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Lancaster Honda Concert Series

All concerts begin at 7:30 pm. except for the Latino concert which begins at 6pm.

TED NUGENT & DIERKS BENTLEY

TICKETS ON SALE APRIL 3rd at AVFAIR.COM

Remaining ticket sale dates to be announced.

Leading off the Fair concert line-up, this year, on Friday, August 20th, is Motor City Madman, Ted Nugent.  A Detroit native, Nugent acquired the moniker because of his prodigious guitar talent, his propensity for ear-shattering volume and his over-the-top onstage antics.  A world-class showman, the outspoken Nugent has sustained a five decade career, spawning multi-platinum hits like Amboy Dukes’ Journey to the Center of the Mind to classics likeStranglehold and Cat Scratch Fever. Additionally, chartbusting High Enough and cult classic Fred Bearcontinue to enthrall rock venues around the globe. With a career resume of 34 albums and 30 million records sold, Nugent ranks among the elite in Rock & Roll history.  But to many, it is the sounds he wrings from his venerable Gibson Byrdland guitar that draws the seasoned faithful and mesmerizes the beat-hungry youngsters.

“Weird Al” Yankovic

Saturday, August 21

Ticket prices:

Gold: $50, Track: $25,

Grandstand: FREE with paid admission

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“Weird Al” Yankovic takes to the stage Aug. 21st, delivering his unique blend of parody, comedy and . . . polka?  Yes, for a man who learned how to play rock ‘n roll on the accordion, polka had to fit in there, somewhere.  As for his influences in comedic and parody music, he credits Stan Freberg, Spike Jones, Allan Sherman and Frank Zappa, among others, as “wonderfully sick and twisted” artists.  Other influences one might derive from his on-stage performance are Mad Magazine and Monty Python.  When asked if artists ever deny him permission to do a parody, he noted that most are flattered, but the exception was the self-parodied artist formerly known as “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince”.  Go figure.  The song,Another One Rides the Bus, a parody of Queen’s hit,

Another One Bites the Dust, is typical of the license Yankovic employs in his act.  Fans can also relate to his satirical version of Knack’s My Sharona, which he conveniently converts to My Bologna.  In short, Yankovic remains the king of pop culture parody.

The Beach Boys

Monday, August 23

Ticket prices:

Gold: $50, Track: $25,

Grandstand: FREE with paid admission.

Serving the genres of surf rock, sunshine pop, psychedelic pop, psychedelic rock, baroque pop and art rock, The Beach Boys have rightfully been christened “America’s Band”.  Originally a family band, consisting of singer-musician-composer Brian Wilson, brothers Carl and Dennis, cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine, the touring band, today, consists of Love, long time band member, Bruce Johnston and newer band members.

Arguably, The Beach Boys are, as Rolling Stone Magazine noted, one of the “100 Greatest Artists of all Time”.  With thirty six U.S. Top 40 hits, (the most of any U.S. rock band) and fifty six Hot 100 Hits, their résumé reads like a ‘who’s who’ in music discography.  The haunting God Only Knows contrasts sharply with Surfer Girl and Kokomo, but all are beloved as this group brings Good Vibrationsto the Antelope Valley on August 23rd.

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ZZ – Top

Tuesday, August 24

Ticket prices:

Gold: $75, Track: $40,

Grandstand: FREE with paid admission.

conic sunglasses and chest-length beards are the visuals that come to mind when describing ZZ Top.  Ironically, one band member, Frank Beard, performs sans beard.  More importantly, Beard and fellow band members, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill hold claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact.  Often called “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas”, the trio begun in 1969, has long moved-on to national attention and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Fans will recognize the hit La Grange, which is still one of the band’s signature pieces.  The song is unabashed elemental boogie, celebrating the institution that came to be known as “the best little whorehouse in Texas.”  Later smash singles included Gimme All Your Lovin’, Sharp Dressed Man andLegs. The melding of grungy guitar-based blues with synth-pop was seamless and continued with their follow-up album, Afterburner.

ZZ Top’s music is always instantly recognizable, powerful, soulful and 100% Texas American in derivation.  That makes them certified.  A certified rock institution, that is.  The group makes their AV Fair appearance on August 24th.

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Dierks Bentley

Wednesday, August 25

Ticket prices:

Gold: $65, Track: $30,

Grandstand: FREE with paid admission.

Listeners of Dierks Bentley would describe his country style as notstraight-up-the-middle.  Growing up on a potent hybrid of honky-tonk, bluegrass, classic country and modern rock & roll, he forged his own unique sound and style.  The CMA Horizon Award winner shared, “I love the feeling of combining the best older stuff with the edginess of newer, more progressive sounds.

Bentley delivers moments of introspection with songs like Pray orBetter Believer.  But those moments are book-ended by his opening slide guitar rampage that channels a Harley hauling ass in the outlaw lament Life on the Run. Inherently, Bentley understands that to connect with a lot of people, his instrumentation must be as diverse as the people packing the stadium.  His Feel That Fire delivers the pulsing energy, passion and dynamic sensibility of his praised live show.

Bentley closes the Fair’s concert series on August 25th

Dierks Bentley

Wednesday, August 25

Ticket prices:

Gold: $65, Track: $30,

Grandstand: FREE with paid admission.

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