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March 22, 2013

Award-Winning Singer And Songwriter John Mayer To Entertain At Illinois State Fair
American Idol Phillip Phillips to open the Aug. 11 show

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Acclaimed blues rock musician John Mayer will perform at the 2013 Illinois State Fair.  The seven-time Grammy Award winner will take the Grandstand stage Sunday, Aug. 11 as the headline act for a concert that also will feature Phillip Phillips, the reigning American Idol champion.

“The state fair strives to bring nationally-known entertainers to Springfield and artists of this caliber can only further its reputation as a venue for the biggest names in the music industry,” State Fair Manager Amy Bliefnick said.  “This is an exceptional booking and I can’t wait to welcome John and Phillip to the fairgrounds.”

Mayer is best-known for his hit singles “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” “Daughters,” “Waiting on the World to Change” and “Say,” all of which earned him Grammys for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.  He has recorded three number one albums, including his most recent release, “Born and Raised.”

Phillips was crowned American Idol champion in May of 2012.  His debut album “The World from the Side of the Moon” was released just six months later and already has been certified Gold. 

Tickets for the show, which range in price from $40 for a Tier 3 seat to $65 for a VIPit pass, will go on sale Saturday, March 30, beginning at 10 a.m.  They can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster outlet. 

The 2013 fair begins Thursday, Aug. 8, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 18.  Additional information about the Grandstand line-up is posted on the Illinois State Fair’s website at www.illinoisstatefair.info


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