80s rock rules! Heart to play Iowa State Fair with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Cheap Trick

Heart in concert. -- photo by Josh Hrach
Just announced: Heart will play the Iowa State Fair. — photo by Josh Hrach

The latest addition to the Iowa State Fair’s 2016 Grandstand was announced today and you can expect a good dose of rock and roll nostalgia: Heart will headline on Aug. 16 with special guests Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick.

All three acts are inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and have been making hits since the 1970s. Tickets go on sale Mar. 26 and will cost $32-52.

Previously announced Grandstand acts include Newsboys with special guest Francesca Battistelli on Aug. 11. Country fans can enjoy Dierks Bentley on Aug. 15, or Brett Eldredge on Aug. 13. If comedy is your jam, catch Jeff Dunham on Aug. 18. Others may choose Ridin’ Solo or with an It Girl to Jason Derulo’s show on Aug. 14.

In the past, tickets for all Grandstand shows have gone on sale on the same date. This year, that changes, with staggered dates for ticket sales between February and May. In addition, ticket prices for the first time will vary based on seat location.

The Iowa State Fair, the 162nd, will run Aug. 11-21 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

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