Eli Young Band, a popular country music group, will be performing at the 2013 Nebraska State Fair on Aug. 30.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free with a wristband.
“The growth of EYB has been phenomenal, having started in college at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, in 1998, and gradually converting their fan base one state at a time to reach national prominence,” said Chelsey Jungck, Nebraska State Fair events and entertainment director.
EYB’s songs, “Crazy Girl” and “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” were back-to-back No. 1 platinum-certified singles. Eli Young Band has sold more than 3 million digital tracks. Its sound ranges from energetic quasi-rockers to steel-laden country songs. The band has released three studio albums.
Jungck said EYB has received three nominations for the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
“It will be their second consecutive nomination for Vocal Group of the Year, and ‘Even If It Breaks Your Heart’ is nominated in both the Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories,” she said.
EYB has opened for Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean and the Dave Matthews Band. The group made an appearance on an episode of ABC’s “The Bachelor” in January and performed “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno earlier this month. It has also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
This is the first performer announced for the 2013 Nebraska State Fair, Jungck said.
Jungck said there will be a good lineup for the 2013 Nebraska State Fair, with entertainment planned for all ages.
Nebraska State Fairgoers rated last year’s concerts above the 90 percent good-to-excellent mark in both entertainment value and overall enjoyment.
“Our priority each year is to seek out and bring the top entertainers from a number of genres to concert lovers at the Nebraska State Fair,” Jungck said.
She said with the Eli Young Band being a free concert with a wristband, it is a good indication of the quality of bands and performers that will be announced in coming weeks.
“It sets the stage for what’s to come,” Jungck said.
The Nebraska State Fair runs from Aug. 23 through Sept. 2.