The faces of Lady Antebellum should be very familiar to Des Moines country fans.
In 2008, the trio opened for Martina McBride at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. Later that year they performed at the Susan Knapp Amphitheater during the Iowa State Fair. In 2009 the group opened for Kenny Chesney at Wells Fargo Arena, and then returned with Tim McGraw in 2010.
After multiple stints as the opening act, Lady Antebellum gets to show off its arena headlining capabilities Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.
The band’s rise to stardom has been quick. Lady Antebellum released its self-titled debut in 2008. The album included the hits “Love Don’t Live Here,” “Lookin’ for a Good Time” and the No. 1 “I Run to You.” They followed that up in 2010 with “Need You Now.”
The album included four top 10 hits, including three No. 1s: “Need You Now,” “American Honey” and “Our Kind of Love.” The album won Lady Antebellum five Grammys, including best country album, record of the year and song of the year for “Need You Now.”
Lady Antebellum’s third album, “Own the Night,” hit stores in September. The album has already gone platinum and spawned the No. 1 hits “Just a Kiss” and “We Owned the Night.” The album has earned the band a Country Music Association Award for vocal group of the year, an American Music Award for favorite country band and an American Country Award for duo/group artist of the year.
Next month the group returns to the Grammys to compete for best country album.
Lady Antebellum won’t be the only familiar faces on stage Saturday night. Both opening acts have played the Iowa State Fair Grandstand in recent years. Thompson Square opened the sold-out Jason Aldean show last summer, and Darius Rucker headlined a Grandstand show in 2010.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
With: Darius Rucker and Thompson Square
Where: Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St.