There's an argument to be made for Lady Antebellum's Erie County Fair show as even more anticipated than Dierks Bentley's celebrated Monday gig.
At 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Gusto Grandstand, the three-piece country-pop band from Nashville, Tenn. will showcase major hits like "Need You Now," "I Run to You" and "Just a Kiss" while also previewing their September album, 747.
Although Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel contributor Jon M. Gilbertson admitted that Lady A is "the biggest country-pop group of the last decade," the rest of his Aug. 10 review wasn't exactly strewn with praise -- pointing to rather blatant cases of Lady A's self-promotion that "exemplified the Nashville creed of professionalism over passion." Ouch.
Regardless of that publication's perspective on a single concert, the band comprising Hillary Scott (vocals), Charles Kelley (vocals, guitar) and Dave Haywood (vocals, guitar, mandolin) has earned recognition during an era when male-female vocal harmonies returned to mainstream prestige (The Civil Wars, the Band Perry), but releasing five studio albums over a span of six years -- plus winning seven Grammy Awards -- hasn't hurt their cause, either.
Tickets are still available, as general admission runs for $55 and special Blue Ribbon Reserve passes cost $80.
Here are the rest of the events scheduled for the Fair today: