Country’s Kane Brown to perform first Quillen Arena concert

Up-and-coming country singer Kane Brown performs June 2 to kick off the Quillen Arena Concert Series in Harrington. (Submitted photo)

HARRINGTON — Rising country music star Kane Brown will headline the first show in the Quillen Arena Concert Series set for June 2 at 7 p.m., Delaware State Fair officials announced this morning.

Mr. Brown, 24, is known for the songs “Used to Love You Sober,” “Heaven,” “Found You,” “What’s Mine is Yours” and “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina.

In 2017, he was nominated for New Male Vocalist of the Year at the ACM Awards and Breakthrough Video of the Year at the CMT Music Awards. He’s currently in the running for Best New Country Artist at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, set for Sunday, March 11.

Delaware State Fair assistant general manager Danny Aguilar said Mr. Brown is the perfect performer to start the new series in the 5,000-person capacity facility on the fairgrounds in Harrington.

“He has such energy and popularity. Whenever we reach out and ask fans who they would like to see at the Delaware State Fair through our social media channels, his name is always at the top of the list,” Mr. Aguilar said of the musician who, in October, became the first artist to have simultaneous number one hits on all five main country charts.

The goal of the new series is to hold a concert in the spring and fall each year, outside of the normal 10 days of the state fair.

Mr. Aguilar said the Quillen Arena creates a unique experience for music fans.

“It’s covered in case of inclement weather but yet it’s an open-air pavilion so it can still have that festival look and feel,” he said. “It’s a great environment.”

Aside from holding competitions during the fair, the Quillen Arena is home to several conventions and festivals throughout the year including the Delaware Wine & Beer Festival the past two years.

“We’ve learned from the other events that the facility has great acoustics as well,” Mr. Aguilar said.

The concert series, sponsored by Bud Light, will also feature a beer court and food trucks.

Tickets for the concert are $35 for general admission and $65 for the front pit area. They will go on sale Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. at DelawareStateFair.com.

The floor will be standing-room only but bleachers will be set up in the back of the venue for those would like to sit for the show.

Country singer/songwriter Josh Phillips will open the show.

“We anticipate this to be a hot ticket so we recommend that folks get their tickets early,” said Mr. Aguilar.

The Quillen Arena is at 18500 S. DuPont Highway, Harrington.

As far as the state fair is concerned, five of the 10 nights have previously been announced with three other shows expected to be unveiled by mid-February, Mr. Aguilar said.

Tickets are currently on sale for country star Toby Keith kicking off the fair on July 19, ventriloquist Jeff Dunham on July 23, contemporary Christian artist Lauren Daigle with Rend Collective on July 24 and the Southern Uprising show featuring Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Outlaws on July 25.
Harness racing will take over the M&T Grandstand on July 26.

The Delaware State Fair will run July 19-28.

Reach features editor Craig Horleman at chorl@newszap.com

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