2012 Corn Palace Festival Entertainment

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The 2012 Corn Palace Festival hosted the following entertainers:

Thompson Square with special guest Frankie Ballard - Friday, August 24

This has been quite a year for husband-and-wife team Keifer and Shawna Thompson, who make up the chart-topping duo Thompson Square. 2011 saw the release of their self titled debut album, which catapulted them into immense success. Two years ago, the couple were bartending in Nashville. Now fans worldwide know Thompson Square from their No.1 smash "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not." This iTunes' Country Song of the Year has grown meteorically to become the most played song at Country radio in 2011. The Thompson's explore the endless dynamics of couple hood throughout the record, and they have earned another hit single from the reassuring lively love anthem "I Got You." Their latest single "Glass" is racing up the Billboard Country chart. 



On his debut album for the label, Frankie Ballard brings a bluesy, rocking edge to the country scene. His talents as a vocalist, songwriter, instrumentalist and showman have already made him one of the genre’s most memorable new personalities. His first single, “Tell Me You Get Lonely,” became a top-five video chart success. His first club tour was with big-time hit maker Uncle Kracker. The first of his songs to be recorded by another artist was by million-selling Billy Currington. All of this took place in 2010.


Charlie Daniels - Saturday, August 25

When you hear a classic Charlie Daniels Band performance like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” you hear music that knows no clear genre. Is it a folk tale? A southern boogie? A country fiddle tune? An electric rock anthem? The answer is, 'Yes!' to all of that and more. The same goes for “In America,” “Uneasy Rider,” “The South's Gonna Do It,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “Still in Saigon,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp,” and the rest of a catalog that spans 50 years of record making and represents more than 20 million in sales.


There is no other act like the Doo-Wah Riders. For over 30 years they have been riding their own patch of the musical range throughout the west. They possess the rare combination of many years of experience and youthful energy, fired by a love for what they do. The Doo-Wahs are country, with a unique, original sound. They define their sound as "high energy country with a cajun twist". Their tight musicianship and powerful arrangements of classic and original songs have made them favorites everywhere they go. 

The Happy Together Tour - Sunday, August 26


The Greatest pop-rock of the 60's, The Happy Together Tour 2012! Starring live on stage: The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Micky Dolenz lead singer of the Monkees, The Grass Roots, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, and The Buckinghams.