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Minnesota State Fair releases 2016 free music lineup

G. Love in The Current's studios in 2012 (Nate Ryan/MPR)

The Minnesota State Fair has released the schedule of free music for this year’s Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Among the biggest national names playing free shows (free with admission to the fair, that is) are G. Love and Special Sauce, War, and Billy Bob Thornton — who’s playing the Leinie Lodge with his band the Boxmasters. Americana always goes down easy at the State Fair, and roots-music fans will enjoy Marty Stuart, Chris Hillman (of the Byrds), and Pokey LaFarge.

Fans of local music can enjoy free performances by Mark Olson, Davina and the Vagabonds, Sonny Knight, Pert’ Near Sandstone, Reina del Cid, and many more. See all the performers’ names in the flyer below; details on venue and dates are at the State Fair website.

The Grandstand lineup is still coming together, but the marquee shows announced to date include two instantly sold-out Dixie Chicks performances, as well as gigs featuring Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley, and a Demi Lovato/Nick Jonas double bill.

Minnesota State Fair free stages 2016