CLEARFIELD – On Friday, officials from the Clearfield County Fair and Park Board announced the lineup for the 2012 Clearfield County Fair Grandstand entertainment.
The Band Perry and Twisted Sister are two of the bands headling at this year’s fair.
The Band Perry will perform on Friday night. Inheriting a cross-pollinated love of country and rock & roll from their parents, The Band Perry – siblings Kimberly, Reid, and Neil Perry – say that they bleed the bright red blood of American music.
The three have always felt the drive to perform and create music, sweating out the summers in Mobile, Alabama playing in any dusty roadhouse or church that would have them. Kimberly strapped on her first Gibson – and fronted her first high school band – at age 15, employing Reid, then 10, and Neil, only 8, as her roadies. Changing guitar strings and polishing cymbals for their big sister lost its charm after awhile, so the brothers formed their own band, opening for Kimberly’s band.
“My bass and I’ve been attached at the hip since I was 10 years old,” says Reid. “While most of my friends were playing little league, I was sitting in my room learning Rolling Stones’ and Beatles’ bass lines. It’s really all I’ve ever known.”
Twisted Sister has been rocking since the 70s and is well known for the songs “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.” Opening for Twisted Sister are the bands Great White and Jack and Jill. Those bands will close out the fair on Saturday night.
Tuesday at the fair will feature Hot Chelle Rae. Before Hot Chelle Rae “fueled up the Jeep with bubbly elasti-funk and breezy hip-hop swagger” (as Entertainment Weekly put it) with their brand new single “I Like It Like That,” the Nashville-based quartet scored a bonafide breakthrough smash hit over the last several months with “Tonight Tonight.”
Declared “one of the catchiest pop-rock anthems of the summer” by USA Today, “Tonight Tonight” crashed into the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in July like an unruly teenager, shot to No. 1 at Hot AC radio in September, was certified double-platinum in the U.S., and certified platinum in Canada and Australia. Meanwhile, its hilarious video (featuring a cameo by guitarist Nash Overstreet’s brother, Glee’s Chord Overstreet) has racked up nearly 30 million views online, energizing the group’s active, devoted fan base. But it wasn’t until Jon Stewart sang a snippet of its chorus on The Daily Show that the band realized just how thoroughly “Tonight Tonight” had penetrated the mainstream.
On Wednesday The Clarks will take the stage. The Clarks are an American rock band that have somehow managed to stay together for 20+ years, support themselves through their music, and remain relative unknowns. Much in the way that Bob Seger was a Detroit-area favorite for over a decade before exploding on the national scene with his ‘Night Moves’ album, The Clarks, though musically worlds apart, have been superstars in and around their hometown of Pittsburgh, succeeding in PA as the national stage awaits them. Now, with the straight-ahead, guitar-driven rock of ‘Restless Days’ (out June 9 on High Wire/Fontana,) The Clarks are poised to make the same kind of mainstream crossover that Seger experienced in 1976.
Opening for the Clarks is Chris Higbee.
Returning to the fair for Thursday is Full Pull Productions Truck and Tractor Pull.
Tickets will go on sale for shows beginning April 9 online at the Clearfield County Fair’s Web site, or by stopping into the Fair Office. Tickets purchased prior to July 7 will feature free gate admission.