Scott Anderson, lead singer of the Canadian alternative rock band Finger Eleven, said fans who come to the Bloomsburg Fair show Tuesday night can expect to hear songs from the group’s five albums.
And plenty of folks involved are hoping they do come.
Finger Eleven is performing as special guest of Three Days Grace on one of just two nights of rock acts at the fair, where country music, downhome folk know, usually takes center stage.
“I love singing, especially to people who don’t know our music — or they think they don’t know it,” Anderson said.
He said the band’s two big songs in the United States, “One Thing” and “Paralyzer,” are songs people might recognize but don’t know who sings.
Anderson said he and his bandmates have performed in the past with Three Days Grace, another band from Ontario, but are not touring currently.
“We did a handful of gigs this summer,” the 38-year-old front man said. “We’re trying to put a record together. It’s nice to be able to be home and creative.”
When it’s done, they’ll hit the road for about seven months.
The band’s last studio effort, released a few years ago, was “Life Turns Electric,” which includes the single, “Living in a Dream.”
Anderson said the band should impress the Bloomsburg fans with some legitimate rock-‘n’-roll.
“I’m thinking they’re going to get their money’s worth.”
The night after Finger Eleven and Three Days Grace perform, Halestorm, a rock band from Red Lion, Pa., will appear on the grandstand stage.
Then, as it usually does, country will fill the bill. Casting Crowns, Billboard’s top-selling Christian music act since 2007, will perform Monday night.
Carey Howell, the fair’s superintendent of grandstand, said fewer rock acts perform at the fair each year because those shows just don’t sell as well.
“We usually go with country, because that’s what sells down here,” Howell said. “We’ve got a lot of college-age students who like rock. We have two rock acts this year, and they’re not selling real well.”
He said more fans might buy the tickets at the gate just before the shows.
Even the show for the younger set, Austin Mahone with special guest CoCo Jones next Friday night, is not selling well, Howell said.
He said the fair tries to book acts for each age group, working with Variety Attractions of Zanesville, Ohio.
“They book acts for 28 states,” he said. “We kind of watch what’s hot and get a price and put in the offers.”
For 14-year-old Carol Brewster of Edwardsville, her sister Tina and friend Megan Klinges of Kingston, country singer Hunter Hayes is what’s hot.
Hayes, the Country Music Association’s best new artist of 2012, is performing Sunday night along with special guests Dan & Shay.
“I haven’t seen him before,” said Carol, a freshman at West Side Career and Technology Center. “It’ll be only the second time I’ve been at the fair.”
Even more exciting for them are seats are in the sixth row.
Mom Diane Brewster is driving the girls to the fair but opted not to go to the show. She said she attended an Eddie Rabbitt concert at the fair in the early ’80s.
“When I went at that time, it was excellent,” she recalled. “The seats were really close. I went with some friends, and she had her brothers.”
If Brewster were to go to a show this year, she would love to see country ballad singer Lee Greenwood (“God Bless The USA”), who will perform tonight, or country singer Scotty McCreery, the 2011 American Idol winner, who will take the stage Thursday night.