September 30, 2014

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Brantley Gilbert rounds out fair concert slate

Brantley Gilbert, riding the wave of success of two No. 1 singles, is preparing to kick off his first headlining tour later this year and an early tune-up for that will be a performance at the Lorain County Fair.

Gilbert will perform in the grandstand at the county fairgrounds in Wellington on Tuesday evening, following the Monday night show featuring Justin Moore.

Moore’s appearance was announced earlier while Gilbert’s show had to be kept quiet until today because of contractual rules.

Gilbert has had two No. 1s, “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” and “Country Must Be Country Wide” and a successful sophomore album, “Halfway to Heaven.”

His shows are described by reviewers as high energy, and the 27-year-old already has served as an opening act for Eric Church and Toby Keith. His own tour kicks off Sept. 27 in Indiana.

Tim Buchs, chairman of the fair’s entertainment committee, said the timing seemed right to go after Gilbert for a gig at the fair.

“All the indicators were that he was going to be big,’’ Buchs said. “He’s at that point where he’s starting to get recognition. If you catch them too soon, nobody knows them. If you catch them too late, we can’t afford them. He’s in the middle, and we were successful.”

Gilbert signed with Big Machine Label Group’s imprint, The Valory Music Co., in February 2011. The label is host to such superstars as Reba McEntire and Jewel, as well as fellow fair performer Moore.

Tickets will be $27 for all seats, and the easiest way to buy them is to visit www.loraincountyfair.com. There is a seating chart on the website.

Tickets for Moore’s performance are $20 each and also may be purchased via the website. Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s fair runs Aug. 20 to 26 and a list of special events is available on the fair’s website.

Contact Julie Wallace at 329-7157 or jwallace@chroniclet.com.