The soulful singer-songwriter Oliver Anthony, who took the nation by storm earlier this year with his blue-collar country sound, is headed to Palmer for the 2024 Alaska State Fair.

Anthony is set to play on Sunday, Sept. 1, at the ConocoPhillips Borealis Theatre. Tickets go on sale Nov. 17.

Anthony made music history this year when he became the first artist in history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard charts without previously having a song on the charts. He is also the first living male songwriter to chart 13 songs simultaneously in Billboard’s Top 50 Digital Song Sales.

Anthony became an overnight national sensation with the release of “Rich Men North of Richmond,” which has been dubbed the nation’s “blue-collar anthem.” The song has been streamed more than 77 million times on YouTube and more than 115 million across streaming platforms. Five of his other songs have made iTunes’ Top 10, with “I’ve Got to Get Sober” reaching No. 3. “Ain’t Got a Dollar” claimed the No. 1 spot on Spotify’s Viral 50 list and No. 2 on iTunes.

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Oliver Anthony to play the Alaska State Fair

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • V says:

    Yesssss! Bring more of this!

  • Ceak says:

    oh I am going!

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    Congratulations to this person. great job!

  • Plato's Spawn says:

    this one hit home with me.

  • Nicole says:

    Will concert-goers submit to the State Fair control-enforcers who deem every individual a threat, search them, run them through scanners, and deny them their individual right to bear arms leaving them and their family members sitting ducks

  • Kathy L. says:

    Another good one is Jason Aldean “Try that in a small town”. Glad the Fair snatched this guy up. Gonna be one heck of a show!

  • PS says:

    I was thrilled to hear this…..until I discovered the AK State Fair was not providing any RESERVED SEATING! Not everyone who is unable to stand for lengthy periods of time in a huge crowd of people can qualify for handicapped seating. Also am not happy about decades of concerts in Alaska weather and they still have not built roofing over the venue.