State fair to rock with 17 concerts this year

Staff Reports

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Fair has scheduled 17 nights of concerts for this year’s event set for Aug. 3 to 19.

The Chevrolet Free Stage features a concert every night the fair is in session. The show is free with paid fair admission.

The final addition to the lineup is Robby Krieger, former guitarist with The Doors, who performed 50 years ago with drummer John Densmore, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and singer Jim Morrison.

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The band’s 1967 debut album, “The Doors,” would become one of rock’s all-time classics, featuring “Light My Fire,” written by Krieger. After the Doors disbanded, Krieger released several solo albums starting in 1977 and in 2002, and reformed the Doors with Manzarek, until a dispute with Densmore resulted in a name change to Riders on the Storm.

Krieger performs Doors songs with his current group, the Robby Krieger Band, which is signed to perform Aug. 18 at the fair.

Here is the full State Fair free concert lineup.

Aug. 3: Rick Springfield

Aug. 4: Natalie Stovall and The Drive with openers Cook & Belle and The Brett Wiscons Band

Aug. 5: Why Don’t We

Aug. 6: Anthony Hamilton

Aug. 7: Tyler Childers

Aug. 8: Randy Houser and special guest Nora Collins

Aug. 9: Kool & The Gang

Aug. 10: Hanson

Aug. 11: Warrant with FireHouse, with openers DUDE! and Rok Hollywood

Aug. 12: For King & Country will be headlining the Contemporary Christian Music Festival, with Sarah Reeves, All the Astronauts, and Jonathan Jackson

Aug. 13: Happy Together Tour featuring The Turtles, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association, Mark Lindsay (formerly of Paul Revere & The Raiders) and The Cowsills

Aug. 14: Dirty Deeds USA: Xtreme AC/DC Tribute

Aug. 15: Grand Funk Railroad, with opener The Easthills

Aug. 16: An Evening with Hunter Hayes

Aug. 17: Here Come The Mummies

Aug. 18: Robbie Kriefer of The Doors with openers Brandon Whyde and Os Gringos

Aug. 19: Kirk Franklin, headlining the Gospel Music Festival

Tickets to the Indiana State Fair are available online at a discounted rate of $8 (plus a convenience fee) on the Indiana State Fair’s website or can be purchased at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office during normal business hours. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for $13. Information: