COSTA MESA, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 29, 2012) - The Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre at the 2012 OC Fair will feature a diverse and entertaining lineup with something for everyone. The 23-show season kicks off with Willie Nelson & Family and continues to include pop, alternative, rock and country favorites, plus Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice and comedic ventriloquist Jeff Dunham. The 2012 OC Fair and the Summer Concert Series are July 13 - August 12 (Wednesday-Sunday). Pacific Amphitheatre concert tickets are available at fan-friendly prices starting at $15 and include free Fair admission.
The Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre at the 2012 OC Fair features:
Willie Nelson & Family
Friday, July 13, 8 p.m.
Churning out hits since the '60s, singer, songwriter and activist Willie Nelson is an icon of post-rock 'n' roll country music, with singles such as "Remember Me" and "I Love You A Thousand Ways," and his famed cover of Elvis Presley's "Always On My Mind." The country star and his family will open this year's OC Fair with a night of good music and happy vibes. Tickets start at $29.50.
Happy Together Tour
Saturday, July 14, 8:15 p.m.
The Happy Together Tour, named after The Turtles' 1967 No. 1 hit, features the remaining original band members, as well as Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams. Tickets start at $17.50.
Matisyahu / Katchafire
Sunday, July 15, 7 p.m.
Grammy-nominated Matthew Miller, better known by his Hebrew name Matisyahu, infuses traditional reggae with lyrics about hope and the human experience. He is perhaps best known for his hit single "One Day." His performance will be complemented by New Zealand reggae band Katchafire, named after Bob Marley's "Catch A Fire," for a night even Marley himself would approve of. Tickets start at $19.50.
Scotty McCreery / Attwater
Wednesday, July 18, 8:15 p.m.
Country singer Scotty McCreery's astonishing bass vocals propelled him to fame in the 10th season of FOX's American Idol. Now, as the Season 10 Idol winner, McCreery is touring the country, unveiling his debut album Clear As Day. Tickets start at $22.50.
Thursday, July 19, 7:45 p.m.
Adam Lambert, who earned his fame as runner-up on FOX's American Idol, made history in May 2012 when he became the first openly gay man to claim the No. 1 spot atop Billboard's Hot 200 for his latest album Trespassing. The singer, known for his power vocals and eccentricity, sold 77,000 copies of the album in the first seven days of its release. Tickets start at $29.50.
Bachman & Turner / Foghat
Friday, July 20, 7:30 p.m.
Randy Bachman and Fred Turner, of legendary rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive, are noted for such classics as "Taking Care Of Business" and "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet." The duo will take the Pacific Amphitheatre stage after opener Foghat, who skyrocketed to fame after the release of their 1975 single "Slow Ride." Tickets start at $19.50.
Cody Simpson / Madasen McGrath
Saturday, July 21, 8:15 p.m.
Queensland, Australia-born teen pop phenomenon Cody Simpson made his mark in the U.S. with his breakthrough hit "On My Mind." The singer has been featured on The Today Show and at Nickelodeon's 2012 Kids Choice Awards. Singer, songwriter and OC native Madasen McGrath will open the show. Tickets start at $15.
Young The Giant / The Steelwells
Sunday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.
Young The Giant, formerly known as The Jakes, began making eclectic indie-rock music in Irvine. The group gained momentum after touring with rock band Kings Of Leon, and released their self-titled debut in 2010. The indie-rock show will be complete with Fullerton's The Steelwells, who took home two OC Music Awards this past year for Best New Artist and Best Song. Tickets start at $20.
Sheryl Crow / honeyhoney
Wednesday, July 25, 8 p.m.
Grammy Award-winning artist Sheryl Crow is perhaps best known for such smash hits "All I Wanna Do" and "Soak Up The Sun." Los Angeles duo honeyhoney will open the show. Tickets start at $29.50.
Hot Chelle Rae / Allstar Weekend
Thursday, July 26, 7:45 p.m.
Hot Chelle Rae, formed in Nashville, Tenn., skyrocketed to fame in 2011 with their hit single "Tonight Tonight." Pop-rock band Allstar Weekend will kick off the night's show. Tickets start at $19.50.
Steel Pulse With Very Special Guest The Dirty Heads
Friday, July 27, 7 p.m.
