September 23, 2014

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The Band Perry to headline this year’s Medina County Fair

The Band Perry performs earlier this month at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The band won vocal group of the year  at the awards ceremony and was a nominee in November in the same category at the Country Music Association award.­ (AP PHOTO)

The Band Perry performs earlier this month at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The band won vocal group of the year at the awards ceremony and was a nominee in November in the same category at the Country Music Association award.­ (AP PHOTO)

The Band Perry will perform at the Medina County Fair on July 31. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. May 31 at the fair office. Tickets also will be sold online this year starting at 10 a.m. May 31. Tickets are $35 and do not include fair admission. For more information, visit www.medina-fair.com.

The Band Perry, winner of vocal group of the year at the Academy of Country Music awards April 6, will be the headliner at this year’s Medina County Fair. The family trio has produced hit songs including “If I Die Young,” which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Music charts.

The band also was a nominee for vocal group of the year at the Country Music Association awards in November.

Medina County Fair Board President Conrad Haneberg said the board is looking forward to hosting the popular young act.

“We’re just so excited,” Haneberg said. “We expect people from out of town to come — Cleveland, Akron, everywhere.”

The band includes Kimberly Perry and her younger brothers Neil and Reid Perry.

The siblings were raised in Jackson and later Mobile, Ala., and the younger brothers starting watching their sister perform when she was 15.

The brothers formed a band and Kimberly stopped working with other artists to start recording with her brothers. They started touring county fairs and campgrounds and released their self-titled debut album in 2010.

According to its website, the band considers itself country, with a heavy rock-and-roll influence.

Its latest album, “Pioneer,” was released in 2013, and the band members said the songs are suited for arena shows and larger audiences.

Fans who want to purchase tickets this year will have an opportunity to print “e-tickets” after ordering them online.

“It gives access to people who haven’t had an opportunity to get tickets before,” Haneberg said. Like other major concert venues, the tickets can be printed at home and scanned at the gates for entrance to the event.

“We won’t have to rip the tickets in half,” Haneberg said. “It’s the same ticketing system used by Medina High School and we’re the first fair to use it.”

To accommodate The Band Perry, the fair board also worked with the band’s organizers to remove a few items from the contract that the board would be unable to comply with.

“They’re going to be performing here in the middle of their world tour, and we had to work out some changes to the standard contract because we just can’t accommodate it at our fair,” he said.

Haneberg said ticket-holders will have the opportunity to see a concert at the fair that’s more intimate than some of the larger venues the band will perform in this year.

Fair week is July 28 to Aug. 3.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.