Mid-State Fair

Matchbox 20 and Counting Crows to play at Mid-State Fair

Matchbox 20 and Counting Crows will bring their “A Brief History of Everything 2017” tour to the California Mid-State Fair on July 22, 2017.
Matchbox 20 and Counting Crows will bring their “A Brief History of Everything 2017” tour to the California Mid-State Fair on July 22, 2017.

Two of the hottest rock bands of the 1990s — Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows — are teaming up for a concert this summer at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles.

The platinum-selling bands will perform July 22 at the Paso Robles Event Center as part of their A Brief History of Everything Tour 2017. Soulful rock duo Rivers and Rust, which features Matchbox Twenty guitarist Kyle Cook, will open the show.

Fronted by Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty found fame with the release of its debut album, “Yourself or Someone Like You,” in 1996. The Grammy Award-nominated group, whose hits include “3AM,” “Push” and “If You’re Gone,” released its latest album, “North,” in 2012.

Counting Crows, best known for the song “Mr. Jones,” earned an Oscar nomination for its song “Accidentally in Love,” featured in the movie “Shrek 2.” The band released its seventh studio album, “Somewhere Under Wonderland,” in 2014.

Ticket prices for the July 22 show are $41, $56, $71 and $96. Presale tickets and VIP packages will be available to fan club members starting Tuesday. The general public will be able to buy tickets starting Friday. Tickets will be available at 10 a.m. Friday at www.midstatefair.com or 1-800-909-3247. They will go on sale at 1 p.m. at the fair’s box office in Paso Robles and at ValliTix locations.

The California Mid-State Fair runs July 19 through July 30.

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