2016 Main Stage

Shawn Mendes

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4 AT 7:30PM - Teen pop sensation Shawn Mendes will take the stage on opening night, Thursday, Aug. 4. His hit single “Stitches” is the third single from his debut full-length album, Handwritten, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 last May and is now platinum with more than 2 million sold.His latest single to hit the charts, “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” is a collaboration with Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello The video alone has more than 40 million YouTube views, while Mendes’ other social numbers are just as jaw-dropping: 7.2 million Instagram followers and 5.3 million Twitter followers.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 AT 8PM - Siblings Elizabeth (Lzzy) and Arejay Hale began Halestorm in the late 90s, and by the end of the decade solidified the lineup with Lzzy on vocals and guitar, Josh Smith on bass, Arejay on drums and Joe Hottinger on guitar. The band’s major-label debut with Atlantic Records produced One and Done, a five-song EP recorded at a live show in Philadelphia.

Rascal Flatts

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 AT 8PM - Rascal Flatts has sold more than 22.5 million albums, 28 million digital downloads and delivered 15 No. 1 singles to the top of the charts. They are the most awarded country music group of the past decade, earning more than 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People’s Choice Awards and more.When Jay and Gary teamed up with Joe Don in a club in Nashville, they knew right away they had something special. They quickly earned a record deal and now their list of hits is too long to list, featuring “These Days,” “Bless the Broken Road,” “What Hurts The Most,” and “My Wish,” among countless others. Their performances are state-of-the art, house-rocking extravaganzas that have included as opening acts some of this generation’s great country artists, including Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean.

Happy Together Tour

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7 AT 7 PM - The Happy Together Tour is back at the Fair! Following several successful years, this night of hits from the ‘60s and 70’ will return on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 7:00 p.m. The evening will include The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Mark Lindsay former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Cowsills and The Spencer Davis Group featuring Spencer Davis. Tickets for the show are $25 and $35.


MONDAY, AUGUST 8 AT 7:30PM - Four-time Grammy-nominated Christian rock band Newsboys will hit the Main Stage on Monday, Aug. 8. Since the successful release of the film “God’s Not Dead” in 2014, which featured their music, the group has had numerous hits, including “Million Pieces (Kissin’ Your Cares Goodbye)” and “It Is You.” Having just released their most recent album, Love Riot, fans can expect to hear new songs like the chart-climbing “Guilty.”


TUESDAY, AUGUST 9 AT 7:30 PM - Berlin featuring Terri Nunn will take your breath away when they rock the Main Stage on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Formed in 1978, the California-based new wave band found success in the ‘80s with hit singles like “Sex (I’m A…)” and “No More Words.” They’ll bring their biggest hit, “Take My Breath Away,” to this year’s Fair, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song after being featured in the 1986 film Top Gun. After disbanding in 1987, the 2013 album release, Animal, featuring the hit single “It’s The Way,” brought Berlin back into the spotlight. Terri Nunn, an original Berlin band member, now performs with Chris Olivas, Carlton Bost and Dave Schulz.

Happy Days: Live

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10 AT 7:30PM - The Fonz is coming to the Fair! Join him, along with Potsie and Ralph when they return to Milwaukee to perform Happy Days: Live on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring Anson Williams, Donny Most and special guest Henry Winkler, the students of Jefferson High will reunite at the Fair following the hit show’s 40th anniversary. Winkler, currently starring in USA Network’s Royal Pains, has found success in several films, including roles in The Waterboy, Click and Holes. Williams and Most have both continued work in the entertainment industry producing, directing and acting. Take a trip down memory lane with three stars from the iconic sitcom with music, rare photos, personal favorite clips from “Happy Days,” never before seen home videos, talks about their coming of age experiences and a Q & A session.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 AT 7:30PM - Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge will take the Main Stage on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. This co-headlining show will feature Grammy- and Oscar-winning Etheridge, along with four-time Grammy-winning Benatar, performing with her long-time band mate and husband Giraldo. Fans can expect a night of hits including Etheridge’s “Ain’t It Heavy” and “I’m the Only One,” as well as Benatar’s chart topping “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “Love Is a Battlefield.”


FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 AT 7PM - For fans who didn’t get enough during their packed show at the Bank Mutual Amphitheater at last year’s State Fair, Salt-N-Pepa is back! They’ll be joined by Color Me Badd, Coolio and Rob Base, as part of the I Love the 90’s Tour on Friday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. Female hip-hop trio Salt-N-Pepa rose to stardom after their single, “Push It,” went platinum, and their popularity continued through the ‘90s with hits like “Shoop” and Grammy-winning “None of your Business.”

Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 AT 7:30PM - Season 11 American Idol champion Phillip Phillips will co-headline the Main Stage with Matt Nathanson, on Saturday, Aug. 13. Phillips rose to stardom with his hit “Home,” which became Idol’s best-selling coronation song of all time. His 2012 debut album, The World from the Side of the Moon, debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 Chart and included the hit “Gone, Gone, Gone.”Having previously toured with stars like Kelly Clarkson and Train, Nathanson, best-known for his platinum-selling “Come On Get Higher,” will also perform at this 7:30 p.m. show.

Beach Boys

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 AT 6PM - The Main Stage will be “Fun, Fun, Fun” on the final night of the fair when the Beach Boys take the stage. Following their 50th Anniversary Tour in 2012, the legendary music of the Beach Boys will live on as classics like “Good Vibrations” and “Surfin’ Safari” are revisited on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. In 2001, the group received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2004 was No. 12 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.


The State Fair Main Stage presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino features a diverse lineup of live entertainment, including nationally-touring headliners each night of the Fair. The lineup offers everything from country to hip-hop, contemporary Christian, to classic rock and more!

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