ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, left, and guitarist Billy Gibbons with drummer Frank Beard during the first song of their Grandstand set Monday night. ] JE

ZZ Top, Cheap Trick make a fairly cool finale at the grandstand

The two hall-of-fame bands finished off the grandstand series with familiar hits.
Brandi Carlile performed to a packed grandstand Saturday at the Minnesota State Fair.
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Brandi Carlile gets giddy at her great Minnesota State Fair concert

September 1
She seemed genuinely in awe at the response of the sell-out crowd in her biggest market.
On the last night of his current North American tour, Lionel Richie was perhaps extra chatty Friday at the State Fair grandstand.
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Lionel Richie is ham on a shtick at the Minnesota State Fair

August 31
He was chatty and comical in a sold-out hits-filled concert.
Daryl Hall, left, and John Oates early in their set Wednesday night at the Minnesota State Fair grandstand.
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Daryl Hall & John Oates finally land at State Fair

August 29
The grandstand was packed, but Hall's voice wasn't the guilty pleasure of the past.
Weird Al Yankovic performed "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota" early in his set Tuesday night at the Grandstand.
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'Weird Al' pulls some strings — and twine, too — in sold-out fair concert

August 28
Yankovic packed the State Fair grandstand with a full orchestra. No kidding.
Jonah Marais, a member of the band Why Don’t We, sang a solo part of one of the bands opening songs to thousands of screaming young fans at the Gran
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Live gigs run nonstop at the fair, and for one day, so did our music critic

August 26
From a local Tom Petty tribute band to the screaming boy-band fans at the grandstand, one critic took in 18 acts in 13 hours at the fair.
Darius Rucker, right, frontman for Hootie & the Blowfish, sang along guitarist Mark Bryan at the State Fair on Thursday night.
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Hootie, the bar band, blows up again at Minnesota State Fair

August 23
Twenty-five years later, the South Carolina group is bigger than ever.
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Culture Club, B-52s revisit the 1980s with State Fair show

September 5, 2018
Review: State Fair show celebrated MTV's heyday.
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En Vogue proves its '90s music is still fashionable at Minnesota State Fair

August 29, 2018
The pop/soul trio brought the memories at the Bandshell despite a steady drizzle.