The Grammy-nominated Christian band has been touted throughout their 15-year career as “authentic and amazing – uplifting and unforgettable,” along with being “truly focused on bringing glory to God.” Jason Roy (vocals), Michael Anderson (drums), Jesse Garcia (guitars), and Aaron Branch (bass) have tirelessly and passionately exhorted the faith community with popular battle cries such as “Where I Belong” and “We Won’t Be Shaken.” In fact, their songs have also reached the peak of the radio charts. Building 429 held the No. 1 spot with “We Won’t Be Shaken” on Billboard’s Hot AC/CHR chart and AC Indicator for multiple weeks, eventually resulting in a nomination for the band at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards (Top Christian Song).
The platinum-selling Eli Young Band will take the main stage at the fair grandstands Wednesday, July 27, to wrap up this summer’s concert series. With three No. 1 hits under their belt as well as a Grammy nomination and an Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year for their hit “Crazy Girl,” the Eli Young Band approached their second Republic Nashville album, 10,000 Towns, with a sense of confidence and purpose. “We were genuinely excited about making this new record,” said bassist Jon Jones. “People talk about the sophomore record being really tough to make and in a lot of ways this felt like our sophomore record even though it’s technically our fifth record as a band.”
“We learned over the progression of those records our strong points in the studio, and we were confident,” added drummer Chris Thompson, “We knew what we wanted and how to get what we wanted.” It’s been a long, steady rise for Jones, Thompson, lead vocalist Mike Eli and guitarist James Young, but the same four musicians have been together from the start and are now reaping the rewards. They began performing together in 2000, and with the 2011 release of their Republic Nashville debut, “Life at Best,” the Eli Young Band scored their first No. 1 hit with “Crazy Girl.” The double platinum single became the # 1 most played country song of the year on Billboard’s 2011 year end chart and earned them the ACM Award for Song of the Year.
Tickets for reserved track seats for the Eli Young Band show — and all other shows other than Building 429 — will go on sale May 21 at www.4hfair.org. The reserved track seats for each show will be $35, and that doesn’t include fair admission. Grandstand seating for all shows is free with paid fair admission and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The full concert line-up for this year is:
- Saturday, July 23: Foreigner
- Sunday, July 24: Building 429 (FREE TRACK SEATS AND FREE FAIR ADMISSION)
- Monday, July 25: Trace Adkins
- Tuesday, July 26: Chris Janson
- Wednesday, July 27: Eli Young Band
The 2016 Elkhart County 4-H Fair, “Let’s Pull Together for 4-H,” runs July 22-30.