YAKIMA, Wash. — Classic rock band Styx headlines the Central Washington State Fair concert lineup announced Tuesday, along with country bands Lonestar and Sawyer Brown, pop group Plain White T’s, Christian rockers Kutless, Western group Riders in the Sky and comedy duo Williams and Ree.
Led by longtime member Tommy Shaw, this incarnation of Styx includes original guitarist James “J.Y.” Young, but does not include former vocalist and keyboardist Dennis DeYoung. The band, known for hits such as “Lady,” “Come Sail Away” and “Mr. Roboto,” will play at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21.
Riders in the Sky, who have won two Grammys for their children’s music, are Grand Ol’ Opry members with a style built to appeal to families. They play at 6 p.m. Sept. 22.
Plain White T’s, whose hit “Hey There Delilah” reached No. 1 in 2007, have now been around for more than a decade and have six studio albums to their name. They play at 5 p.m. Sept. 23.
Kutless, a Portland-based Christian rock band, has sold more than 1.5 million albums since its 2002 debut. It plays at 7 p.m. Sept. 25.
Lonestar, led by singer Richie McDonald, who returned to the group in 2011 after a three-year absence, is best known for country hits such as “Amazed,” “No News” and “My Front Porch Looking In.” Lonestar plays at 7 p.m. Sept. 26.
Comedians Williams and Ree have performed at the fair many times over the years, becoming local favorites. They play at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27.
Founded in 1984, Sawyer Brown is one of the longest-running and most successful country bands touring today. Its hits include “Step That Step,” “Some Girls Do” “The Walk” and “Thank God For You.” Sawyer Brown plays at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28.
“We are very happy with this year’s lineup of entertainers,” fair President and General Manager Greg Stewart said in a news release. “We have worked hard at getting a variety of different kinds of groups to appeal to many different tastes.”
The fair is still looking to add an act that appeals to young audiences for the open Sept. 24 date. And the organization plans to present a “big name Latino act” on Sept. 29, he said.