Fair Announces Entertainment

00:00 AM April 16, 2018

Submitted by Todd Mickley, Director of Publicity


MORRISON -- The Whiteside County Fair is only four months away and we are all set with an impressive lineup of entertainment! Get ready for not just one, but two entertainment groups in front of the Grandstand on Wednesday night! Wednesday night’s main event will be Singer/Songwriter “Keith Anderson” at 8:00 p.m., with the family friendly “Martin Family Circus” opening at 6:30 p.m.


Keith Anderson will be the featured act on Wednesday
night at the 2018 Whiteside County Fair.

Keith Anderson will be sure to get you on your feet during his show! Keith’s latest song “I’ll Bring the Music” sums up Anderson to a T. That is one thing that you can always say about this academic athlete from Miami, OK, who has always excelled at anything he has put his mind to, is he WILL bring the Music.


Anderson has co-written hits for other artists, most notably “Lost In This Moment”, the No. 1 smash for Big & Rich which garnered him a CMA and ACM Song of the Year nomination. He also co-wrote the Grammy-nominated, “Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?) for Garth Brooks and George Jones, “The Bed” for Gretchen Wilson and “Barn Burner” for Jason Michael Carroll.

His debut CD, “Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll”, was certified Gold and garnered two Top 10 hits (accompanied by two No. 1 music videos), “Pickin’ Wildflowers,” and “Every Time I Hear Your Name,” along with two Top 30 hits “XXL” ad “Podunk”. This success prompted music trades Billboard and Radio & Records to name him country music’s No. 1 New Male Artist of 2005 and the top new solo country artist of the year.


Taking the lead with other gold and platinum artists, Anderson decided to take hold of the reigns this time by launching his music his own way and letting the fans help drive his music and passion. “I’ll Bring the Music” has had a huge resonance with the fans.” says Anderson. “As I tour all over the country, that is the song that gets them on their feet and is the song they are still singing as they head out the door. It reminds me of how “Pickin’ Wildflowers” moved them.” And now Sirius XM Radio is “Dancin’ to the beat” as it has been added to The Highway channel 59’s program, “On The Horizon”.


One thing is for sure…Keith Anderson will “Bring The Music” every time!


"Pickin' Wildflowers" Video


Opening before Keith Anderson at 6:30 p.m. will be entertainment by the Martin Family Circus.


Just as one might imagine a circus to be – upbeat, unexpected, accomplished, and exciting – Martin Family Circus aims to bring that same joy to every audience with their heartwarming and lively “music that makes you smile!” This self-contained, vocal-driven melodic band of 2 parents and 4 kids packs a punch, combining their rich harmonies in a soaring blend that Rolling Stone magazine dubbed “exuberant.”


The Martin Family Circus will open the entertainment
on the main stage on Wednesday night.

Fueled by a mutual passion for many genres and longing for a fun, family-friendly musical experience for their kids, Paul and Jamie began singing together in 2010 with their four children: March (19), Kell (16), Texas (11), and Tallant (10). They quickly realized that the kids all showed an uncanny ability to hear harmonies and pitch, and also proficiency for playing instruments.

So where did it all begin? Grammy Award-winning artist Paul Martin, lead singer/guitarist of country-pop group Exile, met and married Jamie Allen, daughter of Duane Allen of Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys. Growing up, their four children were exposed to 4 generations of rich musical heritage, and they watched as each child showed God-given musical talents. Regional performances began to boom, leading to appearances on national television shows like The Oak Ridge Boys’ American Legion Christmas Special, The Marty Stuart Show, Country’s Family Reunion, Gaither Homecoming, and Larry’s Country Diner.


Thank you for supporting the Whiteside County Fair. There is no doubt without your continued patronage, our fair could not remain as we have enjoyed over the past years. We appreciate your ongoing support to keep our fair going strong, so we can continue on with this important part of our county’s heritage for years to come. The Fair opens on Tuesday, August 14th and completes after five amazing days on Saturday, August 18th, you won’t want to miss it!! The 148th annual fair is held at the fairgrounds in Morrison, IL. Check out our website for more information about the fair at www.whitesidecountyfair.org or Facebook @whitesidecountyfair.


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