Arizona State Fair Concerts

Arizona State Fair Concerts: Who You'll See and When in 2013

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Trace Adkins - Saturday, October 12 It's hard to tell whether it's that state fairs are still able to attract top-tier country stars--as opposed to the classic rockers that also pervade state fairs across the country--or that country music is just more amenable to adults than City Rock. Adkins, for his part, is 51; about the same age as Dave Mustaine, but 10 years younger than Billy Gibbons. He's had a No. 1 country album as recently as 2010, and didn't have his first until 2005.

If you don't listen to country music, you may know him from--well, The Apprentice, maybe?

Tickets are $20 for this 7 p.m. concert.

ZZ Top - Sunday, October 13 ZZ Top formed in 1969, a rough and tumble blues band forming amongst the gritty backdrop of Houston's oil greed and NASA's continuing space race. But it was the summer of 1974 in the community of Friendswood--a small town then, a thriving Houston suburb now--that my curiosity with ZZ Top began, when a burley biker walked in to a darkened juke joint and announced, loudly, "I must listen to my favorite song."

Bandages covered has right arm, with long scabs sticking out near his wrist. His cane steadied a limp. He offered a half-cocked smile. "Me and my motorcycle got into a fight with the road," he explained to no one and everyone. "And now that I'm out of jail there's only one thing I need, and that's ZZ Top!"

Read our complete ZZ Top preview.

Since I first heard them that raw edge has given way to a more radio-friendly sound that shuns blues grist for rock fluff. It's a little disappointing, to say the least.

There are two ways to look it, though: On one hand, it's a shame that the band left their roots behind in the service of chasing commercial fame. On the other, their popularity can only help showcase their lowdown roots, the likes of Lightning Hopkins, Freddie King, T-Bone Walker, and other West Texas bluesmen--and of course, John Lee Hooker himself, even if he was from Detroit. -- Glenn BurnSilver

Original Members: Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard!

Tickets are $20 for this 7 p.m. concert.

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