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Brown County Fair Drops Christian Music; Rock On!

Now that Trumpists have put an end to the war on Christmas, Tapiocans should turn their attention to Brown County’s war on Christians:

Aberdeen American News, Page 1A, 2018.01.17.
Aberdeen American News, Page 1A, 2018.01.17.

I don’t mind Christian music—I’ll pay money to hear a good rendition of Handel’s MessiahSchubert’s Mass in G, or Biebl’s Ave Maria. But on pure aesthetics, the replacement of a night of watered-down make-out-with-Jesus music with almost any given third-tier rock band whom the Brown County Fair can afford is a step up in quality.

The lack of market demand suggests that I’m not alone in that artistic assessment. The Brown County Commission approved replacing Christian music night with some rock band after disappointing Christian concert ticket sales in 2017. According to Shannon Marvel’s report on the discussion at yesterday’s county commission meeting, it would cost $15K to $20K more on contract costs alone to continue the Christian music night.

So whom should we bring to rock the fairgrounds this August? I’m still partial to trying to land AC/DC. But we could really tie a bow on this schedule change by bringing in Yusuf Islam.


  1. mike from iowa 2018-01-17 16:39

    It’s a wild world, Cory, so who knows. Waiting for the “catty” comments.

  2. grudznick 2018-01-17 17:59

    The Alternating Current/Direct Current band is mostly dead these days. But grudznick is all for some of the louder more jazzy music over the top of any Christian hymnal singing. If you got the Deep Purples or even any of those Fleetwoods or the Skinnerds and Whos it would be popular in Aberdeen.

  3. mike from iowa 2018-01-17 18:43

    Don’t confuse the Fleetwoods with Fleetwood Mac, Grudz. The Rock Gods will poison yer gravy taters for good. AC/DC is going strong with Malcolm Young’s spot being filled by a nephew, Stevie Young.

  4. grudznick 2018-01-17 18:49

    All those long hairs blur together in my addled brain, Mike, but I am glad there in Iowa where replacements singing are just fine, the Fleetwood Macs can stand next to the Fleetwoods anyway. Another fellow who would be good would be The Scatman, Crothers.

  5. grudznick 2018-01-17 19:02

    Mr. Evans stated

    Good riddance:

    grudznick concurs with him.

  6. Buckobear 2018-01-17 20:02

    Guess $$ trumps (sorry) Jebus, eh ??

  7. Barry Muxen 2018-01-17 22:01

    Tapiocans. Does that mean pudding for brains? Inquiring minds want to know.

  8. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-01-17 22:17

    Barry—Neal Tapio’s target audience, folks with pudding for brains—yup, pretty much.

  9. Jay Blount 2019-06-30 20:02

    I live in Pierre & the only reason i went to the fair was the Christian music. I didn’t go to “for king & country because it looked like it was going to get rained out. I wish i would’ve gone. Skillet is a rock-Christian band & they sold tickets. If you get Mercy Me back they would sell out. You put someone there in the middle of the week & wonder where everyone is. Please keep Amy’s night going . It wouldn’t hurt to let the Christian community know they have a chance to hear a good band. It was by God’s grace that I found out there Christian music there & that’s why I’ve been making the trip up there. I guess i won’t be coming this year!!!

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