Arizona State Fair Concerts

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

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Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion - Wednesday, October 23 If you're one of those people who likes to be continually reminded of your own mortality, I'd like to let you know that Snoop Dogg--were he not in the middle of a seemingly serious reggae phase--is basically no less a nostalgia act than Cheap Trick.

That doesn't mean he's not worth seeing--Cheap Trick is awesome--just that, short of another "Drop It Like It's Hot," he's officially become more famous for having been famous for a long time than he is for whatever he's doing right now. Which is, again, reggae. Tickets are $20 for this 7 p.m. concert.

Alabama Shakes - Thursday, October 24 State Fair theory note: Every year, every state fair needs to bring in at least one band or artist who is clearly there to bridge the gap between the fair-concert mainstays and the hipsters who positively spit the words "nostalgia act" before they listen attentively to these guys, who are themselves kind of a nostalgia act for a bygone southern rock era.

Alabama Shakes is this year's up-and-coming band, and they're a good choice--their sound appeals to people who are willing to admit they like The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and who maybe saw them in concert, and people who aren't. Tickets are $15 for this 7 p.m. concert.

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