From sort of awesome to super awesome, these are our picks for the fair after dark.

The Wisconsin State Fair always assembles a solid lineup of bands and other entertainers. Here’s our (highly subjective) list of five headliners we’d like to see, ranked in ascending order of awesomeness.


Fitz and the Tantrums with K.Flay

Aug. 2 — The neo-soul group Fitz and the Tantrums burst onto the pop scene in 2013 with “The Walker,” which made them pop sensations. Along the way, they swapped some of that soul for catchy pop hooks, and they put on a show you don’t want to miss.


Jeff Dunham

Aug. 8 — Holding the Guinness World Record for most tickets sold for a stand-up comedy tour, Jeff Dunham is a seasoned comedian and ventriloquist. Some critics complain that his jokes are surface level and occasionally offensive, but his huge following doesn’t seem to mind.


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REO Speedwagon with Night Ranger

Aug. 1 — Although neither of these 1980s rock icons has found much commercial success in recent decades, they’ve got plenty of classic material to work with. Songs like “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Sister Christian” are sure to bring down the house.


Old Dominion with Brandon Lay

Aug. 9 —Brandon Lay is an up-and-coming country artist. And although Old Dominion has been said to seem uncertain onstage at times, they have more than enough recent chart-toppers to guarantee a great show for country fans.


The Isley Brothers with The Commodores

Aug. 10 —These legendary funk groups have had audiences “Shout”-ing for decades. With several awards under their belts, including the Isleys’ Lifetime Achievement Grammy, the bands are tag-teaming to work their timeless groove on fair-goers.


Photos courtesy of Wisconsin State Fair

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