The 2023 GRANDSTAND Concert: Eli Young Band + Jana Kramer
Presented by JIM & MARY POPE
Supported by KENN-FELD GROUP
The VIP Party Pit Experience - $125 (Limit 250)
- Early Access
- Up-Close View
- "Yee Haw" Trucker Hat
Fair Pass Entry Included on Every Ticket Purchase
*GRAB YOUR SWAG: Please show your ticket to the Grandstand Box Office on Saturday, September 2, 2023 after 4:00 PM to receive your swag! Please note: if you would like it sooner, call the NPAC Box Office at 419-238-6722 to arrange a pick up.
Van Wert Live along with Presenting Sponsor, Jim and Mary Pope, announce the 2023 Grandstand Concert featuring two Country headliners rocking the Van Wert stage, The Eli Young Band and Jana Kramer. These Country greats will light up The Grandstand during the Van Wert County Fair on Saturday, September 2 at 7:30 p.m. Van Wert's own celebrity, Allie Clifton will emcee the event which will be a Labor Day weekend sensation at The Van Wert County Fair. Kenn-Feld Group is the Supporting sponsor for the double-feature night of Country.
The Eli Young Band is unique in modern Country music as a true band of brothers who play their own instruments, write their own songs, and cling fast to their Texas roots. In their new release, "Love Talking," they embrace what makes them different once and for all.
The trailblazing group produced Billboard's No. 1 Country Song of the Year and ACM Award for Song of the Year “Crazy Girl,” plus racked up over 2 billion streams to earn Pandora Billionaire status. Multiple CMA, CMT, ACA, and Teen Choice Award nominations along with over 3 billion streams of their career catalog offer an undeniable testament to EYB’s unique connection with fans. Even through sonic evolutions and changes to the Country industry, their obsessive following has continued to grow.
Mike Eli founded the band with guitarist James Young, bassist Jon Jones and drummer Chris Thompson at the University of North Texas in 2000, steadily building a grassroots fanbase that propelled four No. 1 singles and gave the band an edgy, romantically-charged identity (4X PLATINUM “Crazy Girl,” 2X PLATINUM “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and PLATINUM “Love Ain’t” and “Drunk Last Night “).
What they’re good at has always been the same – organic, live-show-focused Country dripping with authenticity and perfected in sold-out clubs, amphitheaters, and stadiums coast-to-coast. Confident in their soulful, hearts-on-fire brand of Country, the title track of their forthcoming album is impacting Country radio and playlists now as they head out on a 51-city tour of the same name. EYB has also shared the stage with Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Chris Young, Darius Rucker and Dave Matthews Band, plus performed on national television shows such as TODAY, Conan, Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and FOX & Friends.
Headlining partner Jana Kramer is an actress, ACM award-winning country music singer, and a New York Times best-selling author. She is known for her role as Alex Dupre on the television series One Tree Hill, and made her acting debut in an independent horror film Dead/Undead. The following year, Kramer made a guest appearance on All My Children, marking her television debut.
Kramer has since continued to guest star on a number of television shows including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, CSI: NY, and recurring roles on NBC’s Friday Night Lights, CW’s 90210, and HBO’s dramedy television series Entourage, while simultaneously pursuing her film career starring in “Country Crush,” 20th Century Fox’s “Heart of the Country,” Hallmark Channel's “Love at First Bark”, Lifetime’s “Christmas in Mississippi” and “A Welcome Home Christmas.” Jana’s upcoming Lifetime film, “The Holiday Fix Up” debuts this December.
Kramer began her musical career in 2012 with the release of her self-titled debut album, Jana Kramer, which was followed by her sophomore album, Thirty-One, in 2015. Seven of her singles charted on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, including the top 10 platinum-selling hits "Why Ya Wanna" and "I Got the Boy." Kramer went on to win ‘New Female Vocalist of the Year’ at the 2012 Academy of Country Music awards and in 2015 was nominated for ‘Best Female Vocalist of the Year’ at the ACMs.
About Event Emcee Allie Clifton: As a sports broadcaster, Allie is a 5x Emmy Winner, has over 10 years of experience as a sideline and sports reporter, and has over 10 years of experience playing competitive basketball.
Prior to joining Spectrum Sports Net, Allie served as the sideline reporter for FOX Sports Ohio’s Cleveland Cavaliers telecasts, sideline reporter for the Toledo Mud Hens (Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers), sports feature reporter for 13 ABC Action News (WTVG) and color analyst and sideline reporter for high school and collegiate basketball, volleyball and track & field on the Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN).
An Ohio native, Clifton graduated from The University of Toledo with a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Analysis and Communications and a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies. Following an accomplished high school basketball career at Van Wert High School, which included captaining the first and only league title team for her school, Allie continued her basketball success at UT. There, she was a four-year letter winner and three-time co-captain, leading the team to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) West Division title in 2010. Clifton is also no stranger to The Q, having played there in the MAC Tournament during her four years at Toledo.
Allie has a passion for giving back to her community and new surroundings in her free time. In 2014 Allie was the lead MC for The Women’s Sports Report for the greater Columbus Sports Commission. Allie also spoke at the 2016 OHSAA Student Leadership Conference and was one of ten influential women chosen to speak on leadership.
Grab Your Swag
For those with a qualifying purchase: Please show your ticket to the Grandstand Box Office on Saturday, September 2, 2023 after 4:00 PM to receive your swag! Please note: if you would like it sooner, call the NPAC Box Office at 419-238-6722 to arrange a pick up.
Box Office TIX Info
The Grandstand Box Office opens 4:00 PM on Day of Show at the Van Wert County Fair. Located at the East end of the Grandstand.
Tickets can also be purchased online any time. See "Buy Tickets" links above.
The Van Wert Live Box Office at The Niswonger is open from 10AM-3PM on weekdays to buy in person or by calling 419-238-6722. Amy or Jerry can help you acquire your tickets with a smile!