Sam Hunt (center) rocked the soldout grandstand on Monday. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï cgonzalez@startribune.com - September 4, 2017, Falcon Heights, MN, Min

Sam Hunt proves worthy as genre-blending headliner

The new country star raised the temperature and spirits of the 13,140 fans as soon as he hit the stage with "Leave the Night On."
R&B star Usher performed at the State Fair grandstand. For more photos from the show, go to startribune.com/galleries.
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Yeah! Usher delivers big thrills to R&B fans at the fair

September 1, 2017
REVIEW: Playing without a band, he got a little help from his pal, rapper Lil Jon.
Kirstin Maldonado, from left, Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi of Pentatonix perform at the Minnesota State Fair. ] LEILA NAVIDI ï leila.navidi@startrib
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Pentatonix turns on vocal charm at State Fair

August 31, 2017
REVIEW: When PTX did covers, things got exciting at the sold-out grandstand.
John Mellencamp with his band early in his State Fair Grandstand set Tuesday night.
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John Mellencamp at the Fair: Art meets radio-ready music

August 30, 2017
REVIEW: He and Carlene Carter sparkled together.
Toby Keith, shown here in Naperville, Ill., in June, returned to the Minnesota State Fair for his fourth grandstand headlining set Sunday. Invision/As
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Toby Keith gets wacky but not political with 3 Doors Down at State Fair

August 28, 2017
The country star and rockers 3 Doors Down each avoided politics at the grandstand.
Rock legend Stevie Nicks hit the State Fair grandstand for the first time in her 45-year career on Friday night.
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Stevie Nicks' fair debut cut short by weather

August 27, 2017
The Fleetwood Mac vet mostly stuck to solo material again.
Lead vocalist Chad Kroeger performed with Nickelback at the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday.
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Review: Nickelback reminds fairgoers how lowbrow it can go in grandstand show

August 25, 2017
Like dudes at the midway arcade games yelling out challenges to passersby, both opening act Daughtry and Nickelback made it seem like their biggest job of the night was to sell loads and loads of alcohol.
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Bonnie Raitt gets emotional over Minnesota in gracious, spirited concert

September 6, 2016
She showed love for Prince and a host of local musicians.
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Review: Sweet homespun Alabama does it again at the State Fair

September 2, 2016
The deeply Southern harmonizers hit the grandstand for the 19th time, more than any other performers in Minnesota State Fair history.
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