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No maybe about it: Carly Rae Jepsen will play State Fair

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on May 28, 2013 at 7:32 pm with No Comments »
May 28, 2013 7:33 pm

jepsenCarly Rae Jepsen and Hot Chelle Rae will perform at the Washington State Fair on Sept. 20. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Jepsen, the singer behind “Call Me Maybe,” “Tonight Tonight,” and “I Like It Like That,” and double Platinum certified quartet Hot Chelle Rae will share the stage in Puyallup.

Here’s more from the announcement along with another State Fair addition:

The concert featuring Carly Rae Jepsen plus Hot Chelle Rae will take place on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Washington State Fair’s 2013 Concert Series, Presented by Columbia Bank. Tickets are $50, $40, $30, and $20 with reserved seating, and include Fair gate admission, unless noted. Tickets are available starting on Saturday, June 1 at 10 a.m. on the Fair website, or by phone (888) 559-FAIR (3247) daily, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Washington State Fair Box Office at 9th Avenue SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Carly Rae Jepsen:

Singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen was born on November 11, 1985 and grew up in Mission, British Columbia. When she was young her father sang her to sleep with classic James Taylor songs.

In 2007 she was a contestant on the reality television show Canadian Idol. She was inspired by pop singer Natalie Imbruglia’s works, and performed her acclaimed 1997 song “Torn” on Canadian Idol.

Jepsen took a place in the pop music scene in 2008 debuting her album, Tug of War. The album featured two acclaimed singles, “Bucket” and “Tug of War.” By February 2012, Jepsen produced her second album, Curiosity. The song “Call Me Maybe” on the album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 chart. The song rapidly became a pop-culture sensation. Jepsen performed “Call Me Maybe” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in June 2012. Shortly after she recorded a video of the song, along with Jimmy Fallon and his house band, The Roots. The video has been viewed by millions of fans on YouTube.

After Curiosity’s release she signed with American record label School Boy Records, which was founded by Scooter Braun in 2007, and is currently run in part by pop sensation Justin Bieber.

Curiosity also includes Jepsen’s rendition of the Joni Mitchell song, “Both Sides Now.” Jepsen considers her musical style is folk-pop, and she calls herself the “flower child of pop.” For further information, visit:

Hot Chelle Rae:

Nashville-based quartet, Hot Chelle Rae features four singers with strong roots in the music business: Ryan Follesé (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Nash Overstreet (lead guitar / backing vocals), Ian Keagy (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Jamie Follesé (drums). Brothers Ryan and Jamie are sons of A-List Nashville songwriters Keith and Adrienne Follese, Nash is the son of five-time BMI songwriter of the year, Paul Overstreet; and Ian’s dad Phil Keaggy is a Grammy-nominated guitarist and multiple Dove Award recipient.

The group started in 2005 and released its debut album, the dance-rock oriented Lovesick Electric in 2009. Hot Chelle Rae released their second studio album, Whatever on November 29, 2011. The first single taken from the album was released in March 2011. “Tonight Tonight” was a bonafide breakthrough smash hit. At the time, USA Today declared the song “one of the catchiest pop-rock anthems of the summer.” The song catapulted into the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in July and shot to No. 1 at Hot AC radio in September.

The song, a game changer for the quartet, was certified double-platinum in the U.S., and certified platinum in Canada and Australia. The video for “Tonight Tonight” has realized nearly 30 million views online.

On December 31, 2011 Hot Chelle Rae performed on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, performing both “Tonight Tonight” and “I Like It Like That”. In late January they played at the nationally televised 2012 Pro Bowl pregame ceremonies. By March of last year they supported Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now World Tour” in New Zealand and Australia. Later in the summer they toured with Demi Lovato.

The band premiered their latest single, “Hung Up” on January 25, 2013, and it was released two weeks later. At that time they announced that their third studio album would soon be released. For further information, visit:

Another concert going on sale on June 1 features The Celtic Tenors / The Tacoma Symphony, appearing on Sept. 10. More acts will be announced in the coming months for the Washington State Fair’s 2013 Columbia Bank Concert Series. Visit for updates, or sign up at to receive email or text announcements prior to the concert on-sale dates.

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