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Four Shows Announced
For Allentown Fair
The Great Allentown Fair an
nounces four of its six grandstand
concerts for the 1994 exposition
running Aug. 30-Sept. S.
Kicking off the shows as he did
last year, singer-songwriter Barry
Manilow returns to the Fair Wed
nesday, Aug. 31. Country music
fans get a heaping-helping of en
tertainment starting with Alan
Jackson on Friday, Sept. 2, con
tinuing with Vince Gill on Satur
day, Sept. 3 and culminating with
Reba McEntire and John Michael
Montgomery on the same bill for
Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.
Tickets for all four concerts go
on sale at the Fair Box Office
starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. May
24. They also can be purchased
that day at Ticketmaster locations
or by dialing Ticketmaster charge
by-phone after 9 a.m. at (215)-
336-2000 or (717)-693-4100,
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Barry Manilow played to a full
grandstand during his first-ever
Fair appearance last year. He
plans to vary this year’s show
which is a continuation of his
“Greatest Hits” tour.
Most of the 25 consecutive
top-40 hits he composed Manilow
sings and performs at the piano.
On lively renditions like “Copaca
bana” and “It’s A Miracle,” Mani
low joins back-up singers and
dancers in lavish stage produc
Alan Jackson has gone from un
known to top country superstar
status in rapid pace. Another sing
er-songwriter, Jackson scored big
with his “Here In The Real
World” single in 1980. He follow
ed with “Don’t Rock The Juke
box” and “Chattahoochee,” which
just last week won the Academy
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of Country Music’s best single of
Jackson co-hosted the Aca
demy’s award ceremonies with
Reba McEntire who, with seven,
tied him for the most award nom
inations. He picked up best album
of the year honors for “A Lot
About Living’ (And a Little ’Bout
Love).” His three aibuips in four
years have exceeded 8.7 million in
On the country scene since
1985, Vince Gill hit a career high
capturing the Country Music As
sociation’s (CMA's) coveted En
tertainer of the Year Award for
1993. His album “I Still Believe in
You” and its title track racked up
two Grammys and two more
CMA awards for the year. He also
took honors at The Academy of
Country Music’s awards being
named as top male vocalist of the
Together on one bill at the Fair,
Rebae McEntire and John Michael
Montgomery is a pairing of pinna
cle success and rising stardom.
More than just the reigning
queen of country music. McEntire
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has achieved celebrity status
stretching beyond her Vocal
career. While the flaming redhead
became famous for her feisty per
formance on stage and top-selling
recordings, she has pursued an
acting career starring in big screen
and television movies. Her latest
release, a Rob Reiner film entitled
“North,” is due out this spring.
McEntire is also receiving
much national magazine and talk
show attention for her newly-out
autobiography. “Reba McEntire,
Montgomery is among the new
breed of country male performers
who have catapulted to fame by
incorporating into their sound
musical influences from the late
’7os and early ’Bos. With his sec
ond album released in February,
“Kickin’ It Up,” he became only
the third country artist to crack the
No. 1 spot of Billboard maga
zine’s top 200 chart.
This crossover appeal helped
him to win the American Music
Award’s favorite new country art-
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ist this year. “I Jove the Way You
Love Me” was named the Aca
demy of Country Music’s best
song of the year and Montgomery
was picked as the Academy’s best
new male vocalist.
Tickets on the open-air track
and in the covered grandstand are
$22.50 for the Manilow and Mc-
Entirc/Montgomcry dates, $2l for
Jackson and $19.50 for Gill. All
shows begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Fair Box Office, located
east of the grandstand on the fair
grounds at 17th and Chew streets,
will be open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. on
Tuesday. May 24, from 1-7 p.m.
Wednesday-Friday, May 25-28,
and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every
Mail orders are accepted by
writing Tickets. The Allentown
Fair, 302 N. 17th St, Allentown,
PA 18104. Mail orders must be
accompanied by a $2-ticket hand
ling charge which provides admis
sion to the Fair.
For more information, call
(610) 435-SHOW (7469).
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