As the summer kicks into high gear, many Minnesotans can't help but to think of late August. The Minnesota State Fair is the biggest event in the state every year, drawing millions from all over the state to the fairgrounds. Nothing really has to change from year to year to get folks back to the "The Great Minnesota Get-Together," but hearing about new foods, concerts and events always sweetens the pot.
This year, there are a host of free concerts. The Grandstand is always a huge draw for music fans, but for those not looking to spend money on concert tickets, there are plenty of other options at 2015's fair.
Bandshell Tonight! has plenty of great free shows; Andy Grammer, who is a rising pop star with his current hit, "Honey, I'm Good," will be the most notable name to put on a free show at the fair.
Reel Big Fish is another significant name to be playing a free show this year. This group was one of the biggest names of the short-lived ska-punk phase; though their moment as a heavy hitter may have passed, they still have plenty of great tracks to entertain a live crowd. Those who want to have a little nostalgia for the mid-90s should find this concert right up their alley.
Local musician Charlie Parr will be playing a few times throughout the fair. He has a local following of fans who love his blues-y style. He has many shows throughout the fair this year and hopes to grab some new fans with each performance.
There are many other free concerts throughout the 12 days of the fair; check the Minnesota State Fair's website for more details on concerts and everything else fair related.
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