Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Melissa Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades. COURTESY PHOTO

State Fair welcomes rock artist Melissa Etheridge to the stage Sept. 11

  • Mon May 8th, 2017 11:32am
  • Life

The Washington State Fair welcomes Melissa Etheridge to the Washington State Fair on Monday, Sept. 11, part of the Columbia Bank Concert Series.

Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which led to an appearance on the 1989 Grammy Awards show.

For several years, her popularity grew around such memorable originals as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs” and “Ain’t It Heavy,” for which she won a Grammy in 1992. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am (1993). The collection featured the massive hits, “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” a searing song of longing that brought Etheridge her second Grammy® Award for Best Female Rock Performance.

In 1995, Etheridge issued her highest charting album, Your Little Secret, which was distinguished by the hit single, “I Want to Come Over.” Her astounding success that year led to Etheridge receiving the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996.

On Oct. 7, 2016, Etheridge released Memphis Rock & Soul, her first album since 2014’s critically lauded This Is M.E. Recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis, the album has received stellar reviews from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Parade, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and more.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 10. Visit thefair.com and join our free E-Club for access to the best seats and ticket offers. E-Club members get the opportunity to buy tickets to all shows in the Columbia Bank Concert Series lineup, before the general public.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13. Tickets are $48, $38, $28 and includes fair gate admission,. Tickets will be available on the fair website or by phone at 888-559-FAIR (3247) daily, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets can also 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. Online and phone purchases are subject to standard processing fees. Tickets purchased on site will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee.

Tickets will also go on sale for other artists in the coming months. Visit thefair.com to see the updated lineup, or sign up online to receive announcements of pre-sale opportunities before concert tickets go on sale to the public.

Concerts to date:

DATE, PERFORMANCE, TIME, PRICES (including fair gate admission)

Sept. 1 – Nickelback with special guest Daughtry, 7:30 p.m., $100, $90, $80

Sept. 2 – Lady Antebellum with special guests Kelsea Ballerini & Brett Young, 7:30 p.m., $100, $90, $80

Sept. 3 – Steven Tyler, 7:30 p.m., $90, $80, $60

Sept. 7 – Rodeo Playoffs – evening performance, 6:30 p.m., $30, $20, $15 or $66 for family of 4 through Sept. 4

Sept. 8 – Rodeo Playoffs with Granger Smith Concert, 6:30 p.m., $40, $30, or $40 for concert only (dirt GA)

Sept. 9 – Rodeo Playoffs – matinee performance, 1 p.m., $35, $25, $15 or $66 for family of four through Sept. 4

Sept. 9 – Rodeo Playoffs with Easton Corbin Concert, 6:30 p.m., $40, $30, or $40 for concert only (dirt GA)

Sept. 10 – Puyallup Rodeo Finals, 1 p.m., $40, $30

Sept. 11 – Melissa Etheridge, 7:30 p.m., $48, $38, $28

Sept. 13 – Masters of Illusion, 7:30 p.m., reserved infield $35, $25; grandstand free with fair gate admission

Sept. 14 – The Beach Boys, 7:30 p.m., $55, $45, $30

Sept. 15 – I Love the 90’s Tour, featuring Salt-n-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Color Me Badd & Tone Loc, 7:30 p.m., $75, $55, $40

Sept. 16 – Hank Williams, Jr., with special guest The Cadillac Three, 7:30 p.m., $70, $60, $45

Sept. 18 – Casting Crowns with special guest Matthew West, 7:30 p.m., $50, $40, $30

Sept. 20 – Thomas Rhett, 7:30 p.m., $90, $80, $70

Sept. 21 – Modest Mouse with special guest Built To Spill, 7:30 p.m., $85, $75, $58

Sept. 22 – An Evening with Earth, Wind & Fire, 7:30 p.m., $80, $70, $45

Sept. 23 – Marlon Wayans, 7:30 p.m., $40, $35, $30

Sept. 24 – Jason Aldean with special guest Kane Brown, 7:30 p.m., $150, $140, $100