ABC5 is proud to sponsor the Bud Stage at the Iowa State Fair with great free entertainment every single night of the fair, August 9-19.
Bob Wootton (August 9, 10 at 7:30 & 9:30)
Bob Wootton played lead guitar for Johnny Cash from 1968-1998, performing all over the world, including Folsom Prison and Buckingham Palace. As part of the original "Tennessee Three," Wootton returned to the stage with the Minnesota band Six Mile Grove, who back Wootton and serve as his opening act. Six Mile Grove's energetic style and story-driven ballads compliment Wootton's laid back stage presence and pay tribute to the simplicity and genius of Johnny Cash.
Elvis Impersonator Travis LeDoyt (August 11, 12 at 7:30 & 9:30)
To those people who think they have seen it all when it comes to Elvis tribute acts, Travis LeDoyt makes them do a double take. LeDoyt has been called "the best young Elvis in the world." He captures the essence of Elvis in his prime, and his shows highlight the hits and ambience of the 1950s. Using an authentic three-piece band featuring guitar, bass and drums, Travis takes his audience back in time to relive the excitement of Elvis.
Restless Heart (August 13, 14 at 7:30 & 9:30)
With over 27 years of musical history to their credit, Restless Heart continues to thrill audiences nightly with their award-winning talent, showmanship and flawless harmonies. Restless Heart brought a contemporary sound to Nashville, adding a touch of pop and country-rock to some of their classic hits, "I'll Still Be Loving You," "Bluest Eyes in Texas" and "Dancy's Dream." Restless Heart has put 26 hits on the country charts and their popular song "When She Cries" was named BMI Song of the Year in 1993.
Strawberry Fields (August 15, 16 at 7:30 & 9:30)
Formed in 1992, this Beatles tribute band soon after became one of the most in demand acts in the country. Strawberry Fields performs nearly every Saturday at BB King's in Times Square, New York in full costume. A pivotal point in the band's career came in 2005 when they were chosen from among the world's top Beatle acts to recreate the legendary 1965 Beatles concert at Shea Stadium. Their vocal work captures the sound that made the Fab Four famous. Their ability to play an array of instruments has the audience thinking they're listening to a real Beatles record.
Dave Mason Duo (August 17, 18 at 7:30 & 9:30)
Dave Mason's career spans nearly 50 years and has encompassed producing, performing, song writing and playing guitar. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the group Traffic. The Worcester England native wrote the song "Feelin' Alright" at the age of 19. The song was first recorded by Traffic and later by dozens of artists including Joe Cocker. Dave has penned over 100 songs and he struck gold with his solo album "Alone Together," considered a rock classic. This was followed by five more albums, including "Let It Flow," which went platinum and contained the hit "We Just Disagree," a Top 10 single. Mason performed on a number of albums including, The Rolling Stones' "Beggars Banquet," Paul McCartney's "Listen To What The Man Said" and Jimi Hendrix's "Electric Ladyland."
WAR (August 19, 8pm)
To date, WAR has sold nearly 50 million records and has been honored with 17 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards. In the late 1960s, producer-songwriter Jerry Goldstein and British singer Eric Burdon created WAR. WAR's hit single "The Cisco Kid" shipped gold, and the album, "The World Is A Ghetto," attained the number one spot onBillboard Magazine, and was named their Album of the Year in 1973. Other classic songs include, "Low Rider," "Slippin' Into Darkness" and "Why Can't We Be Friends?" WAR's music has been featured in numerous movies and television shows like, Entourage, Beverly Hills 90210, The Simpsons and Remember the Titans.