Free shows announced for Tulare County Fair

(Rigo Moran)

Darryl Worley, Rodney Atkins, Smash Mouth and Nate Smith headline the Bud Light Main Stage at the Gropetti Automotive Concert Pavilion this September; entry comes free with fair admission

TULARE – The Bud Light Main Stage at the Groppetti Automotive Concert Pavilion is the place to be this September as Daryl Worley, Rodney Atkins, Smash Mouth and Nate Smith get set to put on a show. Entry to these shows will be included for free with admission to the Tulare County Fair.

Worley will kick off the fair with his opening day show on Sept. 11 starting at 8:30 p.m. Worley’s new album, “Second Wind: Latest and Greatest,” showcases both his traditional country roots and a new style influenced by Muscle Shoals’ soul. After an eight-year break to focus on family, Worley returns with refreshed versions of his hits and new songs, produced with a relaxed vibe by Billy Lawson. The album reflects Worley’s commitment to music and the values that have shaped his career.

Keeping the party going on Sept. 12 at 8 p.m., Atkins will bring some early aughts country music to the fair. Atkins has achieved several milestones, including his single “Watching You” being named the No. 1 Song of the Decade by Country Aircheck. His latest album, “Caught Up in the Country,” showcases his evolving artistry with a mix of twangy celebrations and emotional depth. With six No. 1 singles, 3.8 billion career streams and multiple RIAA certifications, Atkins remains a powerful voice in country music.

The early aughts will remain a theme on Friday night, Sept. 13 at 8:30 p.m. when Smash Mouth comes to town. Smash Mouth has become a global phenomenon over its three-decade journey, evolving from its beginnings in San Jose, to international pop-rock icons with multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated status. Known for their live performances and universal appeal, they’ve cemented themselves with hits like “Walkin’ On The Sun” and “All-Star.” With numerous awards, TV and film appearances and collaborations with showbiz legends, Smash Mouth continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

To top it off on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 8:30 p.m., Smith, the ACM New Male Artist of the Year, will perform. Smith, blending backwoods soul, rock ‘n’ roll swagger and velvet-thunder vocals, draws inspiration from a diverse background and a personal journey marked by resilience. After losing everything in the 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise, CA, he turned to music for solace, leading to a road trip to Nashville. Now a fast-rising star, Smith’s Platinum-certified hit “Whiskey On You” and his debut album have garnered him over a billion streams, and he’s set to embark on his headline World On Fire tour 2024, followed by a tour with Morgan Wallen.

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