Keith Urban to perform at Mid-State Fair

Ketih Urban
Ketih Urban

Country star Keith Urban will bring his explosive live show to next year’s California Mid-State Fair, fair officials announced Thursday.

Urban is the first act slated to perform at the fair, which runs July 21 through Aug. 1, 2010.

Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Urban moved to the United States in 1992.

After stints with popular country acts Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn, Urban released his self-titled American debut in 1999.

Since then, he’s won two Grammy Awards, earned multiple honors from the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association, and released five studio albums, including 2009’s “Defying Gravity.” Recent hits include “Sweet Thing” and Only You Can Love Me This Way.”

Urban’s country music fame is rivaled only by his marriage to Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman.

Urban is set to perform July 28 at the Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles. It’s his third appearance at the California Mid-State Fair.

Tickets, which cost $50 to $100, go on sale Jan. 22. They can be purchased by calling 1-800-909-FAIR (3247) or visiting www.midstatefair.com.

-- Sarah Linn