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 favorite artists live and under the stars. Once again, with the Fair’s expanded dates – Sept. 8-Oct. 1 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) – the concert series has 15 rockin’ evenings at the nation’s largest and greatest county fair.
Among this year’s bill are legendary rockers Heart and Creedence Clearwater Revisited, country songstress LeAnn Rimes, Def Jam recording artist Rihanna, disco diva Donna Summer 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. 8, with a night with Latin Legends Live featuring Tierra, Malo, and Ersi Arvisu and Mickey Lespron, formerly of El Chicano. On Saturday, Sept. 9, sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson bring their solid guitar sounds to the stage with their band Heart. With hits like “Crazy On You,” “Barracuda,” and “Magic Man,” they’ll be kicking off the opening weekend in true rock style. Country superstars Montgomery Gentry conclude the first weekend on Sunday, Sept. 10.
On Thursday, Sept. 14, the ground will shake with intensity as Monster Truck Madness rolls in for a good time. Expect to see Bounty Hunter, Jurassic Attack and more. The evening turns into another hot Latin night Friday, Sept. 15, as Ana Bárbara and Los Tucanes de Tijuana share the stage.
On Saturday, Sept. 16, current music chart topper Rihanna brings her soulful sounds to the Fair. Her “Unfaithful” video was recently one of MTV’s Big 10 Rotation videos. Rihanna will share the evening with Trey Songz, bringing in some R&B with a hip-hop urgency. In 2001, after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the United States, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo brought the grandstand crowd to tears and to their feet with an emotional rendition of “America the Beautiful” – a moment never to be forgotten. The duo returns Sunday, Sept. 17, to rock the seats with hits like “Heartbreaker” and “Love is a Battlefield.”