Blues rock singer Melissa Etheridge will be the headline performer Aug. 9, the first night of the 2017 Douglas County Fair in Roseburg.
Douglas County Fair Director Harold Phillips announced this year’s lineup at a press conference at the county fairgrounds Monday morning.
Etheridge has won two Grammy awards and received 11 nominations. Top hits include “I’m the Only One,” “Come to my Window” and “I want to Come Over.” She was named Songwriter of the Year at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996.
Saturday at the fair will be a family day, with kids getting free admission. Carnival wristbands can be purchased ahead of time for a 30 percent savings, beginning in May.
Multiple acts are scheduled Saturday, with the hope of avoiding a situation like last year when headliner Seether pulled out at the last minute. In the past 21 years, three bands have canceled last minute, leaving the fair without a headliner for a day. It happens, but it won’t happen Saturday at this year’s fair, Phillips said.
“The whole day is planned so that really can’t happen, that particular day,” Phillips said.
Phillips said Saturday is already a day many families have free to bring their kids to the fair, so it made sense “to incorporate high value entertainment and high value attractions for that day to make it special, increase value for the families. I just thought it important and changed it up a bit.”
The day is already shaping up, he said.
Phillips said he’s working with a local promoter with Youth for Christ on bringing a nationally-known Christian artist to the fair for a Saturday afternoon performance. That concert will raise funds for the Howell family, which lost six of its members in a Riddle house fire earlier this month. Phillips said the artist will be announced once the performance is confirmed.
Saturday’s performances this year will also include the Hispanic band Los Canarios, and Southern Oregon country band Billy Lund & Whiskey Weekend. The day will also feature the “Challenge of Champions” show in the grandstands, with bull-riding and bull-fighting cowboys.
Other performances announced Monday morning include the country rock band Old Dominion, slated for Thursday Aug. 10, and alternative rock band Papa Roach, slated for Friday Aug. 11.
Old Dominion hails from Nashville, Tennessee. The band has been nominated for two Country Music Awards, including Best New Artist and Vocal Group of the Year. They’ve also been nominated for Favorite Duo or Group — Country for the 2016 American Music Awards. The band includes lead singer Matthew Ramsey, lead guitarist Brad Tursi, instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, bassist Geoff Sprunt and drummer Whit Sellers. The band’s hits include the chart-topping “Break Up With Him,” and the top 10 hit “Song For Another Time.”
Papa Roach is an alternative rock band from Vacaville, California. It formed in 1993 and features Jacoby Shaddix on vocals, Jerry Horton on guitar, Tobin Esperance on bass and Tony Palermo on Drums. The band received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 2001 and for best music video the same year for “Broken Home.” It was also nominated as best new artist in the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. Hits include “Last Resort,” “Between Angels and Insects,” “She Loves Me Not,” and “Scars.”
Tickets go on sale April 1, beginning at 8 a.m. in the fair office at the fairgrounds, and at 10 a.m. online at douglasfairgrounds.com.