Country star Jerrod Niemann with Special Guest Craig Campbell to Perform
Country music star, Jerrod Niemann, is slated to take center stage for a live country music concert at the newly renovated ISU Harvester Plaza on Wednesday, Aug. 27, in Ames. This concert is held in conjunction with the 2014 Farm Progress Show to be held in Boone, Iowa on Aug. 26, 27 and 28 and is sponsored by Syngenta featuring Golden Harvest® and NK Seeds®.
"The Farm Progress Show and Iowa State Center, along with presenting sponsor Syngenta, are excited to host a concert again this year," said Don Tourte, vice president of Penton Farm Progress.
"This is an event that everyone enjoys — Farm Progress Show exhibitors and visitors. We've presented many concerts though the years and this is our first in conjunction with the Iowa State Center."
Concert gates open at 5 p.m., special guest Craig Campbell is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 30-minute intermission and Jerrod Niemann is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. The general admission, lawn seating concert will be held in the newly renovated Harvester Plaza at the Iowa State Center. The ISU campus is located east of the FPS site in Ames.
"We are excited to showcase Syngenta and our Golden Harvest® and NK® seed brands alongside standout performers like Jerrod and Craig during the 2014 Farm Progress Show," said Eric Boersma, head of corn seed product management, Syngenta.
"Our customers and country music fans will be in for a real treat. Jerrod and Craig are passionate about their music, just as we are passionate about providing growers with top-performing hybrids and varieties that will help them grow more corn and soybeans."
Ticket price is $28 and go on sale Friday, June 13 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at the Iowa State Center Ticket Office, Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster Centers (convenience surcharges apply), by phone (800)745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Concert admission is separate from show admission. The public is welcome. There are no ticket refunds or exchanges.
Jerrod Niemann exploded onto the music scene with his chart-topping major-label debut, 2010's Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury. The album, on Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville records, included the Number One smash and RIAA-certified Platinum digital single, "Lover, Lover," and the follow-up Top 5 single, "What Do You Want." Niemann—who has also written songs for and with such artists as Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, and Lee Brice—returned in 2012 with the acclaimed, musically adventurous release, Free the Music. All the while, he's continued playing 200 shows a year on the road, year in and year out.
The album High Noon represents not just a musical blend of country, pop, and rock with splashes of electronic, forward-looking beats, but also a wide emotional spectrum. The album takes the listener on a journey from the opener—the yearning, atmospheric "Space"—to the alluring, slow-burn menace of the last track, "She's Fine," which features a guest vocal from Colt Ford.
"On my first two albums, I tried to cover all the music I enjoy," says Jerrod Niemann. "This time, we mashed it all together and that's what you do when you're really attempting to create your own sound. And as it all gelled, I think it brought us into our own pure sound for the first time."
After moving from his hometown of Lyons, Georgia to Nashville in 2002 to pursue his country music dreams, American Country Awards nominee Craig Campbell quickly picked up work as a keyboardist in Luke Bryan and Tracy Byrd's bands and was later discovered playing a regular gig at legendary Nashville honky-tonk, The Stage.
Since signing with Bigger Picture, he has entertained crowds across the U.S., Australia and Switzerland, performed for national TV audiences on Fox & Friends, Huckabee and Marie and has been profiled in HLN's series Road Warriors. The singer-songwriter has earned well-deserved praise from the country's toughest critics for his 2011 self-titled debut album and current album Never Regret, which have sold over 1 million tracks to date.
The Nation's Largest Outdoor Farm Show
The Farm Progress Show is the nation's largest outdoor farm show. Highlights include side-by-side field demonstrations of combines, tillage tools, and precision agriculture products. The Farm Progress Show includes an 86-acre exhibit field filled with more than 600 exhibitors.
Exhibitor displays from the nation's leading large and shortline equipment manufacturers, seed and crop protection companies, educational institutions, livestock equipment manufacturers and many additional agriculture input suppliers are showcased at the show each year. Farmers and ranchers from around the nation and world attend the event.
Ag manufacturers and suppliers from across the country and around the world are exhibitors. Field demonstrations are a show mainstay. Each show day, field demos include side-by-side tillage techniques, GPS and precision equipment, and tractor and combine performance comparisons on hundreds of corn acres available for harvesting. Live cattle-handling demonstrations include the newest cattle chutes, equipment, animal health products and work techniques. Additionally, the show features restored antique machinery, arts and crafts displays, horse training demonstrations and entertainment.
Discounted advance adult admission tickets are available now. The concert is a separate event and a separate admission ticket is needed. The public is welcome at the show and concert events. For a full schedule of events and more detailed information, visit www.FarmProgressShow.com.
Syngenta is one of the world's leading companies with more than 28,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life. For more information about us, please go to www.syngenta.com.
The Iowa State Center (managed by SMG) is a multi-building conference and performing arts complex. The Center's Stephens Auditorium, a 2,729-seat hall, hosts a dazzling array of international performances of music, theater and dance, as well as world-class orchestras, popular Broadway musicals, and explosive country and rock concerts. Fisher Theater seats 450 in an intimate setting, perfect for drama, dance and ISU theater productions. The Scheman Building, with 25 meeting rooms, two large lobbies and the 456-seat Benton Auditorium is a great meeting space for conferences, seminars and social events. The newly renovated central courtyard, Harvester Plaza, hosts a diverse selection of outdoor events including concerts, festivals and conferences.