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State Fair music lineup packs a diverse punch in 2022

Pop, classic rock, norteño and R&B are all accounted for with marquee acts.

The State Fair of Texas is back, and for many, that means a packed slate of concerts to be enjoyed, just like the latest deep-fried delicacy or another trip around the Texas Star.

If there’s a theme to this year’s Chevrolet Main Stage schedule, it just might be diversity. Pop, classic rock, norteño and R&B are all accounted for with marquee acts.

Even the country artists boast a diverse range of approaches. There’s the slick pop sound of Trace Adkins, the honky-tonk red dirt country of Jason Boland and the Stragglers, the literate, folk-inflected country of the iconic Lucinda Williams and the punk-forward twang of North Texas outlaws the Vandoliers.

Oh, and there’s more:

  • Sept. 30 The king of “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” himself, Trace Adkins, at 8:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 1. R&B queen Ashanti brings her early 2000s hits with her at 4 p.m.
  • Oct. 1 The legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band will bring its New Orleans flavor to the fair at 8:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 2 Regional Mexican crew La Fiera de Ojinaga takes the stage at 8:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 4 Offering a fiery mix of rock and Latino jams, the Chris Pérez Band plays at 8:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 5 Perhaps the king of all Elvis tribute artists, Kraig Parker, performs twice, at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 6 Dallas alt-rock duo Jackopierce performs at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 7 The Vandoliers, a hard-to-define, rowdy band of locals, play at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 8 Twangy folk-rockers Jamestown Revival takes the stage at 8:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 9 Grammy-winning Americana queen Lucinda Williams performs at 8:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 10 Popular disco cover band Le Freak gets its freak on, early, at 3 and 5:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 14 Jason Boland and the Stragglers are simply a can’t-miss country band at 8:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 15 Clap-happy Californian indie-pop act Fitz and the Tantrums performs at 8:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 16 Sing along to “Sister Christian” with ‘80s rock heroes Night Ranger at 8:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 21 Fans of television’s The Voice can see Girl Named Tom in person at 8:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 22 Resurrection, a Journey tribute, pays, well, tribute to the power-ballad titans at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 23 Grammy-winning, Houston-born La Mafia closes out the fair’s main stage lineup at 3 p.m.

In addition to the Chevrolet Main Stage performances, the State Fair of Texas will feature two other stages hosting live music; you can find the lineup at Fairgoers can attend performances at no additional cost beyond admission.

UPDATED at 2:55 p.m. Sept. 26 to add the Oct. 6 listing.

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