The Sioux Empire Fair is proud to welcome country artists MICHAEL RAY with BlackHawk to the Campbell’s Main Stage on Thursday, August 9, 2018. The show is FREE with paid fair admission! Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 – 12.
Florida native, Michael Ray, grew up surrounded by music and started to learn guitar at age 10. In 2015 he released his self-titled debut album and scored two number one hits with “Kiss You in the Morning” and “Think a Little Less.” His dynamic sophomore album, “Amos,” picks up where that record left off, combining the vintage sounds he absorbed growing up with a contemporary polish that puts him at the forefront of a class of fresh young voices.
First single “Get to You” is a heartfelt plea for making a relationship work that utilizes Ray’s impressive vocal range, moving from a ruminative baritone to a tender falsetto croon. “Her World or Mine,” the album’s emotional centerpiece, breaks down the universal emotions of a break-up in heartbreaking and incisive detail. He turns up the tempo and the temperature with the pithy rocker “You’re On” and offers a slinky slice of wordplay with the whimsical “Fan Girl,” giving “Amos” a diverse feel that retains a cohesive whole.
Joining Michael Ray is multi-platinum-selling country artist, BlackHawk with Henry Paul (guitar, mandolin and vocals) and Dave Robbins (keyboards and vocals). They along with third founding member Van Stephenson exploded on to the country music landscape in 1993 with their debut smash "Goodbye Says It All". With a dozen top ten hits including two number ones to their credit and album sales that exceed 7 million records, they continue to carve out their own place in music history. Their unique musical character has been a catalyst in bringing non-country music fans to the genre. Blackhawk's faithful followers have continued to grow in numbers over the years based on the consistency of quality in their live show. Night after night Blackhawk puts on an inspired performance that resonates in the hearts and minds of music enthusiasts everywhere.