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Versatile violinist to play Washington State Fair on Sept. 16

Lindsey Stirling presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her YouTube channel, Lindseystomp, which she introduced in 2007. In 2010, Stirling was a quarter-finalist on
Lindsey Stirling presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her YouTube channel, Lindseystomp, which she introduced in 2007. In 2010, Stirling was a quarter-finalist on 'America's Got Talent' season five, where she was known as the hip-hop violinist.
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For the Reporter

Violinist Lindsey Stirling fills the final performance date at the Washington State Fair's Columbia Bank Concert Series.

The quarter-finalist in Season Five's "America's Got Talent" brings a wide range of music styles to the stage, from classical to hip-hop, and blends her music with a unique ability to dance as she plays.

Tickets to the Tuesday, Sept. 16 concert are $35 for general admission seating, and $25 and $20 for reserved seating, which includes fair gate admission. Tickets are available on the fair website or by phone (888) 559-FAIR (3247) daily, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets also can be purchased in person at the box office at 9th Avenue Southwest and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A $1 per ticket service fee will be charged for on-site purchases.

Lindsey Stirling

Born in Santa Ana, Calif., Stirling spent her high school years in Gilbert, Ariz. At the age of 5, her father's classical music records influenced Sterling to start playing the violin. For the next 12 years she took private lessons, perfecting the art. At 16, she and four friends started a rock band, called, "Stomp on Melvin." She next moved to Provo, Utah to attend Brigham Young University, moving on to New York City for missionary work later.

At the age of 23, Stirling found herself in the coveted position of being the quarter-finalist in America's "Got Talent", Season Five. She was described as a hip hop violinist, electrifying the judges. Shortly afterward, her first music video was shot in 2011; the first of many other music videos seen on her YouTube channel, Lindseystomp.

In December 2012, Stirling's song on YouTube, "Crystallize," was the No. 8 top-viewed video of the year with over 42 million views, and her cover version of "Radioactive" with Pentatonix won Response of the Year in the first YouTube Music Awards in 2013.

Six months later, and she received her first golden certification for her self-titled album in Germany, followed shortly after in Switzerland and Austria. She was the second best-selling artist on the Classical Crossover charts in 2013, behind Andrea Bocelli. Sterling appeared on several year-end charts.

This past April 23, Stirling released the second single of her upcoming album, Shatter Me. The song, the album's title track, accumulated 1.3 million views its first day online. The album was released April 29, and reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

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Date, performance, time, prices

• Sept. 5: Justin Playoffs Rodeo, 1 p.m. Friday matinee, $5*/$18

• Sept. 5: Clay Walker concert following rodeo (country), 6:30 p.m., $50 (Golden Saddle), $40, $30, $40 (standing in the dirt)

• Sept. 6: Justin Playoffs Rodeo 1 p.m. Saturday matinee, $30, $20, $16

• Sept. 6: Colt Ford concert following rodeo (country), 6:30 p.m., $35 (Golden Saddle), $25, $20, $30 (standing in the dirt)

• Sept. 7: Justin Playoffs Rodeo, Puyallup Finals, 1 p.m., $35, $25, $20

• Sept. 8: Jennifer Nettles That Girl Tour 2014 (country), 7:30 p.m., $75 (Golden Saddle), $50, $40, $30

• Sept. 9: Chicago/REO Speedwagon (classic rock), 7:30 p.m., $80 (Golden Circle), $50, $40. Pre-show dinner: $55**

• Sept. 10: Cody Simpson/Emblem3/MKTO/Coco Jones (pop), 5:30 p.m., $55 (Golden Circle), $35, $30, $20.

• Sept. 12: Fall Out Boy with Special Guest New Politics (pop), 7:30 p.m., $55 (infield general admission), $45 grandstand general admission

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

• Sept. 14: Teen Hoot (teen), 1 p.m., $25 infield general admission, $20 grandstand general admission

• Sept. 14: A Special Night with Vincente Fernandez Jr., Antonio Aguilar Jr. and Mariachi Azteca (Latino), 7:30 p.m., $20 until Sept. 13, $27.50 day on concert; kids 12 and under free can attend the concert free of charge, once they have paid fair gate admission (5 years and under receive free gate admission)

• Sept. 15: Florida Georgia Line (country), 7:30 p.m., $90 (Golden Circle), $70, $40, "Shine On" Pre-Show Party $30

• Sept. 16: Lindsey Stirling (dance), 7:30 p.m., $35 infield general admission, $25, $20

• Sept. 17: Michael W. Smith/Amy Grant (Christian), 7:30 p.m., $50 (Golden Circle), $40, $30

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

• Sept. 19: The Music of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, A Rock Symphony (rock), 7:30 p.m., $45 (Golden Circle), $30, $20

• Sept. 20: Toby Keith, "Shut Up and Hold On" Tour, (country), 7:30 p.m., $100, $80, $40, "Red Cup" Pre-Show Party: $30**

• Sept. 21: Pentatonix (pop s capella), 7:30 p.m., $50 (Golden Circle), $40, $30

* Friday 1 p.m. rodeo does not include Fair gate admission. Gates are open free from 10 a.m.-noon.

** Pre-show dinner does not include Fair gate admission or concert ticket.




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