Rock – and roll – has a whole new meaning at the 2008 L.A. County Fair. The End of Summer Concert Series and the all new Adrenaline Nights tour, presented by Toyota, bring the biggest names in music and high-action entertainment to the Grandstand, from classic rock to country, monster trucks to extreme daredevil stunts, disco to professional bullriding. It’s a 15-night lineup not to be missed! Best of all, limited general admission seating for the concerts and Adrenaline Nights is FREE with general Fair admission. Premium seating is also available, so rock on!
Back with an exciting opening to the Fair Friday, Sept. 5, WAR is an American original, a permanent part of America’s pop cultural landscape. With 80 million records to their credit, 17 gold, platinum and multi platinum album awards and 12 Top 40 hits, WAR’s rock-funk-Latin-jazz and R&B will bring down the house. Country music’s newest hot duo and Academy of Country Music Award winners for best new duo/group, best video and best single with “Stay,” Sugarland makes their debut at the Fair Saturday, Sept. 6. The chart-topping singer/songwriter team of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush will have the crowd yelling for more with hits like “Baby Girl,” “Something More,” “Just Might (Make Me Believe)” and “Down in Mississippi (Up To No Good).” Rounding out opening weekend Sunday, Sept. 7, The Doobie Brothers and Grand Funk Railroad. One of rock & roll’s most recognizable and successful bands of all time, The Doobie Brothers have sold more than 50 million records worldwide, including hits “China Grove,” “Long Train Running” and “Black Water.”One of the ‘70s most successful hard rock bands, playing with a loud simple take on the blues-rock-power trio sound and strong working class appeal, GFR scored a big hit No. 1 single with “We’re an American Band.”
They’re big, they’re loud and they’re really popular. Join in the fun when the monster trucks return to the Fairplex Park Grandstand Thursday, Sept. 11 as part of the Adrenaline Nights series of high action entertainment. Scheduled to perform some serious dirt remodeling, spinning and jumping are the big boys, Bounty Hunter, Natural High, Iron Outlaw, Jurassic Attack, Maniac, Nasty Boy and Unnamed Untamed. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Smokey Robinson owns the L.A. County Fair stage Friday, Sept. 12 with his smooth vocals and songbook of Motown sounds. Robinson personifies the Detroit sound that spawned the likes of himself and the world famous Miracles. Disco lights up the Fair Saturday, Sept. 13 with KC & The Sunshine Band and Village People. The preeminent disco band, KC is celebrating his 35th anniversary of glistening disco balls, sequined polyester suits, thumping bass lines and everything that was good and fun in the 1970s. The band will be singing the classics “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s the Way” and “Shake Your Booty.” One of the most recognizable singing groups in pop culture with its Native American, construction worker, soldier, cop, cowboy and biker, Village People have sold more than 65 million recordings and are entering their third decade of entertaining audiences worldwide. Sunday, Sept. 14 the End of Summer Concert Series gets some rock and roll Mexican style when Jaguares hits the stage. Since its formation in 1995, the band has become one of Mexico’s most loved bands, with lead singer Saul Hernandez heating things up. The groups new studio album 45 will be released Sept. 2.
American Daredevils-Random Acts of Recklessness sets the night on fire Thursday, Sept. 18.
This is the craziest most insane show this side of the Mississippi, another in the Fair’s Adrenaline Nights series. The audience will see The Falling Star, a free fall from more than 100-feet, with the faller on fire; a 200-foot motorcycle jump, the longest ever attempted at the L.A. County Fair; an 80-foot fire bomb car crash; a car roll-over; a cork-screw car crash and a steel wall car crash. The ‘80s return in style Friday, Sept. 19 with The Bangles, Berlin featuring Terri Nunn and The Motels featuring Martha Davis. With hits “Manic Monday,” “Hazy Shade of Winter” and the iconic “Walk Like an Egyptian,” rock historians view The Bangles as one of the greatest all-female bands ever. With hits like “The Metro,” “Masquerade,” “Sex (I’m A…)” and the love ballad from the movie Top Gun, “Take My Breath Away,” Berlin proved to be the barometer for the synthpop, New Wave sound. Martha Davis’ stage performance, songwriting and soulful pop vocal style led The Motels to the forefront of the pop scene of the 1980s and are now launching the band into a fresh return. Jessica Simpson makes her Fair debut on Saturday, Sept. 20. This talented artist, international star and media darling is hitting the country charts again. MARIACHI USA®Fiesta, presented by Univision and San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, comes to the Fair Sunday, Sept. 21 for a 90-minute version of the ever-popular MARIACHI USA® Festival, a 19-year tradition at the Hollywood Bowl, with an unforgettable uplifting Mariachi experience that keeps the audience dancing, laughing and singing. The multi-sensory show will feature an elite group of musicians.
Guilherme Marchi Classic Professional Bull Riders, presented by Jeffrey Scott®Fine Magnetics, tears it up Thursday, Sept. 25. Known as the toughest sport on dirt, this is where man meets beast. The rules are simple. Place a wiry 150-pound cowboy on the back of a hulking, snorting temperamental 2,000-pound bull and see if he can ride the brute for an eternal eight seconds...with one hand strapped to the bull's massive backside. Charlie Wilson & the Gap Band, Rose Royce and Lakeside bring their R&B sounds to the Fair Friday, Sept. 26. The Gap Band’s 1980 releases “Shake” and “I Don’t Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance” reached the U.S. R&B Top 10. Then came “Burn Rubber on Me” and “Yearning for Your Love” from the album Gap Band III, certified platinum, selling more than a million copies. Rose Royce has recorded several legendary hits in a 29-year career including “Love D