By Brianna Boyd
Special to Dixon Patch
Two comedians and a hip hop icon are set to entertain thousands at the Dixon May Fair.
The May Fair announced this week the headlining entertainment scheduled for both May 9 and May 12. Hip hop star Snoop Dogg, who will soon release his 11th studio album, will perform in the fair’s arena on Wednesday, May 9.
Larry the Cable Guy, a nationally known comedian and actor best known for his signature catchphrase, “Git-R-Done” will entertain the crowd on the evening of Saturday, May 12. Comedian Reno Collier will open the show.
Fair officials are still finalizing the remainder of the fair’s headline performances. Additional acts will be announced at a later date.
Tickets for the May 9 Snoop Dogg concert and the May 12 comedy show will go on sale at 10 a.m. this Saturday, March 3 at all TicketMaster Outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, at the May Fair Box Office, 655 South First St or charge by phone (800) 745-3000.
Reserved seat tickets for both shows at $75 and $45, and general admission seating is $35. Every concert ticket includes admission to the fair.
“It takes a lot of work to go after these entertainers and make it work for the fair, and I’m pleased so far with what we have,” said Richard Hamilton, a member of the May Fair’s board of directors. “We’re fortunate enough to get two icons in the entertainment business to play in Dixon.”
Born Calvin Broadus, Snoop Dogg released his debut album, “Doggystyle” in 1992. Since then, Snoop Dogg’s music has been played on the stadium stage, the big screen and mobile phones across the country. His many hits include “What’s My Name?”, “Gin and Juice”, “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and “Young, Wild & Free”.
Snoop Dogg’s continuing appeal to his legions of fans stems from a true bond they have built with him through his music, and his 11th album, “Doggumentary”, continues to enhance that connection. The album itself is a memoir of sorts, both chronicling his journey in the game thus far and plotting where his path will lead him in the future,.
The latest collection reflects what the world has come to embrace about Snoop Dogg. While delivering several of the bombastic street raps that initially propelled Snoop to stardom, “Doggumentary” also boasts the type of unpredictable collaborations that have made him a pop culture phenomenon.
For this album alone, Snoop Dogg worked with R. Kelly, Kanye West, T-Pain, and many more.
With his signature catchphrase, “Git-R-Done:”, Larry the Cable Guy is selling out theaters and arenas across the United States. Most recently, Larry has been on tour with Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall. The three reunited for “Them Idiots Whirled Tour”, filmed as a special for CMT.
Larry the Cable Guy is the host of the History Channel’s Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy. The show, now filming its second season, premiered in 2011. In each episode, Larry visits various sites across the country, revealing bits of real history while immersing himself in new and different lifestyles, jobs, and hobbies that celebrate the American experience.
Larry was part of the successful Blue Collar Comedy Tour, which grossed over $15 million. The ensemble cast of comedians also included Foxworthy and Engvall. The success of the tour led to Blue Collar Comedy Tour, The Movie, which premiered on Comedy Central in 2003 and at the time, was the highest rated movie in the channel’s history.
In addition to televised comedy specials, Larry the Cable Guy has also appeared in several movies, including Witless Protection in 2008, Delta Farce in 2007, and Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, in 2006. The comedian is also the voice of “Mater” in the Disney/Pixar Cars and Cars 2.
The 137th Dixon May Fair will open on Thursday, May 10 and entertain thousands through Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13.
The fair will have a “soft opening” the evening of May 9 to coincide with the Snoop Dogg performance, Hamilton said. The fair’s carnival and the concession stands will be open for the evening. Fair officials decided to have the early opening, Hamilton explained, because that evening was the only opportunity for Snoop Dogg to perform in Dixon.
“We tried to bring him here last year, and this year, it worked out,” Hamilton said. “We are very fortunate getting both Larry and Snoop Dogg. This will be our first time having comedy on the main stage, and I think it fits Dixon to a T.
“It has been a difficult year securing entertainment, and we’ve put a lot of time and effort in to it,” he added. “I think it’s going to lead to a very successful fair.”