The stars are out at Illinois State Fair

The stars are out at Illinois State Fair

A look at the featured acts that will perform on the grandstand at this year's state fair. Shows open at 8 each night. For more information, visit

American Idol Live

Aug. 8

The Fox television show will conduct open auditions from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9. You, too, can make a fool of yourself, but you can't get yelled at by surly celebrity judges; they're not part of the audition.


Aug. 9

If you're a football fan, you know him from "We Are One (Ole Ola)" along with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte, the official song of the 2014 World Cup. Or maybe you wear his fragrance. Good luck with that.

Florida Georgia Line

Aug. 10

The album's first single, "Dirt," was released in July and by two weeks in has sold 281,000 downloads in the U.S.


Aug. 12

Even these diehards have an "American Idol" connection. Appearing on the 2014 tour is special guest vocalist, American Idol Season 9 Finalist Siobhan Magnus. She joins the band for a "stratospheric version" of "Walk On." Also in the tour, Sweet, of "Ballroom Blitz" fame.

Hunter Hayes

Aug. 13

With four Grammy nominations and a string of No. 1 hits, he's hitting his peak.


Aug. 14

Well, we haven't seen a brothers boy band since Hanson.

Steely Dan

Aug. 15

I'll be at this one, and not just because I'm older than dirt. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen continue to jazz up their music and are far more comfortable live than when they were in their heyday.

Jake Owens

Aug. 16

Have a "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" with this rising country star.

Robin Thicke

Aug. 17

With big hits like "Blurred Lines," and Magic as a second act, the Canadian entry is looking good.

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