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January 18, 2011
The Orange County Fair and its marquee concert venue was recognized by an international trade publication this month for its high attendance in 2010. Venues Today magazine ranked the O.C. Fair the eighth most attended fair in the U.S. and the Pacific Amphitheatre the seventh most attended venue of its size internationally in its January issue, according to a release from the OC Fair & Event Center. The 2010 fair, with the theme "The Beat Goes On," was the highest attended fair in its 120-year history with more than 1.1 million people visiting, President and Chief Executive Steve Beazley said in the release.
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July 10, 2013
Friday  Colbie Caillat Saturday  Steel Pulse, Iration Sunday  The Go-Go's July 17  Alan Jackson July 18  The B-52s, X July 19  Three Dog Night, The Grass Roots July 20  Emblem 3, Chris Wallace July 21  Counting Crows, The Wallflowers July 24  Austin Mahone, Bridgit Mendler July 25  Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Girl In A Coma July 26  Weezer July 27...
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By Joseph Serna | December 13, 2011
COSTA MESA — Cementing the beginning of what will be a multiyear, $18-million-plus project, the Orange County Fair Board on Thursday plans to reaffirm the first $4.5 million in improvements to the Pacific Amphitheatre. Though cost estimates and a concept plan were approved in September, the board will consider clarifying to the public that it is only approving the first of the four-phase project, with the later steps to be detailed along the way. Some residents raised concerns at the September meeting that they thought the entire amphitheater renovation was being approved, which the Fair Board said is incorrect.
NEWS
December 23, 2003
Deirdre Newman The Pacific Amphitheatre will be rocking again next summer, and fair officials have made a number of changes to try to break even this time. Last year, to enhance the reopening of the amphitheater, fair officials lured top acts such as Bob Dylan and Duran Duran. They ended up losing about $500,000. With last summer's experience under their belt, they are focusing on spending money more efficiently and increasing ticket sales, said Steve Beazley, the fair's chief operating officer.
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By Bradley Zint | July 4, 2013
People interested in saving the Memorial Gardens Building have a new ally: Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach. The District 2 supervisor, who represents Costa Mesa and lives in the city, said he was interested in the history of the nearly 70-year-old building, now located at the state-owned Orange County Fairgrounds, after reading about it in the Daily Pilot . Much to the dismay of some historical preservationists, the former World War...
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By Kelly Parker | July 23, 2013
“Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you got till it's gone.” And so it felt when Counting Crows finished their set Sunday night at the OC Fair. They played for two hours, but I was desperate for at least two more when they left the stage. I don't think I was the only one. The crowd at Pacific Amphitheatre was at near capacity, and the energy was hot even as the temperature outside dipped and a spattering of raindrops fell. I admit this won't be the most impartial review.
NEWS
June 18, 2004
Submit AFTER HOURS items to the Daily Pilot, 330 W. Bay St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627; by fax to (949) 646-4170; or by calling (949) 574-4295. SPECIAL EVENTS BILL COSBY Comedian and TV legend Bill Cosby will perform at 8 p.m. July 22 at the Pacific Amphitheatre, Orange County Fair and Exposition Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Information: (714) 740-2000, http://www.ocfair.com/ pacificamphitheatre. MUSIC REBA McENTIRE Grammy Award winner Reba McEntire will perform as part of the Pacific Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series at 8 p.m. July 11 at the Orange County Fair and Exposition Center.
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By Bradley Zint | May 31, 2013
Nearly a decade after the conclusion of World War II, folks in Orange County decided that a small corner of Costa Mesa should be dedicated to those who didn't make it back home. A 1.4-acre memorial garden - planned in 1953, erected the following year and dedicated to all who served - was built at the Orange County Fairgrounds. In its heyday, the Orange County Memorial Garden had its fair share of plants: weeping willows, jacarandas, hibiscus and the like. The once-quiet garden, though, is long gone, but the former Army barracks next to it - known these days as the Memorial Gardens Building - has been in the area since 1942.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2007
Classic rock station KLOS-FM (95.5) hosts a summer concert series at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa over the weekend, showcasing performers like Deep Purple, comedian Bill Engvall and Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, founding member of the Doors. The event kicks off tonight with Comedy Night, featuring Craig Shoemaker, Don Friesen and Engvall, star of a new TBS sitcom. Saturday night's entertainers include British rocker Paul Rodgers, Riders on the Storm and Hendrix-inspired guitarist Pat Travers.
