series next month with a performance by blues artist Jonny Lang and guest Robben Ford on Wednesday, May 4.

“It’s going to be a great night of blues at the Dixon May Fair on our grand opening day,” said Jack Murphy, CEO of the Dixon May Fair. “Lang travels all over the world. In the blues world, he is one of the best.”

Tickets are on sale now at the Dixon May Fair box office and online at  http://www.ticketmaster.com. Reserved seats are $35 and $25, and general admission is $19. All prices include all-day admission to the May Fair.

Lang first started playing the guitar when he was 12 years old, after his father took him to see the Bad Medicine Blues Band, one of the few blues bands in Fargo, N.D. He began taking guitar lessons from a member of the band and a few months later, Lang joined the group, which was re-named Kid Jonny Lang & The Big Bang.

The band moved to Minneapolis and released the album “Smokin’ ” when Lang was 14. The young performer was signed to A&M Records in 1996, and he released the multi-platinum album “Lie to Me” in 1997. He followed with “Wander This World” in 1998, which earned him a Grammy nomination.

His newest album, the gospel-influenced “Turn Around,” was released in 2006 and won Lang his first Grammy award.

In more than a decade on the road, Lang has toured with the Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Aerosmith, B.B. King, Blues Traveler, Jeff Beck and Sting.

Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today. He is known not only for his blues playing, but also his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. Ford is a five-time Grammy nominee, and has played with an array of talented artists, including Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt and Bob Dylan.

Lang and Ford join a May Fair concert line-up that Murphy described as one of the best the fair has ever had. Tickets are still available for all concerts.

John Kay and Steppenwolf will rock the May Fair arena with special guest Eric Burdon and the Animals on Thursday, May 5. Both bands have classic rock hits that date back to the ’60s and ’70s. Reserved tickets are $35 and $25, and general admission tickets cost $19.

On Friday, May 6, Trace Adkins will headline a night filled with country favorites that will open with country legend Merle Haggard. Adkins, long considered country music’s alpha male, has had more than 20 of his songs on the Top 20 chart, while Haggard, one of the most famous country artists to emerge in the 1960s, has 40 No. 1 hits. Tickets are $45 reserved and $39 general admission.

Disney star and pop singer Selena Gomez and her band The Scene will headline a concert Saturday, May 7, with guest Days Difference. Tickets are $45 reserved and $39 general admission.

Tickets are still available for the Dixon May Fair’s demolition derby on Sunday, May 8, the final day of the fair. Tickets are on sale for $22 and include all-day admission. Car registration is available at http://www.dixonmayfair.com.

The May Fair office also has advanced discount carnival ride wristbands available for purchase. The wristbands, which will allow an individual to ride unlimited rides for the day, are on sale for $25. Most attractions at the May Fair cost three to five tickets per ride.

Advance admission tickets are also available for $7. Once the fair opens, admission is $12 for adults, $7 for children under 12 and $8 for seniors and military. Advancetickets will be available until 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 3.

For more information, visit http://www.dixonmayfair.com.

Enterprise staff

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