Big Time Rush bring youth to county fair

First Posted: 8/18/2011

LIMA — It's a show for the young and young-at-heart when Big Time Rush takes the stage at this year's Allen County Fair.The group performs on the Nickelodeon show of the same name, where they portray a band trying to make it to the big time. The connection between fiction and reality is not lost on the band.“It's definitely a surreal feeling, but it adds a dimension to how we play our roles on the show since we can really relate to what our characters are going through,” band member Logan 
Henderson said.Fellow band member Kendall Schmidt added, “I'm passionate about music, so this is really a dream come true for me. Life in the band has afforded us so many amazing opportunities like collaborating with incredible talent like Snoop Dogg and Iyaz.”In fact, Big Time Rush is the highest-rated and was the most wached live action premiere in the history of Nickolodeon, attracting 6.8 million viewers.All very heady stuff for four young men from Minnesota. And even more so when they leave the studio and take their show, as well as the music, on the road.To keep a handle on reality, the foursome taps into their roots while on the road.“We keep in touch with our friends and family back home, and since we have each other, it makes traveling a lot easier and more fun,” said Carlos Pena. “We're all big fans of Twitter. It's nice to stay connected with people when you're on the road,” he added.But when the tour bus stops, they're ready to roll.“People can expect an energetic performance, filled with songs from the show and the first album. Also, we've started this new thing on tour where we take a picture from the stage with the audience in the background. It's really important to us that our fans are having a great time because we wouldn't be here if it wasn't for their love and support,” Schmidt said.The only question in their minds about performing at the fair is the outdoor venue, and the problems a rainy night can bring.“Weather is our biggest obstacle when performing at an outside venue. We do flips during the show and are constantly running around, so rain can pose a problem,” Henderson added.

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