Arts and Entertainment

Keith Urban brings Light the Fuse Tour to the State Fair on Sept. 13

Keith Urban is s a four-time Grammy Award winner who has also won a People’s Choice, American Music Award and been nominated for a Golden Globe. He’s won five Academy of Country Music Awards. - Courtesy photo
Keith Urban is s a four-time Grammy Award winner who has also won a People’s Choice, American Music Award and been nominated for a Golden Globe. He’s won five Academy of Country Music Awards.
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For the Reporter

One of the industry's most electrifying live performers, four-time Grammy Award winner and American Idol judge Keith Urban brings his Light the Fuse Tour to the Washington State Fair on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m.

Urban is part of the State Fair's Columbia Bank Concert Series.

Tickets are $100 for Golden Circle, $80 and $40 with reserved seating, and includes Fair gate admission.

Tickets will start selling at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 on the Fair website, www.thefair.com or by phone at 888-559-FAIR (3247) daily, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets also can be purchased in person at the State Fair's Box Office at 9th Avenue Southwest and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a $1 per ticket service fee will be charged for on-site purchases.

To make it a very special evening, ticket holders to the Keith Urban concert can purchase a pre-show dinner for $55 each, served in the contemporary setting of the Fair View Club. The price includes one complimentary cocktail, dinner catered by The Vault, a Concert Series laminate and a lanyard. A no-host bar will also be available for the event. Pre-show dinner ticket holders with infield seating will be escorted to the infield entrance prior to the show.

To book your pre-show dinner, visit www.thefair.com/concerts, or contact the State Fair Box Office at (888) 559-FAIR (3247) daily. Limited seating is available. A $1 per ticket service fee will be charged for on-site purchases.

Keith Urban

Born Keith Lionel Urban in Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand in 1967, he moved with his parents and brother to Brisbane, Queensland when he was 2. They later moved to Caboolture, about one hour north of Brisbane. At an early age he started playing instruments, including the guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard, ganjo (six-string banjo), sitar, and piano.

His music career switched to high gear when he moved to Nashville in 1992. His first American album came as a member of The Ranch (1997), followed by an increasingly accomplished series of chart-topping solo albums: Keith Urban (1999), Golden Road (2002), Be Here (2004), Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing (2006), and Defying Gravity (2009).

He's sold more than 15 million. His lengthy list of Number Ones—which now numbers fifteen—includes "But For The Grace Of God," "Somebody Like You" (which was named the top country song of the decade), "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me," "You'll Think Of Me," "Days Go By," "Better Life," "You Look Good In My Shirt," and "Sweet Thing."

His seventh album, FUSE, which released in September 2013, debuted as the Number One selling album in the nation in its first week. That album has already produced two Number One hits, "Little Bit of Everything" and "We Were Us". A third single, "Cop Car", is being played on country radio stations.

He notes that inspiration for the album came from a number of directions. "My wife was filming in Europe, so we spent a lot of time in France, Belgium and the UK. I was on tour in Australia and spending a lot of time in LA for American Idol. I found myself listening to music from all over the place—compiling this bizarre, eclectic list of songs and sounds that I loved." All of this experience fused together in FUSE.

He is the only member of last season's American Idol's judges to return this season, being joined by Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.

Urban became the first artist to win Male Vocalist of the Year (2004, 2005), entertainer of the Year (2005), and the Horizon Award (2001) at the Country Music Association Awards.

He and his wife, actress Nicole Kidman have two daughters. Urban is also stepfather to two of Nicole's children. For more information, visit www.KeithUrban.net.

More acts will be announced in the coming months for the State Fair's Columbia Bank Concert Series. Visit www.thefair.com/concerts for updates, or sign up at www.thefair.com to receive email or text announcements prior to the concert on-sale dates. The current concert lineup is:

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STATE FAIR ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP

Date, performance, time, prices

• Sept. 13, Saturday: An Evening with Keith Urban, "Light the Fuse Tour" (country), 7:30 p.m., $100 (Golden Circle), $80, $40. Pre-show dinner: $55

• Sept. 18, Thursday: Jeff Dunham (comedy), 7:30 p.m., $75 (Golden Circle), $50, $40. Pre-show dinner: $55

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