Free State Fair acts include Hanson, Blue Öyster Cult

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May 21, 2013

by Chris Riemenschneider

Not that anyone expects Marijuana Deathsquads or any other current buzz bands, but you can get an idea of just how dated the lineup is for the Leinie Bandshell at the Minnesota State Fair this year when you note that the youngest act on the schedule had its big hit 16 years ago.

All grown up -- or at least past puberty -- "MMMBop" sibling band Hanson will play the fair's bandshell Aug. 26-27.
All grown up — or at least past puberty — “MMMBop” sibling band Hanson will play the fair’s bandshell Aug. 26-27.

With a couple grandstand concerts yet to be announced, fair organizers went ahead and unveiled the 2013 lineup for the bandshell and other free stages today. Oklahoma teen popsters Hanson of 1997’s “MMMBop” fame — who are now in their late-20s and early-30s and have maintained a cultish following — are among the biggest names headed for the bandshell, scheduled Aug. 26-27.

Other bandshell acts will include Texas country starlet Sunny Sweeney (Aug. 22-23), undying “Don’t Fear the Reaper” rockers Blue Öyster Cult (Aug. 24-25), former Prince protégé and renowned percussionist Sheila E. (Aug. 28-29), fiery sacred-steel rockers Robert Randolph & the Family Band (Aug. 30-31) and Branson, Mo., mainstays Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers (Sept. 1-2).

Other acts playing the fair’s free stages this year — including the International Bazaar and Heritage Square —  will include the Okee Dokee Brothers, Pert Near Sandstone, Tonic Sol-fa, Dale Watson, Chubby Carrier, Bill Kirchen, Pieta Brown, Chastity Brown, Mary Jane Alm, the Daisy Dillman Band, the Native Pride Dancers, Rogue Valley, GB Leighton, Billy McLaughlin, the Roe Family Singers and Sena Erhardt.

Click here to see the full lineup.


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  1. I’ve seen Hanson many times and they are an amazing band. I can’t wait to see both shows. You will be surprised at how great their songs are if you’ve never seen them perform before. New Album called Anthem coming out June 18th.

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