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REO Speedwagon and The Isley Brothers will both hit State Fair this year.

REO Speedwagon, Jeff Dunham and more added as State Fair headliners

The Wisconsin State Fair today announced three new headlining acts to help celebrate the end of the summer (remember summer?): retro rockers REO Speedwagon on Thursday, Aug. 1; ventriloquist Jeff Dunham on Thursday, Aug. 8; and the old-school soul combo of The Isley Brothers and The Commodores on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Opening day will be time for the State Fair to fly with REO Speedwagon, most famous for their retro classics "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Keep On Loving You," "Take It on the Run" and "Keep the Fire Burnin." Over its long career, the Illinois-based band (though we won't hold that against them) has notched two number one chart toppers and 13 Top 40 hits – all of which will likely make their way onto the State Fair main stage this summer. Joining REO Speedwagon will be fellow '70s/'80s rock act Night Ranger.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show – all reserved – will cost $29 and $39.

Comedian Jeff Dunham will keep the fire burnin with his famed combination of puppets and punchlines. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. comedy act – all reserved – will go for $39 and $49.

Last, but certainly not least, in this trio of announced acts is the tandem of The Isley Brothers and The Commodores. The duo has a full portfolio of funky hits, ranging from "It's Your Thing," "Twist and Shout," "Shout," "Easy" and "Brick House." The former earned its way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, while the latter scored multiple Grammy nominations, as well as a win for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance – Duo, Group Or Chorus in 1986 for "Nightshift."

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show – all reserved – will cost $29, $39 and $49.

Admission for all three shows (which include fair admission) go on sale Friday, March 1 at 9 a.m. at and in person at the State Fair ticket office. The office, at 7722 W. Greenfield Ave. in West Allis, is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more summer festival announcements as they become available.


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