By Lorraine Kay
August 2010 – LANCASTER, CA – The iconic Beach Boys had the Grandstand Arena jumping to their trademark surf rock for a good two hours Monday night as the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival 2010 continues at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, on Avenue H in Lancaster. The third night of the Lancaster Honda Concert Series, the Beach Boys concert rocked a crowd of young and old with memories of the 60s and 70s and a few new tunes
With original band member, Mike Love, at the helm, the Beach Boys paved the way for surfing down memory lane. Joining Love on stage was fellow Beach Boy, Bruce Johnston with the support of backing performers; Randell Kirsch, John Cowsill, Tim Bonhomme, Christian Love, and Scott Totten.
Traditionally, the band opened with “Surfin’,” easily segwaying into “Catch A Wave,” “Hawaii,” “Little Honda,” “Do It Again,” “Surf City,” and “Surfin Safari.” The ballad “Surfer Girl” brought some audience members to their feet to dance with memories of 60s sock hops.
“Getcha Back” got fans rocking again, smoothly moving to “Wendy” and “Good To My Baby.” “So Young” was up next, followed by “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” and “When I Grow Up To Be a Man.”
“Be True To Your School” brought back memories of high school football and cheerleaders. Next up was a wild ride through the car songs. “Little Deuce Coupe,” “409,” “Little Old Lady From Pasadena,” “Shut Down,” “I Get Around” and “The Ballad of Old Betsy,” all songs about the 60s’ pastime and relationships with our cars.
Returning to a more serious subject, love, the band focused on another kind of relationship with “Don’t Worry Baby” and “God Only Knows.”
Another favorite is the band’s cover of traditional folk tune “Sloop John B.” It was followed by another couple of love tunes, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “Then I Kissed Her.”
The band pumped it up with more iconic songs before leaving the stage: “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations,” “Kokomo,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Do You Wanna Dance,” “Barbara Ann” and “Surfin USA.” Before they were through, the band returned for a two-song encore of “Summertime Blues” and “Fun, Fun, Fun.”.
As the concert series continues Tuesday offers ZZ Top, sunglasses and chest-length beards in tow. The fair concert series does not end without one more rocking night. Wednesday, August 25 with Dierks Bentley. For more information on all concerts and fair events visit www.avfair.com. Tickets are available for all of the Lancaster Honda concert Series events at the fair box office or online at www.avfair.com.
In addition to the Lancaster Honda concert series there will be innumerable other events including; exhibits, motorized events, bull riding, carnival rides, great food, free grounds entertainment and much more! Traditional events like the Rural Olympics, Jr. Livestock Auction and Home Arts exhibit competitions continue to involve the community in one of a kind, fun events.
General admission is Adults (12 & older) – $8.00, Juniors (6-11) – $5.00, Children under 6 – FREE with paid adult, Seniors (62+) – $5.00 and Active Military – FREE with Military Service I.D. (dependents must show I.D.). Parking is $5.00. Special discounts are available for special events as follows:
SUNDAY, 8/22 and 8/29, Opens 2 to midnight – Grace Resources Canned FOOD DRIVE – 2 to 4 at the Main Gate – Bring five (5) cans of food between and get one (1) FREE admission and one (1) FREE ride pass. (Canned Food Drive promo does NOT include ticket to concert on 8/22 or Demo Derby on 8/29.) $25 wristbands are available for purchase until 9p.m. & are good for rides all night. After 9p.m. to close NO $25 wristbands sold, rides are full price. $1 games (until 9p.m. only).
MONDAY, 8/23, Open 4 to midnight – 2 for 1 Admission – 4 to 9 p.m., with online coupon ONLY from avfair.com – sponsored by R. Rex Parris Law Firm.
• KIDS DAY – Kids 11 and under FREE admission.
• SENIOR DAY – Sponsored by High Desert Medical Group – FREE admission for seniors aged 62 and older. Fairgrounds open at 2p.m. for seniors, 4p.m. for public. Seniors ride Carousel and Ferris Wheel FREE ALL day. FREE lunch sponsored by Halley-Olsen, 2 – 3:30p.m. or while supplies last. Food Specials for seniors ONLY until 6p.m. at participating concession stands.
• SPECIAL-NEEDS CITIZENS DAY sponsored by High Desert Medical Group – FREE admission for special needs citizens and one (1) caregiver. Fairgrounds open at 2p.m. for special needs citizens, 4p.m. for public. FREE lunch 2 – 3:30p.m. or while supplies last. Limited rides FREE 2 – 4p.m…
• FREE Admission for the Recently Unemployed – Two FREE general admission tickets will be stamped when a recent unemployment check or paystub (within 12 months) is presented with valid photo ID until 9p.m. ONLY. This cannot be combined with any other promo.
TUESDAY, 8/24, Open 4 to midnight – $2 DOLLAR TUESDAY – Admission, rides and games are $2 each until 9p.m… There will also be $2 specials at participating concession stands. (EXCLUDES parking, parking is $5).
WEDNESDAY, 8/25, Open 4 to midnight – High Desert Broadcasting’s “WACKY WEDNESDAY” – $5 admission for all ages with on-line coupon ONLY at avfair.com, until 9p.m..
THURSDAY, 8/26, Open 4 to midnight – “COME BACK THURSDAY” – $25 ride wristband is available for purchase on 8/26 for $20 at carnival ticket booths with presentation of a redeemable coupon from a previous carnival ticket purchase. REDEEM AT CARNIVAL TICKET BOOTH, NOT FAIR BOX OFFICE. NO duplications accepted. This PURCHASE offer is good ON 8/26, until 9p.m., ONLY. BOTH $25 & $20 wristbands are good for rides all night. All games, $1 each.
THURSDAY, 8/26, Open 4 to midnight – 9 a.m. – Kiwanis Jr. Livestock Auction in the R. Rex Parris Show Arena. 6 p.m. JLA BBQ at the Kiwanis BBQ Heritage Park -$10. Buy BBQ dinner ticket at Administration Office or call Entry Office at 661-948-6060 ext. 226. FIGURE 8 RACE – 7:30 p.m., Grandstand, FREE with paid admission. Festival seating: first come, first seat.
FRIDAY, 8/27, Open 4 to midnight – 4 to 5 p.m. – FREE Parking with avfair.com online coupon. Includes one (1) FREE ride and one (1) FREE game. PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS – 7:30 p.m., Grandstand – Admission – Gold Buckle $50, Reserved Grandstand $20. NO Free Grandstand, ticket is required. Ticket includes admission into the Fair.
SATURDAY, 8/28, Open 2 to midnight – RURAL OLYMPICS – 6:00 p.m… FREE with paid admission. Festival seating: first come, first seat. Fireworks Show after Rural Olympics.
SUNDAY, 8/29, Open 2 to 11 p.m. – DEMOLITION DERBY- 6:00 p.m.
Reserved Grandstand $20 at the gate. NO Free Grandstand, tick.e.t required. Ticket includes admission into the Fair.
There will be NO entry to the Fair one (1) hour prior to closing. Barns close at 10 p.m. and Exhibit buildings close at 11 p.m. nightly (with the exception of Sunday, 8/29 when the buildings close at 10 p.m.). All buildings are ADA accessible.
For more information visit www.avfair.com, or call (661)948-6060.