By popular demand: Dixie Chicks add a second State Fair show


Apparently once just wasn't enough.

Just two weeks after the Minnesota State Fair announced the Dixie Chicks as one of next year's headlining Grandstand acts, we're learning the uber-popular country trio will play not one, but two nights in 2016.

"Due to popular demand," the fair said in a news release, "a second Dixie Chicks show has been added to the 2016 Grandstand Concert Series."

The group, which was scheduled to play only on Saturday, Aug. 27, will now also perform on Sunday, Aug. 28. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Friday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.

The Texas band's stop in Minnesota is part of its 41-date "MMXVI" tour, which marks the Chicks' return to headlining engagements – something they haven't seen much of since 2006. It's partly due to a political backlash they experienced in 2003 after lead singer Natalie Maines spoke against President George W. Bush and the invasion of Iraq at a London concert, Songbird Mag notes.

There was significant fallout following the incident, with a number of country singers voicing their displeasure with the Dixie Chicks, most famously Toby Keith, with whom Maines had a well publicized war of words, the Boot writes.

The website says the controversy was the subject of the 2006 documentary, "Shut Up and Sing," which followed the Dixie Chicks as they coped with the ramifications of Maines' comments – including death threats. The backlash ultimately led to a hiatus for the band.

The Minnesota State Fair notes Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas are also playing the Grandstand (on Aug. 31), and more acts will be announced between now and next summer.

Tickets will be available on etix.com.

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