Country singer Aaron Watson and rocker Bret Michaels will headline the musical acts that will perform at the East Texas State Fair this year.

The concerts will mark a major expansion to the fair’s lineup of music, said Cody Rosenbalm, director of marketing for The Park of East Texas, the organization that stages the fair.

A new access-restricted outdoor stage, called the Stonewall Roofing Stage, will be created to accommodate crowds for what is expected be the two largest concerts ever to be held at the fair, according to Tuesday’s announcement.

“The idea for the Stonewater Roofing Stage was conceived from an overall goal to create more immersive experiences for Fairgoers,” John Sykes, president of The Park of East Texas, said in a news release. “This new venue will differ from other live concerts by allowing the concertgoer to feel more connected to the artist by enhancing the experience through special effects, video, and a very unique atmosphere.”

Rosenbalm said East Texas State Fair patrons have come to expect great live music as part of the fair-going experience.

“This is taking it to the next level,” he said.

The fair is set for Sept. 20-29 on the East Texas State Fairgrounds, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. Watson, along with opening act, Chris Colston, is set to perform on Sept. 21 and Michaels, with opening act Ashmore, will perform on Sept. 28.

Tickets to the Watson and Michaels concerts cost $30 each and include fair admission. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at etstateFair.com.

The limited number of tickets are expected to sell quickly, Rosenbalm said. Tickets to the concerts will not be sold at the gate.

A native of West Texas, Watson has been performing and recording country music for about 10 years. Three of his albums, “Real Good Time,” “The Underdog” and “Vaquero,” all made into the Top 10 of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. His most recent album, “Red Bandana” was released this month.

His biggest single to date has his been his 2017 hit “Outta Style.”

Michaels spent much of his career as the lead singer of Poison, a heavy metal band whose hits include the No. 1 song “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” Michaels also has enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist and reality television star.

The Stonewater Roofing Stage also will be the site of the La Invasora Conjunto Fest set for Sept. 29 at the fair. There is no additional charge to attend Conjunto Fest, which will feature La Fiera de Ojinaga and other Tejano bands.

Free concerts at 9 p.m. daily will be presented at the fair’s Community Stage. The lineup for the Community Stage is:

  • Sept 20, Mike & The Moonpies;
  • Sept. 21, Sabrina Toole;
  • Sept. 22, The Tuxedo Cats;
  • Sept. 23, The Bluez Boyz;
  • Sept. 24, Tyler Junior College Jazz Ensemble
  • Sept. 25, Amy Holden;
  • Sept. 26, UT Tyler Jazz Ensemble;
  • Sept. 27, Holly Tucker;
  • Sept. 28, Billie Jo.

Other shows on the Community Stage will be Rock Bottom Boys at 12:15, 5 and 6:30 p.m. daily from Sept. 20 to 28; Duelly Noted at 1, 5:45 and 7:15 p.m. Sept. 20 to 28; and David Beck’s Tejano Weekend at 3:30, 5 and 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 29.

Besides live music, the fair will have livestock shows, a midway, competitions and exhibits.

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