Alaska State Fair Concerts

The 2024 Alaska State Fair is scheduled from Aug. 19-Sept. 2 and we look forward to seeing you there!

From comedy to country, legends to up and comers, the Alaska State Fair concert series features national acts that take the Borealis Theater stage every day of the Alaska State Fair. In addition to the headlining acts performing in the Borealis Theater, many local musicians appear at the fair daily in smaller venues across the fairgrounds.

The 2024 concert lineup began taking shape in February and will be finalized by July 2024. So, bookmark this page and check back often for our regular updates with links to ticket prices and online booking!

Mt Joy     August 19, 7:00 p.m.     BOOK TICKETS

Formed in 2016, indie rock band Mt. Joy made their mark two years later when their self-titled debut album spun off “Silver Lining.” The song went to No. 1 at AAA radio (Billboard Adult Alternative Airplay) and has more than 120 million Spotify streams to date. Their second album, Rearrange Us, was released in 2018 and drew widespread critical raves. Mt. Joy’s third full-length offering, Orange Blood, came out in June 2022.

Over the past several years, the Philadelphia quintet has amassed over half a billion streams and earned acclaim from NPR, Billboard, Rolling Stone and more. The band has performed at a variety of festivals, including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Bonnaroo, and has toured with The Lumineers, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, The Revivalists, and The Head and The Heart. Additionally, the band has performed on Stephen Colbert, CBS Morning, Samantha Bee, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, and Conan.

Taking their name from the quiet, rural town in southwest Pennsylvania, about four hours from their Philadelphia home base, Mt. Joy is comprised of Matt Quinn (vocals, guitar), Sam Cooper (guitar), Sotiris Eliopoulos (drums), Jackie Miclau (keys, piano), and Michael Byrnes (bass).

Wynonna Judd     August 22, 7:00 p.m.     BOOK TICKETS

Once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline,” Wynonna Judd is one of the most celebrated artists in country music history.

Wynonna first rose to fame as part of one of the most successful music duos of all time, The Judds. Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, and earned multiple gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications from the RIAA.

A five-time Grammy Award winner and New York Times bestselling author, Wynonna is the recipient of more than 60 top industry awards. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has released countless charting singles and has 21 #1 hits to her name, including “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me” and “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ole Days).”

Ludacris     August 23 & 25, 7:00 p.m.     BOOK TICKETS

From rap recording artist to film star, to father, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is undeniably multi-talented. As a recording artist, he has sold more than 24 million albums worldwide, thanks to the blockbuster success of such singles as “Stand Up,” “Get Back,” “Southern Hospitality,” “Number One Spot,” “Money Maker” and “My Chick Bad.”

One of music’s premier entertainers, Ludacris seamlessly transitioned to acting, playing “Tej” in Universal Pictures’ box office phenomenon Fast & Furious franchise. Other notable feature film credits include Garry Marshall’s ensemble comedy, New Year’s Eve; Ivan Reitman’s romantic comedy, No Strings Attached; Paul Higgin’s, Crash, which received an Academy Award for Best Picture in 2006; and Hustle & Flow, which earned Bridges a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. 

As a father of four girls, his latest ventures include launching the “KidNation” educational platform devoted to the enrichment of children, and the creation of the animated series Karma’s World, which launched in the Top 10 in 42 countries on Netflix, received two NAACP Award nominations and was recently picked up for a third season. 

Outside of entertainment, one of Ludacris’ most successful ventures includes opening his restaurant “Chicken-n-Beer” at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport. In the area of philanthropy, The Ludacris Foundation, established in 2001, focuses on helping the youth in his hometown of Atlanta and has partnered with No Kid Hungry and Feeding America.

Halestorm     August 24, 7:00 p.m.     BOOK TICKETS

Formed in 1997, Halestorm began as a childhood dream of sister and brother Lzzy and Arejay Hale, who were raised on rock ‘n roll. Fast forward a couple decades, and the Grammy Award-winning,platinum-selling rock quartet has released their fifth full-length album, Back From The Dead, featuring two #1 hits.

Halestorm became the first female-fronted band to hit #1 on the Active Rock radio charts, with a total of six #1 hits to date, including “Back from the Dead,” “The Steeple,” “Amen,” “Apocalyptic,” “Freak Like Me” and “Uncomfortable,” which also garnered the group’s second Grammy Award nomination. Cumulatively, Halestorm’s songs have racked up more than 1 billion global streams.

The Pennsylvania-bred, Nashville-based group scored a GrammyAward in the category of Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for “Love Bites (So Do I),” and was crowned Rock Artist of the Decadeby Loudwire in 2019.

Featuring Lzzy Hale (vocals, guitar), Arejay Hale (drums), Joe Hottinger (guitar) and Josh Smith (bass), Halestorm has toured with legends such as Heaven & Hell, Alice Cooper, and Joan Jett, to name a few.

NEEDTOBREATHE     August 26, 7:00 p.m.     BOOK TICKETS

For the past two decades, NEEDTOBREATHE has been honing its unique fusion of modern rock, purpose-driven soul and irresistible pop. The Grammy-nominated rock band from South Carolina has put out five #1 albums all across the Billboard chart spectrum, from rock to alternative.

The iconic band has racked up two billion career streams and released dozens of multi-platinum, chart-topping hits, including “Brother” featuring Gavin DeGraw, “Who Am I” and “Let’s Stay Home Tonight,” all while filling venues across the globe.

NEEDTOBREATHE released its ninth studio album, CAVES, in September 2023, featuring collaborations with Carly Pearce, Judah & the Lion, Old Dominion, and Foy Vance.

