If you had any doubts about the value that the L.A. County Fair packs, check out this entertainment lineup, along with the fact that general admission to all concerts is free with Fair admission. Reserved seating is available to all the shows for just $13.50 to $19.50. Stageside seating is available for $50. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Dates for the 2003 Kinder. Simpler. Funner. L.A. County Fair are Sept. 12-28.
The End of Summer Concert Series on the Los Angeles Newspaper Group Grandstand Stage will serve up 11 hot nights of entertainment with enough variety to please the most discriminating music aficionados of all ages.
With WAR on the marquee for opening night, Friday, Sept. 12, you know that the L.A. County Fair has officially opened. The rock, jazz and soul influences of the group were around in the ‘70s when they served as rocker Eric Burdon’s group, backing the ex-Animal on his 1970 million-seller “Spill the Wine.” Still going strong, the band’s 24th album was released in 2000.
It’ll be a party when the B-52’s bring their distinctive sound and style to the Budweiser Fairplex Park grandstand on Saturday, Sept. 13. The group will have the crowd on their feet with songs like “Rock Lobster,” “Planet Claire,” and their first-ever Hot 100 hits- "Love Shack," "Roam" and "Deadbeat Club.”
Styx, who played and rocked the grandstand in 2000, will return on Sunday, Sept. 14, with an energy that cannot and will not be deterred by time or changing market trends. The group has had Top 10 hits under each of the last four United States presidents and Top 10 hits in three decades.
Monster Truck Extreme will rock and roll when it rumbles into the grandstand on Thursday, Sept. 18. The four-wheeling fun is a crowd pleaser with the likes of Monster Patrol, Scarlett Bandit, Dragon Slayer, Bounty Hunter, Bear Foot, Live Wire and Hot Shot rotating, motating, and syncopating to the cheers of all in attendance.
Friday, Sept. 19, Brad Paisley--having been honored with seven major award show trophies, (including three CMA Awards), back to back platinum albums, and an NSAI “Songwriter of the Year” award--will fill the grandstand with his trademark love of fun, heartfelt sincerity and song. Paisley has a new album that will be released on July 22 and is enjoying the No. 1 status on CMT of his single “Celebrity.” Performing such notables as the hilarious smash, “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song),” “Celebrity,” “He Didn’t Have To Be,” “We Danced,” and “I Wished You’d Stay,” the multi Grammy and CMA winner is sure to receive a warm L.A. County Fair welcome.
Look out on Saturday, Sept. 20, as Earth, Wind & Fire makes the grandstand its own. The synthesizing soul, funk, R&B, pop, gospel and African styles that have made it one of the top-selling, most influential bands in modern music history will resonate throughout the venue. Get ready for hits like “Shining Star,” September,” and “Let’s Groove.”
MARIACHI USA Fiesta will delight the audience on Sunday, Sept. 21, with an eclectic musical revue, a version of which is performed annually at the Hollywood Bowl. Among the performers that will grace the stage are Mariachi Imperial de Mexico, Rhonda Garcia and Melinda.
The legendary Willie Nelson will make his L.A. County Fair entertainment debut on Friday