Matisyahu/katchafire– Sunday, July 15, 7:100 p.m.
Matisyahu assembled a backing band and together recorded Shake Off the Dust…Arise, which was released by JDub Records in 2004. While touring, Matisyahu recorded one of his February 2005 concerts and released the material as Live at Stubb’s, which was issued in April courtesy of Or Music before getting picked up for national distribution by Epic Records. Epic reissued it on August 23, 2005, as Matisyahu toured around the country and prepared a second studio album. The final product, Youth, appeared in March 2006 and was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Reggae Album.
Scotty McCreery/Attwater – Wednesday, July 18, 8:15 p.m.
American Idol Scotty McCreery comes to Pacific Amphitheatre in support of his debut album Clear As Day, featuring the hit singles “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble With Girls.”
Adam Lambert’s new album, Trespassing, hits stores Tuesday, May 15 and he’s celebrating the big release with a performance at The Pacific Amphitheatre. But hurry! Adam’s two sold out Pac Amp performances in 2010 were the fastest selling shows since the venue reopened in 2003.
Bachman & Turner/Foghat – Friday, July 20, 7:30 p.m.
After many years of fan demand, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner—two giants of rock n’ roll—are finally reuniting for the first time in more than 20 years. The musicians at the heart of legendary band Bachman-Turner Overdrive are ready to record and tour again as a new, full- throttle rock machine: Bachman & Turner.
Flush with the success of his current Top 40 hit “On My Mind,” Australian singer/songwriter Cody Simpson comes to Pacific Amphitheatre. In 2008, Simpson attracted worldwide attention by posting videos of himself performing original songs and covers on YouTube, which lead to the release of his 2010 debut single “iYiYi.”
Young the Giant with the Steelwells – Sunday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.
Irvine natives Young The Giant come to Pacific Amphitheatre hot on the heels of their smash self-titled debut. Tying up the Orange County connection, Fullerton based The Steelwells open the show.
Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow brings with her a string of Top 40 hits. Crow’s smash hit debut “Tuesday Night Music Club” spawned such crowd pleasers as “All I Wanna Do” and “Leaving Las Vegas.” Her latest Top 10 release “100 Miles To Memphis” featured the hit single “Summer Day.”
Hot Chelle Rae/Allstar Weekend – Thursday, July 26, 7:45 p.m.
HCR’s latest single is the Billboard charting single “I Like It Like That.” Southern California rockers, Allstar Weekend will be opening this show in support of their latest release All The Way.
Steel Pulse with “The Dirty Heads” – Friday, July 27, 7:300 p.m.
The Dirty Heads “Stand Tall” from Walter May on Vimeo.
One of Britain’s greatest roots reggae bands, Steel Pulse are best known for their seminal releases “Handsworth Revolution” and “Babylon The Bandit.” Orange County’s The Dirty Heads opens the show.
One of the most commercially and critically successful funk bands of the last forty years, Earth, Wind & Fire, featuring Philip Bailey, Verdine White, and Ralph Johnson, performs LIVE. The Grammy Award-winning and chart topping band brings a landmark collection of songs including “Shining Star” and “Boogie Wonderland.”.
Three Dog Night/The Guess Who– Sunday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.
Three Dog Night scored a succession of 21 hit singles, including eleven Top Tens, and twelve consecutive gold albums from 1969 to 1975, thanks to the slick, sometimes soulful vocal harmonies of singers Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron, and Cory Wells and an excellent ear for quality material.
Tears for Fears – Wednesday, August 1, 8:15 p.m.
From the beginning, the duo of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith were tackling big subjects — their very name derived from Arthur Janov’s primal scream therapy, and his theories were evident throughout their debut, The Hurting. Driven by catchy, infectious synth pop, The Hurting became a big hit in their native England, setting the stage for international stardom with their second album, 1985′s Songs From the Big Chair. On the strength of the singles “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Shout,” the record became a major hit, establishing the duo as one of the leading acts of the second generation of MTV stars.
Victoria Justice/Max Schneider – Thursday, August 2, 8:15 p.m.
American singer/songwriter/actress Victoria Justice will performing in support of her latest single “Don’t You Forget About Me.” Star of the hit Nickelodeon show Victorious, Justice has a string of hits including “You’re the Reason” and “I Want You Back.”
Celebrating over 25 years together and over 20 million albums sold worldwide, the glam-metal group is best known for their Top 40 hits “Nobody’s Fool” and “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone).” Former Skid Row front man, Sebastian Bach, opens the show.
The Fab Four Surfin Safari – Saturday, August 4, 8:00 p.m.
In the 1960s, pop albums came of age, due in great part to the friendly rivalry between The Beach Boys and The Beatles, whose records spurred the other to greater heights. This tribute band pays respect to these great artists.
Jeff Dunham – Sunday, August 5, 8 p.m.
Jeff Dunham has been entertaining millions with his unique blend of comedy and ventriloquism and was dubbed “the most powerful comedian in the United States” by Time Magazine. With his “Controlled Chaos” tour, Dunham brings brand new laughs to his famed troupe of sidekicks that include: Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, the beer-fueled redneck Bubba J, the manic purple creature Peanut, the almost dead son of Achmed, AJ, and Peanut’s own ventriloquist dummy Little Jeff, a mini-version of the ringmaster himself.
The All-American Rejects is an American alternative rock band formed in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1999
Heart – Thursday, August 9, 8:15 p.m.
With the critical and commercial success of 2010’s Top 10 hit “Red Velvet Car,” and fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, Heart has been a mainstay of rock radio for almost 30 years with such Top 40 hits as “Crazy On You,” “Barracuda,” “Magic Man” and “These Dreams.”
Martina McBride – Friday, August 10, 8:15 p.m.
Country superstar, Martina McBride, riding the success of her latest release, “Eleven,” performs at Pacific Amphitheatre . Since debuting in 1992, McBride has released a series of Top 40 albums including “Evolution,” “Martina” and 2007’s “Waking Up Laughing.”
Duran Duran – Saturday, August 11, 8:00 p.m.
Duran Duran are an English Rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were one of the most successful bands of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven “Second British Invasion” of the United States.
“Weird Al” Yankovic – Sunday, August 12, 8 p.m.
Fair favorite and Grammy award winner “Weird Al” Yankovic returns to the Pacific Amphitheatre in support of his latest release, 2011’s “Alpocalypse.”
Tickets for 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 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.