This year's California Mid-State Fair features an entertainment lineup to suit all tastes, from country fans to blues hounds to nostalgic rockers.
Country star Tim McGraw, singer-songwriter John Mayer, country trio Rascal Flatts and '80s pop-rock band Huey Lewis and the News top the list of acts slated to play the Paso Robles Event Center this summer, fair officials announced Friday night.
Those performances will be on the Chumash Main Grandstand Arena and will require separate tickets from fair admission. Free with admission will be three other performers Hotel California, a tribute to The Eagles; Christian music standout Jeremy Camp; and Matt Nathanson, whose work blends folk and rock. They will perform on the Frontier Stage.
The Grandstand lineup is as follows:
- Tim McGraw, July 17: McGraw has sold more than 40 million albums and has had 32 No. 1 singles since his debut album in 1993. He has won three Grammys, 14 Academy of Country Music awards, 12 County Music Association awards and 10 American Music Awards. His hits include Live Like You Were Dying, Something Like That, and Dont Take The Girl.
- John Mayer, July 22: He has won seven Grammys while selling 17 million albums. From rock to blues, hip-hop to jazz and country, Mayer has performed with Eric Clapton, BB King, Buddy Guy, T-Bone Burnett, Dixie Chicks, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. Mayer performed at the fair in 2008.
- Rascal Flatts, July 23: The band is one of only four country acts to debut seven consecutive No. 1 albums. The group has sold more than 21 million albums and had 14 top singles. Rascal Flatts has received the most awards of any country group in the last decade.
- Huey Lewis and The News, July 26: The San Francisco-based pop-rock band has been performing for more than 30 years and has a number of hits, including Workin For A Livin, Heart Of Rock and Roll and The Power of Love. The bands 1983 album, Sports, is one of the most celebrated in pop-rock history.
Tickets for the Grandstand shows vary in price and will go on sale Feb. 22, except for the Mayer concert. A sale date for that concert is still to be announced. Tickets will be available at the fairgrounds box office, 2198 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles, any ValliTix location, online at www.midstatefair.com or by calling 1-800-909-FAIR.