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RALEIGH — The 2014 N.C. State Fair Dorton Arena lineup will feature performances by country, gospel, rock and contemporary Christian artists, along with a stand-up comedian.
Shows start at 7:30 p.m., and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 at ncstatefair.org.
•Vanilla Ice will kick off the series on Oct. 16, with a Throwback Thursday show. The rapper and reality TV show personality became the first hip-hop artist to top the Billboard pop singles chart with his hit Ice Ice Baby in 1990. ($5)
•Oct. 17 will feature gospel artist Tamela Mann. Mann began her career as a singer with the gospel group, Kirk Franklin and the Family. ($10)
•Country music artist Clay Walker will take the stage Oct. 18. Walker has released 11 albums and charted 30 country singles, including six No. 1 hits. ($12)
•North Carolina’s own Parmalee will perform Oct. 19. Featured as one of Clear Channel’s New Artists to Watch, Parmalee hit No. 1 with Carolina in December 2013. ($10)
•Country music duo Love and Theft will perform Oct. 20. The duo is best known for its No. 1 platinum single, Angel Eyes. ($10)
•James Gregory, the self-proclaimed funniest man in America, will bring his stand-up comedy show to Dorton on Oct. 21. ($5)
•Country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark will perform Oct. 22.
Her songs have been recorded by Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker and Kacey Musgraves. ($5)
•Christian pop-rock band the Newsboys will perform Oct. 24. Founded in 1985, Newsboys have released 16 studio albums, six of which have been certified gold and are winners of five Dove Awards. ($10)
•Country music superstar Trace Adkins will perform Oct. 25. Adkins has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and has sold over 10 million albums. ($17)
•Hard-rocking Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will close out the 2014 N.C. State Fair concert series Oct. 26. Together, the band has eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles. ($15)