Summer may be ending but Southern California’s best concert series is just beginning. It’s the L.A. County Fair’s End of Summer Concert Series, presented by Toyota, featuring an all-star lineup of your favorite artists live and under the stars. With the Fair’s expanded dates – Sept. 9-Oct. 2 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) – the concert series has added four more nights for a total of 15 rockin’ evenings at the nation’s largest and greatest county fair.
Among this year’s bill are legendary rockers ZZ TOP, pop icons Daryl Hall and John Oates and the biggest and best Monsters on the big-wheeled truck circuit.
The fun, which has truly become an end of summer tradition, begins Friday, Sept. 9, with Fair favorite WAR. With its fused rock, jazz, Latin and R&B sound, WAR has been a musical melting pot and an enduring influence that has sold 30 million records to date with such songs as “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” and “The Cisco Kid.”
On Saturday, Sept. 10, Lifehouse, will take the grandstand stage. The pop/rock group hit the scene in 2000 with its single “Hanging by a Moment,” the most played radio track of 2001.
On Thursday, Sept. 15, the evening turns into a hot Latin night with Los Tigres Del Norte. With a career that spans more than three decades, Los Tigres Del Norte has become a worldwide success. Sugar Ray hits the stage Friday, Sept. 16. The band’s infectious pop, hip-hop and reggae sound sent them to the top of the album and single charts with hits like “Fly” and “When It’s Over.”
The brilliance of lights and colors will delight on Sunday, Sept. 18, with MARIACHI USA Fiesta, featuring the legendary José Feliciano. Miller Lite presents the performance.
The grounds will roar with intensity on Thursday, Sept. 22, as Monster Truck Madness rolls in for a good time. Expect to see Bounty Hunter, Natural High, Iron Outlaw and more. Pop and soul artists Daryl Hall and John Oates make their first Fair appearance Friday, Sept. 23.
With such hits as “Sara Smile,” “Gone” and “Kiss on My List,” this duo has been a success since the mid-1970s. Another Fair favorite, Tower of Power brings its sound to the Fair Saturday, Sept. 24. With 25 years of recording and touring experience behind it, the band still garners reviews calling it “a very 1990s sounding band.”
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee ZZ TOP bring its Texas rock sound around Sunday, Sept. 25. With hits like “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs,” ZZ Top has remained a staple of good ol’ American rock and roll. This is the band’s first appearance at the Fair.
Crash and smash is the game Thursday, Sept. 29, with the Demolition Derby. Watch as drivers wreak havoc and wreck their way to a win. Hoobastank, hits the stage Friday, Sept. 30. The band hit it big recently with its song “The Reason.” Rounding out part of the last weekend of the Fair is LG Action Sports Championships of Freestyle Motocross Saturday, Oct.1.
Three more acts will be announced in the coming weeks for Sunday, Sept. 11, Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 2.
General admission seating for all End of Summer Concert Series performances is free with Fair admission. Reserved seating is available for $15 to $22.50. Box seating is $17.50 to $25 and stageside seating is available for $60 to $100. Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations and at Fairplex’s credentials office, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. Tickets are also available at www.lacountyfair.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information about the concert series, call Fairplex at (909) 623-3111 or visit the Web site at www.lacountyfair.com or www.fairplex.com.