Adam Lambert, Pink Floyd tribute band join Mid-State Fair lineup

slinn@thetribunenews.comJune 18, 2013 

“American Idol” standout Adam Lambert, Pink Floyd tribute band Brit Floyd and soft-rock songsmith Christopher Cross are among the final main stage acts announced for this year’s California Mid-State Fair.

Also slated to perform at the Chumash Grandstand Arena are country acts Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts, bluesy singer-songwriter John Mayer, hard-rock band Huey Lewis and the News, and alternative rock bands Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls.

Known for his powerful voice, high-energy performances and theatrical style, Lambert — who performs July 19 — found fame after becoming the runner-up on the eighth season of “American Idol” in 2009. The Grammy Award nominee’s hit songs include “Better Than I Know Myself,” “If I Had You” and “Whataya Want From Me.”

Cross, best known for the Grammy-winning song “Sailing,” is performing July 20 as part of Sail Rock 2013. The showcase also features pop-rock stars Al Stewart (“Year of the Cat”), Firefall (“You Are the Woman”), Orleans (“Still the One”) and Player (“Baby Come Back”).

Brit Floyd, advertised as “The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Tribute Show,” strives to recreate the legendary psychedelic rock band’s greatest hits, including “Animals,” “The Wall” and “Wish You Were Here.” It performs July 25.

Tickets for Lambert’s concert at $25 to $40, while admission to Sail Rock 2013 costs $15. Both shows go on sale on Friday.

Brit Floyd’s concert is free with fair admission.

The California Mid-State Fair runs July 17 through 28 at the Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave in Paso Robles. For more information, call 800-909-FAIR (3247) or visit

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