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Bob Dylan, American Idols, and Throwback Acts Dominate 2009 State Fair Concert Line-up

If you were one of the jilted music fans who got burned when Bob Dylan wimped out of his scheduled outdoor performance a couple weeks back, the folk rock legend has a way to make it up to you: He's putting on a free show...sorta.
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Dylan is set to perform at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum during the second night of this year's Arizona State Fair on Saturday, October 17. Much like any other oncert at the annual cavalcade of corn dogs and cotton candy, you can get into show for free with paid fair admission (which usually runs around $10). Reserved seats are also available for $20.

It understandably won't be the same as watching Dylan share the stage with Willie Nelson, but the coliseum's ginormous air conditioning system should keep things at a crisp 70 degrees, so there's no excuse for him to cancel this particular gig.

The rest of the state fair's concert line-up for 2009 is a mix of the usual country and throwback acts, as well as performances by a pair of American Idols. Sadly, Dylan is the best of the bunch, as there's no Weezer (who visited last year) this time around to liven things up. Hit the jump for the complete list of who will be hanging out on the midway.

(NOTE: All shows start at 7 p.m. and reserved seating is typcially $15-$20.)

October 18: Stone Temple Pilots

October 21: Lady Antebellum

October 22: The Black Crowes

October 23: ABBA the Music

October 24: John Michael Montgomery & The Honky Tonk Tailgate Party

October 25: NWA Wrestling Showcase

October 28: Raven-Symoné

October 30: Old School Jam's Freestyle Explosion feat. Stevie B., Lisa Lisa, Debbie Deb, Shannon, & Trinere

November 1: Rodney Atkins & Julianne Hough

November 3: David Cook

November 5: Arizona Derby Dames

November 6: Little Big Town & Billy Currington

November 7: Kelly Clarkson

For tickets and more information, visit the state fair's Web site.

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