Hip-hip, classic rock, gospel, country and some hometown musical heroes -- the San Diego County Fair has unveiled its summer concert lineup for the Toyota Summer Concert Series on the Heineken Grandstand Stage, and there's an act on the roster for everyone.
Last month, word leaked out that the fair was going to showcase retro mastermind Lenny Kravitz on June 14, local stars Switchfoot three days later and SoCal's own Beach Boys on June 29. Also revealed at that time were scheduled performances by Randy Travis (June 16), the Doobie Brothers on June 21, followed the next day by Neon Trees, and gospel star Kirk Franklin on June 25.
Many of the shows at the fair are free, but tickets will have to be purchased for some of the concerts, however. Those tickets will go on sale on Saturday. In addition to fair admission, fans will have to fork over cash to see:
June 11: Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae: Hooligans in Wondaland
June 18: Melissa Etheridge
June 23: Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown
June 24: Come Together 2011 with MercyMe and Third Day
June 28: Travis Tritt and the Charlie Daniels Band
Among the free shows this summer that were announced this week were concerts by Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Larry Hernandez and REO Speedwagon with the Navy Band Southwest.
Of course, the venue will be adding dozens of other shows to the summer lineup. Fair officials said they will be announcing the lineups for the Paddock Concert Series, Solid Gold Series and Coors Light Rock-On Stage sometime in April.
Tickets can be purchased at the fair's box office and at ticketmaster.com.
While the venue can technically handle as many as 9,000 concertgoers, between 3,000 and 5,000 people attend individual shows.
The fair begins June 10 and runs through July 4.