The Official 2012 Hangar’s concert lineup includes:
Journey Unauthorized: A Salute to the Music of Journey – Friday, July 13, 8:30 p.m. The combined product of bay-area natives Perry Stevens, Ray Potter, Damion Mantle, Jimmy Wells and Dave Matthews, this is a salute to Journey’s music that recreates the sights and sounds of the 1980s band.
“Led Zeppelin Live” Starring Heartbreaker – Saturday, July 14, 8:30 p.m. Jefrey James, Stuart Horton, John Williams and Joel Pelletier have been playing all over the western hemisphere, from Anchorage, Alaska to the Dominican Republic since 2000.
Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute Show – Wednesday, July 18, 8:30 p.m. With its seamless re-creation of Prince’s raw energy, Purple Reign was the first-ever tribute/impersonator act to appear as the musical guest on Late Show with David Letterman in 2008.
Queen Nation: A Tribute to the Music of Queen – Thursday, July 19, 8:30 p.m. This tribute to Queen was formed in 2004 and follows the mission of carrying on the musical torch and pay homage to the golden age of vintage Queen concerts.
The Cured: The Cure Tribute Experience – Friday, July 20, 8:30 p.m. A Southern California-based realistic rendition of the ‘80s super band The Cure performing a true-to-era 1989 Cure concert complete with music, costumes, lights and effects.
The Joshua Tree: A Tribute to U2 – Saturday, July 21, 8:30 p.m. This tribute to U2 will commemorate the 25th anniversary of U2’s The Joshua Tree by performing the album in its entirety live at the OC Fair.
Tenth Avenue North – Sunday, July 22, 8:15 p.m. This contemporary Christian music band from West Palm Beach, Florida, has become one of the brightest lights on the contemporary Christian music scene.
Wild Child: A Jim Morrison Celebration – Wednesday, July 25, 8:30 p.m. This Los Angeles-based act has 20 solid years of performance in the competitive L.A. music scene. The band will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of the classic Doors album, The Door.
No Duh: The Ultimate No Doubt / Gwen Stefani Concert Tribute Experience – Thursday, July 26, 8:30 p.m. No Duh mixes the experience and energy of a live No Doubt or Gwen Stefani concert with nostalgic visuals, styling and props of the band’s music videos, complete with costume changes and even some humor.
Elton – The Early Years – Friday, July 27, 8:30 p.m. This successful tribute band leaves audiences feeling like they went back in time, complete with polyester, flared bell pants, platform shoes, glasses, glitter and sequins.
Jumping Jack Flash: Celebrating the Stones’ 50th Anniversary with Special Guests – Saturday, July 28, 8:30 p.m. Jumping Jack Flash honors the privilege of re-creating a Rolling Stones’ live performance by delivering what audiences come to see: the theatrics and power of “The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” in its prime.
The English Beat / The Originalites – Sunday, July 29, 7 p.m. Known in England as simply “The Beat,” the English Beat is a ska revival band founded in England in 1978. Their songs fuse ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock. Orange County band The Originalities blend the sounds of surf classics with reggae and ska.
Arrival From Sweden – The Music of ABBA – Wednesday, August 1, 8:30 p.m. Founded in 1995 in Gothenburg, Sweden, this band soon became one of the world’s greatest selling ABBA tribute bands and has toured to more than 35 nations and appeared in several TV and radio shows.
Mötley Inc / Pyromania – Tributes to Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard – Thursday, August 2, 8:30 p.m. Mötley Inc, composed of bandmates Timmy Craben, Joe Lester, Lance Turner and Scott Patterson, will pay homage to the ’80s heavy metal band in a show that’s guaranteed to rock. Pyromania brings Def Leppard music back to life in true authenticity with a live concert feeling.
Hot August Night – A Neil Diamond Tribute – Friday, August 3, 8:30 p.m. With lead singer Dean Colley’s remarkable resemblance to Neil Diamond, this band has played casinos, corporate parties, fairs and clubs all over the United States, Japan, Canada and England.
Which One’s Pink? – The Best of Pink Floyd – Saturday, August 4, 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles-based Which One’s Pink? pays tribute to classic rock band Pink Floyd in a stunning display of vocals and visual effects.
Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra – Sunday, August 5, 8 p.m. With his enigmatic stage presence, German-born Ottmar Liebert has brought flamenco to mainstream America with a level of class and accessibility.
Moonwalker – The Reflection of Michael Jackson – Wednesday, August 8, 8:30 p.m. Michael Firestone brings Michael Jackson to life in an explosion of energy with his voice, costuming and dance that have dazzled audiences worldwide.
Night Fever – The Bee Gees Tribute – Thursday, August 9, 8:30 p.m. As the largest production of the Bee Gees in the world, this all-Canadian cast has been touring for the past 10 years, from Disneyland to Russia.
Strangelove – The Ultimate Tribute to Depeche Mode – Friday, August 10, 8:30 p.m. Composed of Freddie Morales, Brent Meyer, David Sepe and Brian Johnson, Strangelove brings a fun and staggeringly authentic Depeche Mode experience.
Dead Man’s Party – The Oingo Boingo Tribute – Saturday, August 11, 8:30 p.m. This eight-piece band has been fashioned after the original Oingo Boingo lineup, featuring a three-piece horn section, guitar, bass, keys, drums and a front-man so convincing that people sometimes believe that they are actually watching Danny Elfman himself.
Mariachi Sol De Mexico De Jose Hernandez – Sunday, August 12, 6 p.m. Formed by Jose Hernandez in 1981, Mariachi Sol de Mexico offers traditional mariachi sounds embellished with fresh contemporary passion and powerful new rhythms.
Tickets for The Hangar at the 2012 OC Fair are on sale now via Ticketmaster or at the OC Fair & Event Center Box Office, which is open 3-9 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and 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.