The Clay County Fair has landed another musical coup for 2007, signing the legendary pop group Chicago to headline with a concert on Tuesday, Sept. 11, "An Evening With Chicago."
Tickets are $26, or $21 in the grandstand annex. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
The group joins county superstar Gretchen Wilson, who will be in concert Saturday, Sept. 8, the World of Outlaws racing show on Sept. 12, country crooner Sara Evans on Friday, Sept. 14, and teen sensations Aly and AJ on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Tickets go on sale for all shows June 22 by mail, and July 16 by phone. See www.claycountyfair.com for details.
Chicago will be clebrating its 40th anniversary with the Clay County Fair concert.
In 1967, Chicago musicians Walter Parazaider, Terry Kath, Danny Seraphine, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, Robert Lamm, and Peter Cetera formed a group with one dream, to integrate all the musical diversity from their beloved city and weave a new sound, a rock 'n' roll band with horns. Their dream turned into 20 Top Ten singles, 12 Top Ten albums (five of which were #1), and sales of more than 120 million records - second only to The Beatles in music sales history.
Some of the members first met while in church choir, and as highly-schooled musicians, they set out to bring horns and complex melodies into rock music.
Their first hit came in the 1969 debut album, when the group was known as "Chicago Transit Authority," - "Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is?"
They cut a wide swaths of hits of 40 albums, most named with the trademark Roman numerals the band employed.
Fairgoers are likely to hear the likes of "Saturday in the Park," "I'm a Man," "Feelin' Stronger Every Day," "If You Leave Me Now," "Colour My World," "25 or 6 to 4," "Baby What A Big Surprise," "Take Me Back to Chicago," "Vote For Me" and many more.