The grandstand at Fairplex will rock and roll with excitement this summer as the 2004 L.A. County Fair kicks off another great season of nighttime entertainment with its “End of Summer Concert Series.” The Fair runs Sept. 10-26.
From the guitar twangs of legend Willie Nelson to the soul of The Isley Brothers with Ron Isley to the Latin beat of MARIACHI USA Fiesta and the roar of Monster Truck Madness, the sounds bursting from the Los Angeles Newspaper Group Grandstand Stage will offer 11 evenings of magic and a summer to remember.
The fun kicks off Friday, Sept. 10, with Fair favorite WAR. The Afro-Cuban, jazz-funk band has been around since the early 1970s, spinning out hits like “Lowrider,” “The World is a Ghetto” and “Slippin’ Into Darkness.” WAR was the first and most successful musical crossover phenomenon that forever fused rock, jazz, Latin and rhythm and blues while transcending racial and cultural barriers with a multi-ethnic lineup. The band has sold nearly 25 million records.
On Saturday, Sept. 11, The Isley Brothers with Ron Isley will hit the stage with their music, which has spanned four generations. With a mix of gospel, R&B, rock, disco, soul and funk, they are sure to get the audience swaying and clapping. From 1973 to 1983 the Isley Brothers had nine albums go gold or platinum. In 1992 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now made up of brothers Ron and Ernie, the Isleys are appealing to a new generation of music lovers as they collaborate with current artists such as R. Kelly and Jill Scott.
Lonestar has been a powerhouse in the country music industry for years. The band makes it to the grandstand Sunday, Sept. 12. Formed in 1992 and signed with BNA records in 1994, the group has been showered with awards and honors including two gold albums, “Crazy Nights” and “Lonestar,” a triple platinum with “Lonely Grill,” and, the most recent, platinum with its greatest hits album released in 2003. In 2003 Lonestar also had Billboard’s most played country song of the year, “My Front Porch Looking In.”
The first three nights of entertainment are presented by LG.
From good vibrations to loud reverberations, the grandstand will rumble as 10,000-pound machines with 2,000 horsepower burn with intensity during Monster Truck Madness on Thursday, Sept. 16. Some of the top mega-trucks will kick up the turf.
Live first performed with each other in middle school in York, PA. About 17 years later they have sold nearly 20 million albums. The band comes to the Fair Friday, Sept. 17. Churning out rock ’n’ roll, the quartet entered Billboard prominence in 1994 with their fifth album “Throwing Copper,” which sold seven million copies. Live has topped the Billboard charts with five No.1 singles, nine Top 10 singles and No. 1 albums in Australia, Holland, South Africa, Canada, Belgium and New Zealand. In addition, two No.1 albums have graced the Billboard Top 200 album chart. Live is known for their overtly spiritual lyrics that have been compared to U2.
Bringing a South-of-the-Border flare to the Fair, MARIACHI USA Fiesta will hit the stage Saturday, Sept. 18. Presented by Bank of America, this vibrant display of pageantry, color, song and dance promises to light up the stage. The Fair show is a 90-minute version of the MARIACHI USA Festival performed annually at the Hollywood Bowl.
Moto X Mayhem will tear it up on Thursday, Sept. 23. High-flying daredevils on two wh