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Starset, led by Salem native, picked to open Canfield Fair show

Canfield Fair promoters have chosen a band with local ties to open the fair's grandstands show on Monday.
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CANFIELD — "Cinematic" rock band Starset is slated to open for Shinedown on Monday at the 175th Canfield Fair, entertainment coordinators announced.

Starset was chosen to replace Theory, the band formerly scheduled to open the fair's grandstands show Monday for Shinedown, who backed out last week due to COVID-19 concerns. Click here to purchase tickets to see Shinedown and Starset via Ticketmaster.

Starset, whose frontman Dustin Bates is a 1999 Salem High School graduate, is a band billed as "part cinematic rock band, part conceptual storytellers, weaving an intricate narrative through multimedia and redefining the concept of a truly immersive entertainment experience."

"The band have made it their mission to take fans on a journey through music, video, AR-integrated performances, a Marvel graphic novel and online experiences, blurring the lines of science, fact and fiction," reads a release from fair promoter JAC Live.

"The band’s third album DIVISIONS provides the soundtrack to the next chapter of their overarching narrative — one of a dystopian future world divided by the technology that has taken over in a war for human consciousness — those obeying and implementing it, and those fighting against it," the release states.

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