Music for most every taste

Sheryl Crow, Adam Lambert, Duran Duran and Tears for Fears among performers at this year's O.C. Fair.

July 17, 2012|By Heather Youmans

Young the Giant is just one of the acts billed for the Pacific Amphitheatre's Summer Concert Series' at the 2012 Orange County Fair.

The lineup offers genres of popular music that should resonate with different generations, ranging from reggae to country and rock.

On Wednesday and Thursday nights, two "American Idol" alumni will perform separate shows. First, Season 10 "American Idol" Scotty McCreery will play songs off his debut album, "Clear As Day." Attwater, a Sacramento-based country band will open the show.

Then on Thursday, Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert will celebrate the release of his new album "Trespassing."

On Saturday, Costa Mesa native Madasen McGrath, 15, will play an opening set of her original pop-rock music in support of Cody Simpson's USA tour. In 2008, Australian singer/songwriter Simpson — a Justin Beiber, Jesse McCartney type — gained worldwide attention by posting videos of himself performing original songs and covers on YouTube.


Teen-targeted entertainment will continue on Aug. 2 with singer-songwriter and actress Victoria Justice — star of the Nickelodeon show "Victorious." Max Schneider will open the evening.

On July 25, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sheryl Crow will play her Top 40 hits. Best known for "Soak Up The Sun," "All I Wanna Do," "Leaving Las Vegas," and her latest Top 10 release "100 Miles To Memphis," her music incorporates elements of rock, folk, hip hop, country, and pop.

Country music lovers will be treated to country singer Martina McBride on Aug. 10. Since debuting in 1992, McBride has released a series of Top 40 albums including "Evolution," "Martina," 2007's "Waking Up Laughing," and her latest release "Eleven."

A succession of rock acts, ranging from classic rock to glam-metal and reggae, will make up most of the season's shows on the Pacific Amphitheatre stage.

On Friday night, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner of Canadian rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive will reunite for the first time in more than 20 years. Under a new name, Bachman & Turner, the group will perform live with Foghat. The band's hit songs include "Let It Ride," "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," "Takin' Care of Business."

On July 27, Grammy Award winning reggae superstars, Steel Pulse, will return to the Pacific Amphitheatre, accompanied by Orange County's The Dirty Heads.

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