Brantley Gilbert booked for Canfield Fair

Submitted photo / Alexa Campbell Brantley Gilbert will perform Sept. 1 at the Canfield Fair, following three sold-out appearances at the Covelli Centre since 2012.

Brantley Gilbert returns to the Mahoning Valley on Sept. 1 as one of the grandstand entertainers for the Canfield Fair.

According to George Roman, director in charge of grandstand entertainment and concessions for the fair, “While we typically announce both concerts together, we couldn’t wait any longer to let you know that Brantley Gilbert will be performing on Sunday night. We look forward to the excitement that he will bring to the grandstands.”

Gilbert sold out the Covelli Centre in 2017 and returned to the venue in February 2020, the last concert it hosted before the COVID-19 pandemic.

His first area date was at the arena in 2012 opening for Eric Church, another sold-out show.

The grandstand concerts during the fair are arranged in conjunction with Youngstown-based promoter JAC Live, and its JAC Management operates the Covelli Centre.

“Three shows, three sell-outs,” said Ken Bigley, chief operations officer for JAC Live and JAC Management. “He’s a showman. When he gets up there, the energy is just high.”

Gilbert’s country radio hits include “What Happens in a Small Town,” “One Hell of an Amen,” “Bottoms Up,” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” and “Country Must be Country Wide.”

In recent years, Gilbert has been expanding his audience beyond country, touring with such acts as Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch and Nickelback.

“I think his style of music resonates with this area,” Bigley said. “He has that slightly Appalachian, country-rock mix. He’s a country artist, but he has a lot of rock and blues and basically everything mixed in there. He hits all genres … The diversity of this area goes with the diversity of his music.”

Gilbert’s most recent album, 2022’s “So Help Me God,” includes collaborations with Blake Shelton, Vince Gill, Jason Aldean, HARDY, Toby Keith and Jelly Roll.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show range from $39.50 to $99.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster. No sales will take place at the Canfield Fair box office until later this summer.

An online-only presale runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday with the password: ROOSTER.

A second concert on the final day of the fair will be announced in the coming weeks.

Have an interesting story? Email Entertainment Editor Andy Gray at agray@tribtoday.com.


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