August 31st , 2012 @ 7:30 PM- “The Wanted” (and “This is She”)
“The Wanted” is a British-Irish boy band sensation, hitting #1 on the UK Singles Chart with their song “All Time Low” The band’s second and perhaps most popular No. 1 hit, “Glad You Came,” topped the singles chart in both the UK and Ireland and can be heard on any Top 40 radio station in California.
Call her maybe? The L.A. County Fair is Carly Rae Jepsen’s only L.A. headlined appearance. Her hit song “Call Me Maybe” began racing up the iTunes Singles chart where it is now in the Top 10. A native of Canada with a third-place finish on Canadian Idol, two gold singles, two albums and two Juno Award nominations, you’ll want to see this new pop star right here at the fair.
September 2nd @7:30 PM- Grand Funk Railroad & Burton Cummings
Grand Funk Railroad began in 1968, and landed a recording contract with Capitol Records in 1969. They sold more albums than any other American band in 1970 and went on to break the Beatles’ record at Shea Stadium in 1971, selling out in 72 hours.
September 3rd @ 7:30 PM- Karmin, Cobra Starship (and “This is She”)
American duo Karmin hit it big with “Brokenhearted” and had successfully covered Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now,” which was a huge hit on YouTube. The group had subsequent hits with “I Told You So” and “Take It Away,” which was used in the 2011 NBA Finals promos. “Cobra Starship” made “Good Girls Go Bad” and two albums later are still generating stellar sounds.
One of the most beloved bands in the history of rock, the B-52s always bring a memorable concert experience to fans. From groundbreaking songs like “Rock Lobster,” “Dance This Mess Around” and “Private Idaho” to chart-topping hits like “Love Shack,” “Roam” and “Deadbeat Club,” their concerts are truly a party worth going to.
September 8th @ 7:30 PM –Styx
“Come Sail Away,” “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Fooling Yourself,” are just a few of the hits immortalized by Styx. The group has appeared at a variety of events including two Superbowls.
September 9th @ 7:30 PM- Ramón Ayala y sus Bravos del Norte
Ramon Ayala has defined norteño music with signature songs and definitive instrumental styling that have made him a superstar. In 2001 Ramon was awarded an American Grammy award for the album En Vivo…El Hombre Y Su Musica. Ramon has also been awarded two Latin Grammys’ for the albums Quemame Los Ojos and El Numero Cien.
George Bensonis a ten time Grammy Award winning musician, whose production career began at the age of twenty-one as a jazz guitarist. Benson first came to prominence in the 1960s playing soul jazz then launched a successful career, alternating between jazz, pop, R&B singing, and scat singing. He topped the Billboard 200 in 1976 with the triple-platinum album, Breezin. Chaka Khan is known as one of the best soul music singers/songwriters around, with the rare ability to delve into any genre of music from funk, R&B, pop, rock, jazz, gospel, hip-hop and classical. She has won 10 Grammys and countless other awards. Performing hit after hit, “Tell Me Something Good,” “Once You Get Started,” “Sweet Thing,” “Everlasting Love” and more.
September 14th @ 7:30 PM – Tower of Power (and special guest “Average White Band”)
TOP brings jazz, funk, rock and soul together in a way no other group ever has. The 10-piece outfit is, as a recent Hollywood Reporter review called them, “tighter than a clenched fist.” Listen to Emilio Castillo and his writing partner Stephen “Doc” Kupka on saxes, drummer David Garibaldi, bassist Francis Rocco Prestiam and Mic Gillette, joined by lead vocalist Larry Braggs and keyboard player, Roger Smith, and discover “What is Hip.”
Bridgit is making her first appearance at the L.A. County Fair and she has a brand new single coming out at the end of July called “Ready Or Not.” Bridgit stars in Disney Channel’s “Good Luck Charlie” as Teddy Duncan.
September 16th @ 7:30 PM – MARIACHI USA Fiesta
Celebrating its 12th year at the LA County Fair, MARIACHI USA Fiesta is a 90-minute version of the ever-popular MARIACHI USA®, a 23-year tradition at the Hollywood Bowl. This fast paced concert is an unforgettable uplifting Mariachi experience that keeps the audience dancing, laughing and singing. The multi-sensory show will feature the MARIACHI USA All Starz, that includes Mariachi Imperial de Mexico, the all-female Mariachi Corazon and the MARIACHI USA Ballet Folklorico topped off by an amazing sing-a-long fireworks finale celebrating Mexican Independence Day!
With its smooth brand of doo-wop/hip-hop, Boyz II Men has spearheaded the renaissance of the R&B vocal group, in the process revitalizing Motown Records (the band has become Motown’s best-selling act, and its second album, Boyz II Men II, is the label’s best-selling album of all time). Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds is a 10-time Grammy winner with 11 solo albums of his own, 125 Top-10 R&B and Pop hits, 42 No. 1 R&B hits and 51 Top-10 Pop hits, including 16 No. 1’s that have produced single and album sales in excess of more than 500 million units worldwide.
September 21st @ 7:30 PM – WAR
WAR brings California funk to the fair with hit songs like “Low Rider,” “Spill the Wine” and “The Cisco Kid. WAR fuses elements of rock, funk, jazz, Latin, rhythm and blues and reggae together into a solid, classic blend.
September 22nd @ 7:30 PM – Old School Soul Jam (Featuring Rose Royce, Heatwave, Lenny Williams & Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King)
Rose Royce is known for “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” “Do Your Dance,” “I’m in Love,” “I Wanna Get Next to You” and “Wishing on a Star” just to name a few. Heatwave is one of the disco era’s funkiest dance groups. The band re-launched an American tour and a live album in 1997 including a re-mix of “Boogie Nights.” Lenny Williams is rightfully regarded as one of R&B’s most influential soul men, and grammy winning R&B diva Evelyn “Champagne” King brings energy from the 70’s to now with hits like “Smash,” “Love Come Down,” “I’m In Love” and her most recent chart-topper “The Dance.”
September 23rd @ 7:30 PM- Pistol Annies
This dynamite trio is “Hell on Heels” and they aren’t afraid to show off their country sass. Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley make up this country girl crew, created in the middle of the night on a whim and continuing the free spirited fun at the fair.
September 28th @ 7:30 PM- The Charlie Daniels Band, 38 Special (& special guests Outlaws)
Charlie Daniels plays an exhilarating mixture of rock, country, bluegrass, blues and gospel. His 1979 Grammy Award winning hit The Devil Went Down to Georgia became a major crossover success on rock radio stations, after its inclusion on the soundtrack for the hit movie Urban Cowboy. 38 Special are associated with their arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” and “Second Chance,” all carrying the band’s signature explosive power.
Earth, Wind & Fire has earned eight Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, eight double platinum/Top 10 Pop albums, eight No. 1 R&B singles, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, induction in the Hall of Fame in 2000 and numerous Lifetime Achievement honors, their music remains as inspirational and influential as ever.
Prices for nighttime entertainment: grandstand seating $18.50 – $25; side box seating $22.50 – $45; center box seating $25 – $55; floor seating $75 – $125. Stageside and box seat holders receive exclusive access to the Tiki Lounge.