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Steven Tyler will rock the State Fair grandstand

Steven Tyler will perform Sept. 3 at the Washington State Fair.
Steven Tyler will perform Sept. 3 at the Washington State Fair. Invision file, 2016

Best known as the lead singer for the rock band Aerosmith, Steven Tyler will perform Sept. 3 at the Washington State Fair.

Tyler and the band have released 15 studio albums, selling more than 150 million copies worldwide. Along the way, the band has received four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. The band has had nine No. 1 hits, 25 gold, 18 platinum and 12 multi-platinum albums.

Individually, Tyler released his debut solo album, “We’re All Somebody From Somewhere,” in July 2016. He was also included in Rolling Stone’s list of 100 greatest singers. He and bandmate Joe Perry were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013.

Beyond music, Tyler’s career includes a stint as a judge on “American Idol,” he was in the films “Clubland” and “Polar Express,” has been on TV shows including “The Simpsons,” “Two and a Half Men” and “Nashville.”

The show will open at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by The Loving Mary Band.

Tickets are $60-$90 and include admission to the fair. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday and will be available at thefair.com, 888-559-3247 from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily or at the fair’s box office at Ninth Avenue Southwest and Meridian from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.

Rodeo and country concerts

Country music singers Granger Smith and Easton Corbin also have been added to the concert series, performing after the rodeo Sept. 8 and 9, respectively. The rodeo will begin with an evening performance Sept. 7 and run through the finals on Sept. 10.

A native of Texas, the 37-year-old Smith taught himself to play the guitar at the age of 14 and was performing across northern Texas by the next year. He self-released his first album at the age of 19. That landed him a contract with EMI Music Publishing and a move to Nashville. He has released eight albums, performed at the White House three times and performed for troops in Iraq and Kuwait.

Now 34, Corbin released his self-titled debut album in 2010, including the No. 1 hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It.” The Florida native followed that in 2012 with the album “All Over the Road,” which hit No. 2 on the country charts, and then hit No. 1 with “About to Get Real” in 2015.

The traditional rodeo parade and cattle drive will take place at 10 a.m. Sept. 8. There will be free gate admission from 10 a.m.-noon, with a donation of school supplies to aid Communities in Schools.

Tickets for the two concerts are $40. Tickets for the rodeo Sept. 7 are $15-$30, or $66 for a family of four through Sept. 4; $15-$35, or $66 for a family of four for the Sept. 9 matinee, through Sept. 4; and $30-$40 for Sept. 8, the evening of Sept. 9 and Sept. 10.

Ticket sales to the general public will open at 10 a.m. Saturday. Tickets will be available at thefair.com, 888-559-FAIR (3247) 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily and at the fair box office at Ninth Avenue Southwest and Meridian from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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