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By Bradley Zint | August 13, 2013
Orange County Fairgrounds officials announced Monday that this summer's fair closed with its second-highest attendance ever. The annual fair, whose slogan this year was "Come & Get It," saw 1,374,633 attendees — about 17,000 more than last year though not enough to break the all-time record set in 2011 of nearly 1.4 million. The fair, held on 150 acres in Costa Mesa, ran for 23 days between July 12 and Sunday. Interim fairgrounds Chief Executive Doug Lofstrom said the results show a continuing growth pattern for the fair and added that success can't be attributed to "just any one thing.
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By Brittany Woolsey and By Brittany Woolsey | July 27, 2013
Rivers Cuomo is a geek and he knows it. He knows he'll never be as popular as the celebrities in "Beverly Hills," he prefers surfing over driving and he longs to be on an "Island in the Sun. " But that quirkiness is what makes his fans adore him. Dressed in a Boy Scout uniform and his token thick-rimmed glasses, Cuomo and his band Weezer performed those popular songs and more to a sold-out crowd at the Pacific Amphitheatre on Friday night....
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By Kelly Parker | July 23, 2013
“Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you got till it's gone.” And so it felt when Counting Crows finished their set Sunday night at the OC Fair. They played for two hours, but I was desperate for at least two more when they left the stage. I don't think I was the only one. The crowd at Pacific Amphitheatre was at near capacity, and the energy was hot even as the temperature outside dipped and a spattering of raindrops fell. I admit this won't be the most impartial review.
NEWS
July 11, 2013
The Orange County Fair Board gave preliminary approval Monday for the next round of renovation work at the Pacific Amphitheatre that includes constructing a second entrance plaza for the concert venue. Rialto-based R.C. Construction Services was chosen for the second-phase of the multimillion-dollar renovation project, which is scheduled to begin at the conclusion of the OC Fair in August. Fairgrounds officials said the adjusted estimated cost to upgrade the venue is now $15.7 million - up from the previously approved $13.8 million estimate - and will include two more restrooms and other additions.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2013
Friday  Colbie Caillat Saturday  Steel Pulse, Iration Sunday  The Go-Go's July 17  Alan Jackson July 18  The B-52s, X July 19  Three Dog Night, The Grass Roots July 20  Emblem 3, Chris Wallace July 21  Counting Crows, The Wallflowers July 24  Austin Mahone, Bridgit Mendler July 25  Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Girl In A Coma July 26  Weezer July 27...
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By Rhea Mahbubani | July 10, 2013
When Daniel Tello realized his four-piece band couldn't be called the Originals - because the name belonged to a '60s R&B and soul group - he added "ites. " It wasn't an arbitrary decision, though. Tello took inspiration from legendary ska bands the Skatalites and the Israelites, because the last four letters represented a group of people united by a common love for music, he said. In the four years since, Tello, Peter Fontes and Tim Frankeny - all Fountain Valley High School graduates - and Michael Belk, whom they met through common friends, have rehearsed in Fontes' mother's Costa Mesa garage.
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By Michael Miller | July 6, 2013
When Colbie Caillat takes the stage Friday at the OC Fair, the person who jump-started her career may be in the audience. Well, why not? Caillat has no idea who that first Myspace supporter was, but he or she could be anywhere. In 2005, the Malibu native started an account on the social-media page and, with a friend's help, posted a handful of recordings on it. Soon, the clicks began - dozens, then hundreds, then thousands, then millions, then a deal with Universal Republic Records, chart success and a pair of Grammys.
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By Bradley Zint | July 4, 2013
People interested in saving the Memorial Gardens Building have a new ally: Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach. The District 2 supervisor, who represents Costa Mesa and lives in the city, said he was interested in the history of the nearly 70-year-old building, now located at the state-owned Orange County Fairgrounds, after reading about it in the Daily Pilot . Much to the dismay of some historical preservationists, the former World War...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2013
The OC Fair has announced this summer's lineup for the Hangar, an aviation-style venue at the center of the Costa Mesa fairgrounds that hosts bands, celebrity chefs and even Lucha Libre wrestling. The schedule for 2013, released Tuesday, begins July 12 with "Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles" and continues each day of the fair through Aug. 11. Among the other acts are tributes to David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Prince and others, along with original artists including Ozomatli and Common Sense.
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By Michael Miller | June 7, 2013
Roger Daltrey, longtime lead vocalist of The Who, has stepped in to replace a band that had featured the late Ray Manzarek at this year's OC Fair concert series. Daltrey, whose rough-and-ready voice carried "Baba O'Riley," "My Generation" and other radio staples, will perform a charity show Aug. 10 for Teen Cancer America. The performance at the Pacific Amphitheatre replaces a previously scheduled one by former Doors members Manzarek and Robby Krieger and vocalist Dave Brock. Manzarek, the Doors' organist, died in May at age 74. Over the last decade, he and guitarist Krieger were common performers at the fair.
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