Kolohe Kai     August 29, 7:00 p.m.     BOOK TICKETS

Hawaii-based reggae artist Kolohe Kai, led by singer/songwriter Roman De Peralta, entered the Pacific reggae scene in 2009 with the release of debut album, This is the Life, featuring hits like “Ehu Girl” and “Cool Down.” A second all-original album, Love Town, came out in 2011.

After a three-year break from the music scene, Kolohe Kai returned in 2014 with the reggae-heavy album, Paradise, with favorites including “He’e Roa,” “Paradise” and “Good Morning Hawaii.”

Kolohe Kai released its fourth full-length album, Summer To Winter, in 2019. Featuring the songs “Round and Around” and “Heartstrings,” the album was honored as the Album of the Year at the Island Music Awards.

A live album in honor of its 10th anniversary and the Best of Kolohe Kai Acoustic album were both released in 2021, followed by Kolohe Kai’s latest album, Hazel Eyes, which came out in 2022 and includes the songs “I Think You’re Beautiful,” “Feel the Sunshine” and “When the Rain Falls."

Theory of a Deadman     August 30, 7:00 p.m.     BOOK TICKETS

With major multi-platinum hits and countless sold-out shows, Theory of a Deadman has proven themselves as a hard rock force over the past two decades. Jamming together in basements throughout high school, the band burst out of their small hometown of North Delta, British Columbia, with the self-titled, Theory of a Deadman, in 2002. Since then, they’ve put out the double-platinum breakthrough album Scars & Souvenirs in 2008 and gold-certified The Truth Is… in 2011. They have also notched a procession of hits, including the gold-certified “All Or Nothing,” “Bitch Came Back” and “Lowlife,” platinum-certified “Angel,” “Hate My Life” and “Not Meant To Be,” double-platinum “Bad Girlfriend” and triple-platinum “RX (Medicate).” As the biggest smash of their career this far, “RX (Medicate)” marked their third #1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart and garnered a nomination for Rock Song of the Year at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. In addition, Theory of a Deadman has logged two Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200. In 2020, Say Nothing landed at #2 on the Billboard Alternative Albums Chart and #3 on the Rock Albums Chart. Plus, it earned praise from American Songwriter, Billboard and Classic Rock Magazine, who awarded it “4-out-of-5 stars.” The award-winning quartet, including Tyler Connolly (lead vocals, guitar), Dave Brenner (guitar, backing vocals), Dean Back (bass) and Joey Dandeneau (drums, backing vocals), released their eighth full-length offering, Dinosaur, in 2023.

Whiskey Myers     August 31, 7:00 p.m.     BOOK TICKETS

Known for their high-energy live shows and unique sound described by USA Today as “a riff-heavy blend of Southern rock and gritty country,” multi-Platinum band Whiskey Myers is gearing up for their 2024 cross-country tour, which includes a trip north to the Alaska State Fair.

The genre-bending band’s recent hit, “John Wayne,” was the No. 17 most-played Americana song of 2022. But the song certainly isn’t the band’s only accolade: Whiskey Myers’ previous self-titled album debuted at No. 1 on both the Country and Americana/Folk sales charts, at No. 2 on the Rock chart, No. 6 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart and No. 3 among new releases.

In total, Whiskey Myers has sold more than 1.65 million albums and amassed over 2.25 billion streams, in addition to earning six RIAA Gold and Platinum certifications as an independent band.

Since their emergence in 2007, the six-piece group has headlined their own sold-out shows from coast to coast at iconic venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheater and Ryman Auditorium. They’ve also performed at marquee festivals like Bonnaroo, Stagecoach and Download, and opened The Rolling Stones’ Chicago stadium show in 2019.

In addition to stages, the band’s work has been featured in Paramount’s hit show “Yellowstone,” as well as Netflix series “What/If,” Angelina Jolie film “Those Who Wish Me Dead,” and CBS series “SEAL Team.”

Oliver Anthony     September 1, 6:00 p.m.     BOOK TICKETS

Country singer-songwriter Oliver Anthony made music history this year by becoming the first artist in history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard charts without previously having a song on the charts. He is also the first living male songwriter to chart 13 songs simultaneously in Billboard’s Top 50 Digital Song Sales.

A musical poet of the people, Anthony became an overnight national sensation with the release of “Rich Men North of Richmond,” which has been dubbed the nation’s “blue-collar anthem.” But it resonates powerfully with Americans from all walks of life around the world.
The song has been streamed more than 77 million times on YouTube and more than 115 million across streaming platforms. Five of his other songs have made iTunes’ Top 10, with “I’ve Got to Get Sober” reaching No. 3. “Ain’t Got a Dollar” claimed the No. 1 spot on Spotify’s Viral 50 list and No. 2 on iTunes.

Steven Sanchez     September 2, 3:00 p.m.     BOOK TICKETS

Sounding like a tried-and-tested troubadour, Stephen Sanchez is just 21 years old. Transcending eras, he writes and croons songs that could play from a vintage record player or from the main stage at Bonnaroo.

The singer-songwriter initially created buzz with his very first upload, “Lady by the Sea,” which went viral on social media. Not long after, his original breakout, “Until I Found You,” officially introduced his spirited signature style. The song tallied over 1 billion global streams, was certified multi-platinum, and peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as his monthly listenership on Spotify exploded to 35 million.

He continued to captivate fans with his 2022 EP, Easy on My Eyes. His debut studio album, Angel Face was released in September 2023, featuring the singles “Evangeline,” “Only Girl” and “Be More.”

Sanchez has performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Late Night with Seth Meyers, and is currently touring across Europe and Australia in spring 2024 before picking up his U.S. tour in summer 2024.


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