With the lineup for the 2016 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Summer Concert Series already announced, we’re now able to announce the opening acts that are coming for three of the shows, too.
Foreigner will perform Saturday, July 23, without an opening act, as will Building 429 on Sunday, July 24. Following those concerts, the final three will have openers:
- Monday July 25 – Trace Adkins with special guests The Garris Brothers Band.
- Tuesday July 26 – Chris Janson with special guest Jameson Rodgers.
- Wednesday July 27 – Eli Young Band with special guests The Wolfe Brothers.
Monday’s opening artists have local ties. Jeff Garris moved to the Nashville area in 1988 to pursue a career as a country guitarist, and his brother Jesse, a drummer, followed him six years later. They linked up with vocalist Gary Gibson and fiddle player Johnny Lee Carpenter. The group members, in addition to having played together over the years, have played individually with artists ranging from John Michael Montgomery to Tracy Lawrence, from Fern Husky to Tracy Byrd, from John Anderson to Mark Chesnutt.
Jameson Rodgers, a native of Batesville, Miss., had his sights set from a young age on baseball and music. Those passions led him to a baseball scholarship at Northwest Mississippi Community College where he played for two years. After transferring to the University of Southern Mississippi, he started writing songs. Rodgers formed a band that performed in bars and clubs in Southern Mississippi and developed a local following. In 2010, Rodgers moved to Nashville and began to hone his songwriting skills and played writers rounds as often as possible. His dedication finally paid off when he landed a publishing deal with Combustion/Atlas Music in 2014. Rodgers is currently working on his debut EP that will be released this spring.
The Wolfe Brothers in mid-2012 captured the attention of their home country and were voted into second place in the final of the prime time television show “Australia’s Got Talent.” Nick Wolfe (lead vocals and guitar) and Tom Wolfe (bass guitar and vocals) play with their best friend, Brodie Rainbird (guitar). Australian music industry veteran Stephen White (SWM) signed the band for management and he took their new recordings to his friend in Nashville, producer Luke Wooten.
In June 2013 the band was invited to Nashville to perform at the CMA Global Artists Party. This trip gave them the opportunity to catch up with Luke Wooten and after some late-night bonding in various honky tonks around Music City they became firm friends and agreed that Luke would fly to Australia to produce the band’s second album, 2014’s follow-on to their first album, released in 2013. Nick Wolfe said, “Our hopes and dreams seem to be becoming reality and are falling into place one step at a time at present. The next dream for us to turn into reality is to relocate to Nashville and to tour the United States. This will happen in the summer of 2016 and we cannot wait to take our music to America.”
The 2016 Elkhart County 4-H Fair will run July 22-30.
Grandstand seating for all concerts is free after fair admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved track seats for the Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday shows will go on sale May 21 at www.4hfair.org. The reserved track seats for each show will cost $35, not counting fair admission.