Fair’s entertainment lineup includes plenty of music, laughs

Bill Cosby’s doin’ the Monroe.

The longtime comedian, TV and movie star is one of the grandstand headliners at the Evergreen State Fair, on now through Labor Day.

The big grandstand shows are scheduled Monday through Friday. Ticket information is available at www.EvergreenFair.org. Free entertainment inside the fairgrounds is offered throughout the run of the fair.

Cosby will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27. Tickets for his show range from $33 to $58.

One of the country’s best loved comedians, Cosby is sure to attract multiple generations of people who have enjoyed his comedy record albums, funny books, cartoons, television shows and films.

Cosby, who grew up poor in a Philadelphia housing project, was a Navy veteran working as a stand-up comedian when he was hired to be the first black actor to co-star in a dramatic TV series. “I Spy” won multiple Emmy awards. Arguably his biggest contribution to American culture was his top-rated situation-comedy series, “The Cosby Show,” about a close-knit, upper middle-class black family in the 1980s.

Cosby is the winner of the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and the Marian Anderson Award.

The Sequim-based pop rock band Emblem3 performs at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25. Prices range from $25 to $39.

After the group’s appearance on the “X Factor,” the TV music competition, Emblem3 released its hit album “Nothing To Lose.” Emblem3 won the Choice Music Breakout Group Award at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards.

The band was a trio, but after Drew Chadwick left to pursue a solo career, brothers Wesley and Keaton Stromberg have stepped up to release a new song, “Love Will Be There.”

Sure to draw a big crowd at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, is the Southern rock/country rock mega-concert by the Marshall Tucker Band and the Charlie Daniels Band. Ticket prices range from $30 to $53.

Marshall Tucker’s hits include “Can’t You See,” “Heard it in a Love Song,” “Fire on the Mountain,” “This Ol’ Cowboy” and “Take The Highway.” Charlie Daniels’s top tunes include “Drinkin My Baby Goodbye,” “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “The South’s Gonna Do It Again.”

Charlie Daniels, still touring at age 77, is an award-winning musician who is known for his work to support military families and children from families in need. The Marshall Tucker Band, with its blend of rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, country and gospel, helped establish the Southern rock genre in the early 1970s.

At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, country music artists Chris Young and Courtney Cole will perform. Prices range from $30 to $53.

Chris Young won the 2006 USA Television Network program “Nashville Star” singing competition. His hits include “Aw Naw,” “Tomorrow” and “Who I Am with You.”

Courtney Cole will open the show with an acoustic set. She appeared on Country Music Television’s “Next Superstar.”

This year’s grandstand shows end Friday, Aug. 29, with an appearance by the Australian Christian pop rock band Newsboys and their guest Ryan Stevenson at 7:30 p.m. Prices range from $23 to $43.

The Newsboys’ well-known songs include “God’s Not Dead,” “Born Again” and “Live with Abandon.”

The Grammy award-nominated band includes front man Michael Tait, guitarist Jody Davis on guitar, Jeff Frankenstein on keyboards and drummer Duncan Phillips.

Free shows

The following are a few recommendations for the free concerts inside the fair:

Aug. 21: The Fentons, country, 5:30 p.m. Courtyard stage; Wild Snohomians, 7:45 p.m., Family stage.

Aug. 22: Jet City Players, pop rock, 2:45 p.m., and the Martin James Band, country, 8:45 p.m., Courtyard Stage; The Bobbers, fishing music band, 5:45 p.m., Family stage.

Aug. 23: Aztec Indian Dancers, 5:15 p.m., Courtyard; Roadstars Jazz Band, 2:30 p.m., Family stage.

Aug. 24: Fiesta Sunday flamenco, folkloric and mariachi music and dancing all afternoon at the Courtyard; Cranberry Bog bluegrass band, 5:30 p.m., Family stage.

Aug. 25: Cherry Cherrry, Neil Diamond tribute band, 5:45 p.m., Courtyard.

Aug. 26: Snohomish High School Jam Club, 3:15 p.m., and Rocklyn Road, country rock, at 9:45 p.m., Courtyard.

Aug. 27: Hankabillies, classic country, 3 p.m., Family stage.

Aug. 28: Dakota country band, 6:30 p.m., Courtyard.

Aug. 29: Monroe Concert Band, 6 p.m., Courtyard.

Aug. 30: Cascade Range, country, 7 p.m., Family stage.

Aug. 31: Playin for Pizza, fiddle band, 1:30 p.m., Family stage

Sept. 1: Applause Performance Dance Team, 2 p.m., Courtyard stage.

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