Alameda County Fair: Here are the Top 10 shows for 2018

Organizers have put together another impressive lineup of concerts for the Alameda County Fair, which runs June 15 to July 8 at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Hard-rockers Blue Oyster Cult, hip-hop legend Sir Mix-a-Lot, country great LeAnn Rimes and local R&B heroes En Vogue are among the top names on the bill.

Concerts start at 8 p.m. Unlike at some fairs, these concerts are not included with regular fair admission. See below for concert ticket prices. For the complete schedule and other information, visit

Here are our picks for the 10 can’t-miss shows at this year’s fair:

Blue Oyster Cult (June 15): I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for this band, which headlined the first major concert I ever attended, way back when I was in elementary school. The hard-rock group, which is known for such classics as “Godzilla” and “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper,” is likely still worth seeing in 2018 since it still features original members Buck Dharma and Eric Bloom. Tickets: $15-$45 regular; free-$30 season pass holders.

Sean Kingston (June 16): The reggae-fusion artist was just 17 when he burst onto the international sage with his debut single, 2007’s “Beautiful Girls,” which went on to top the charts and earn platinum certification. Tickets: $15-$45 regular; free-$30 season pass holders.

En Vogue (June 17): It should be quite a scene when Oakland’s own R&B-pop sensation performs such longtime favorites as “Whatta Man,” “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” and “Free Your Mind” for the group’s many local fans. Plus, attendees could get to hear some new material from the newly released “Electric Café,” which is the group’s first studio album since 2004. Tickets: $15-$60 regular; free-$45 season pass holders.

Clay Walker (June 20): Here’s one for the country fans — especially those who spent a lot of time listening to the radio in the ’90s. Walker released five consecutive gold/platinum albums and multiple Top 10 songs (“What’s It to You,” “Live Until I Die,” “If I Could Make a Living,” etc.) during that decade. Tickets: $15-$60 regular; free-$45 season pass holders.

Sir Mix-a-Lot (June 24): The wildest four minutes of the entire 2018 Alameda County Fair might just be when this hip-hop legend performs “Baby Got Back” in concert. Tickets: $15-$45 regular; free-$30 season pass holders.

Morris Day and The Time (June 27): Get ready to dance as Morris Day and The Time hit the fair with their classic hits “Jungle Love” and …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

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