Steel Pulse is one of Britain's greatest reggae bands, in terms of creative and commercial success. In 1986, the group was awarded a Grammy for their album Babylon The Bandit. Steel Pulse will be joined by special guest The Dirty Heads, whose debut single "Lay Me Down" spent 11 weeks atop the Billboard Alternative Chart. Tickets start at $17.50.
Earth, Wind & Fire
Saturday, July 28, 8 p.m.
Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning group Earth, Wind & Fire is an icon of the pop, R&B and jazz genres. With hits such as "September," "Show Me The Way" and "Sunday Morning," the living legends bridge the generation gap and deliver a show people of all ages will enjoy. Tickets start at $19.75.
Three Dog Night / The Guess Who
Sunday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.
Legendary music icons Three Dog Night celebrate their fourth decade with songs like "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)," "Joy to the World" and "Black and White." Canadian superstars The Guess Who are perhaps best known in America for their chart-topping "American Woman," released in 1970. Tickets start at $17.50.
Tears For Fears
Wednesday, August 1, 8:15 p.m.
English pop-rock band Tears For Fears took the '80s by storm with their megahit "Shout." Thirty years later, Tears For Fears is possibly better than ever. Tickets start at $25.
Victoria Justice / Max Schneider
Thursday, August 2, 8:15 p.m.
Victoria Justice rose to fame as the star of the hit Nickelodeon show "Victorious," after having appeared on the network's "Zoey 101" and original movie Spectacular!. Fellow Nickelodeon star Max Schneider will open for the teen actress and singer. Tickets start at $18.75.
Cinderella / Sebastian Bach
Friday, August 3, 7:30 p.m.
Heavy metal band Cinderella emerged in the mid-'80s with a series of multi-platinum albums and hit singles whose music videos received heavy rotation on MTV. A night of '80s hair metal will be complete with a performance by Sebastian Bach, the former frontman of Skid Row. Tickets start at $17.50.
The Fab Four / Surfin' Safari
Saturday, August 4, 8 p.m.
The Los Angeles Times once called The Fab Four "The Best Beatles Band On Earth." As a dedicated tribute band, the quartet pays homage to The Beatles with their covers of such hits as "Yellow Submarine" and "Yesterday." The night will include a performance by tribute band Surfin' Safari, whose concerts immortalize the music of The Beach Boys. Tickets start at $15.
Sunday, August 5, 8 p.m.
Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is a regular on Comedy Central. Dunham has been called "America's Favorite Comedian" by Slate.com, and according to Pollstar is the highest-grossing standup act in North America. Tickets start at $39.50.
The All-American Rejects
Wednesday, August 8, 7:30 p.m.
Alternative rock band The All-American Rejects has produced multi-platinum-selling albums and several hits including "Swing, Swing," "Dirty Little Secret" and "Move Along." Since their formation in 1999, the band has toured the world. Tickets start at $25.
Thursday, August 9, 8:15 p.m.
Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson are the creative spark behind Heart, a rock band who initially found success in the '70s. The duo is known for such hits as "Crazy On You," "Magic Man" and megahit "Barracuda." Tickets start at $22.50.
Friday, August 10, 8:15 p.m.
Country music star Martina McBride has sold millions of copies of her hit-filled albums worldwide. Her hits include "My Baby Loves Me" and "Blessed." In April, the singer headlined the Stagecoach Country Music Festival. Tickets start at $35.75.
Saturday, August 11, 8 p.m.
English pop-rock band Duran Duran was one of the highest-selling bands of the 1980s. The fashion-forward band produced such megahits as "Rio" and "Hungry Like The Wolf." Tickets start at $39.75.
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Sunday, August 12, 8 p.m.
Weird Al is best known for his musical parodies that include such hits as "Eat It," "Amish Paradise" and "White & Nerdy" and is favorite of Fairgoers. Tickets start at $17.75.
Tickets for the Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre at the 2012 OC Fair are on sale now via Ticketmaster or at the OC Fair & Event Center Box Office, which is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com or by phone (800) 745-3000. Concert tickets include free Fair admission for the day of the show.
The 2012 OC Fair, themed Home Sweet Home, is July 13 - August 12 and will bring 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports and fun, as well as the Super Pass, Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena. The Fair is open Wednesday-Sunday. Concert tickets, action sports reserved seats, single-day general admission and the popular Super Pass are available for purchase online at ticketmaster.com or from the on-site Box Office.
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