Hunter Hayes Headlines The Great Allentown Fair’s Saturday Night
Multiple Grammy Award nominee to be joined by ‘The Voice’ finalist The Swon Brothers
Allentown, Pa. – Hunter Hayes, the 22-year-old acclaimed country singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist releasing his second studio album in May, will take over the Allentown Fair’s Grandstand stage on Saturday, August 30.
The Swon Brothers, the sibling country duo that gained recognition and a record deal making it to the finals of Season 4 on NBC’s The Voice, will open the show.
Tickets to the concert that include fair admission when purchased in advance are $49 and $29 for seats both on the track (floor) and in the grandstand, and $59 for a small standing pit area in front of the stage. They go on sale to the public starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5.
A Louisiana native, Hunter Hayes wasted little time getting his career started showing off his Cajun music chops on accordion at the tender age of 4 while accompanying country star Hank Williams, Jr. performing Williams’ legendary father’s hit “Jambalaya” on stage and national TV shows.
Hayes picked up the guitar at age 6 and other instruments soon after. In 2011 at age 19, he released “Hunter Hayes,” his first major studio album that showcased him singing lead and all background vocals and playing every instrument on the tracks including bass, drums, keyboard and mandolin in addition to guitar and accordion.
The album went Platinum and produced hit singles, “Storm Warning,” “Wanted” and “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” the latter two reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s “Hot Country Songs.” This quick ascent prompted his being named the Country Music Association’s “New Artist of the Year” in 2012 and helped him nab three Grammy Award nominations for that year including the “Best New Artist” in the all-music genre category.
He charged on in 2013 with “Encore,” a deluxe edition of his debut album that included the songs “I Want Crazy” that shot to No. 5 and “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” featuring a guest performance by pop artist Jason Mraz.
“I Want Crazy” scored the young star a 2013 Grammy Award nomination for “Best Country Solo Performance” and a high profile performance slot on the televised ceremonies this past January where he took to the piano to perform his ballad with poignant lyrics about being bullied and misunderstood, “Invisible.” The single is the first drop off of his new album, “Storyline,” that will be released in May.
Hayes just announced that he is making a run at beating the Guinesss World Records mark set by alternative rock group The Flaming Lips for the most concerts played in multiple cities within 24 hours. The effort to end child hunger is supported by ConAgra Foods. He will start with a live performance on ABC’s Good Morning America at 8 a.m. on May 8 and follow with nine whirlwind performances in venues in five other states, the last happening at 5 a.m. May 9 at the Trocadero in Philadelphia.
The Swon Brothers Zach and Coltron also started honing their musical skills at a young age performing in a gospel group with their parents in their home state of Oklahoma.
They got their big break last year when country star Blake Shelton took them under his wing as a coach on last spring’s season of “The Voice.” The charismatic siblings charmed and impressed the voting television audience becoming the first vocal and instrumental duo to make the finals.
The exposure led to a major label record deal and their first album due out this year. “Later On,” the album’s first single, has been released to radio and scored a record number first week of adds to playlists according to Country Aircheck tracker.
Starting Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m., tickets for the Hunter Hayes with special guest The Swon Brothers will be available at the Fair Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com, over the phone at 800-745-3000 and at Ticketmaster Centers.
Tickets for the previously announced Mötley Crüe, The Final Tour, with special guest Alice Cooper, Lady Antebellum with special guest Joe Nichols and Tim McGraw with special guest Jana Kramer concerts, advance discount ride wristbands and premium concert parking are also available at those locations.
For current tickets on sale, the box office is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. For more information on shows and the entire fair, visit the fair’s web site at www.allentownfairpa.org.
Contact: Bonnie Brosious/Terri Schwenk
The Great Allentown Fair Phone: 610-433-7541 Fax: 610-433-4005