Summer concert season is upon us, and it is great to feel like we can get out and enjoy shows. I love our county fairs, and we have been fortunate to have some great talent play in our area. But the state fairs are on a whole other level.


Illinois State Fair 

The Illinois State Fair isn't until August, but if you want to see some amazing concerts, you need to start planning now. The state fair is held in Springfield, IL which is about 4 hours away from Evansville, IN.

Previously Announced Grandstand Concerts:

    • Old Dominion - Friday, August 11, 2023, 8:00 PM
    • REO Speedwagon - Tuesday, August 15, 2023, 8:00 PM
    • Tim McGraw - Thursday, August 17, 2023, 8:00 PM
    • Maren Morris Saturday, August 19, 2023, 8:00 PM
    • Nelly with Ashanti + Ja RuleSunday, August 20, 2023, 8:00 PM

Headlining the 2023 Illinois State Fair - Alanis Morissette

I was literally just listening to 'Jagged Little Pill' over the weekend, and it brought me right back to the 90s. It also reminded me of the uncensored versions of her songs - Wow!

The concert is Sunday, August 13, 2023, 8:00 PM. Tickets start at $85 and that does not include admission to the fair. Tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster, and they go on sale Friday, May 25, 2023, at 10:00 AM.

Paving the Way for Women

"Jagged Little Pill" is widely regarded as one of the best albums from the 1990s. It earned Alanis Morissette five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, making her the youngest artist to win that category at the time. The album's success also contributed to the popularity of female singer-songwriters in the music industry.

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Remember this anthem from 1995?

Most recently, Alanis Morissette joined Lainey Wilson, Morgan Wade, Ingrid Andress, and Madeline Edwards for a performance at the CMT Music Awards in April.

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Before Blake there was Alanis

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This tidbit is certainly a blast from the past. Did you know that Alanis and Ryan Reynolds dated? They didn't just casually go out, either. Their relationship lasted 6 years.

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