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Expo energy: State Fair features a wealth of music, other entertainment

The New Mexico State Fair, which opened Sept. 7, has an abundance of entertainment lined up through Sept. 17.

Each day will feature local music groups, dance groups and other fun, such as karaoke. Big-name entertainers will also take the stage at Tingley Coliseum on various dates.

Aaron Lewis performs at 7 tonight as part of the Lil’ Buckers Rodeo. Lewis has been part of the State Fair’s entertainment lineup before and is best-known as the frontman of the rock band Staind.

Midland, which performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, is making a big impact in the country scene. The band drops its new album, “On the Rocks,” on Sept. 22. The band harks back to the “vocal-forward, honky-tonk sound of country music of the ’70s and ’80s, a time also when artists’ personal styles, tailored denim and well-worn hats — dovetailed with the music,” according to the band’s press release. The Last Bandoleros will open the show that is part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Xtreme Bulls event.

Country band Sawyer Brown takes the Tingley Coliseum stage at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, as part of the PRCA Rodeo.

Rockers Kansas perform at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, as part of the PRCA Rodeo event. Kansas has four decades of music under its belt.

Modern country act Big & Rich will play at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 15, as part of the PRCA Rodeo. John Rich and Big Kenny Alphin make up the duo. Their new project, “Gravity,” has propelled the duo to new heights with the back-to-back Top 10 hits “Look at You” and “Run Away With You.” Kenny Loggins wraps up the big entertainment lineup at Tingley at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 16. The singer-songwriter’s music has spanned more than four decades. It has also won him some Grammy Awards. His music ranges from rockin’ hits to mellow ballads.