Boyz II Men: “Motownphilly” meets east side Des Moines at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Susan Knapp Amphitheater. The R&B act is best known for ballads like “End of the Road” and “I’ll Make Love To You.” Free.
JJ Grey and Mofro: Soul rockers JJ Grey & Mofro play their first Iowa State Fair show at 8 p.m. Thursday on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage. The band has won over jam fans for years while walking the line between blues, southern rock and funk. Free.
Here Come the Mummies: A ridiculous novelty act (all the members dress up as mummies) that plays some incredible funk tunes. Come for the humor, stay for the musty funk. See them at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19. Free.
The Band Perry: After performing on a free stage last year, The Band Perry returns for a Grandstand show at 8 p.m. Tuesday . The sibling band had a huge crossover hit with “If I Die Young,” following it up with “You Lie,” “All Your Life” and “Postcard from Paris.” Easton Corbin opens. $35.
Miranda Lambert: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” singer Miranda Lambert headlines the Grandstand at 8 p.m. Sunday. Lambert’s hits include “Over You,” “Gunpowder & Lead” and “Heart Like Mine.” Pistol Annies, a supergroup that includes Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, will also perform. $48.
Rascal Flatts: This popular country trio brings 10 years of No. 1 hits to the Grandstand at 7 p.m. Aug. 19. The group recently released its eighth studio album, “Changed,” featuring the hit “Banjo.” Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Eden’s Edge open. $59.
Will Hoge: Southern rocker Will Hoge makes his appearance at the Iowa State Fair this year. The singer-songwriter has performed with everyone from Sugarland and Keith Urban to Lisa Loeb and The Civil Wars. Hoge’s latest album, “Number Seven,” came out last fall. 8 p.m. Saturday at the Susan Knapp Amphitheater. Free.