By Lorraine Kay

August 2010 – LANCASTER, CA – ZZ Top was a big crowd-pleaser Tuesday night at the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival 2010, The fourth concert of the Lancaster Honda hosted concert series at the Antelope Valley fairgrounds, located on Avenue H and Highway 14, the arena was filled to near capacity as the band took the stage to play their Texas style rock and roll.

Consensus in the crowd, after the concert was… “ZZ Top is the best band ever!” Others said…”they really rock!” And that they did with Billy Gibbons on guitar, and lead vocals; Dusty Hill on bass and vocals and Frank Beard, the man without a beard, on drums and percussion. The three have been together entertaining crowds for 40 years and the fans hope they keep it going another 40. Fans may get a few more years, even though all members are in their 60s they show no sign to slowing down. What they deliver is solid heart-thumping rock and roll without question,

Always a crowd-pleaser in dark sunglasses and long beards, the band pleased the crowd with  20 of their best songs, starting the show with “Got Me Under Pressure,” followed by “Waitin’ for the Bus,” and ”Jesus Just Left Chicago”. Playing to a crowd that just couldn’t get enough, they went on to play “Pincushion,” and “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide”.

Known in some circles as a blues band, ZZ Top offered up a couple of blues songs including; “Future Blues” and “Rock Me Baby”. They continued the 90 minute set, backed by a wall of videos illustrating each song, with a selection of nine additional ZZ Top “greatest hits.” The remainder of the set included; “Cheap Sunglasses,” “I Need You Tonight,” ’Hey Joe,” ‘Brown Sugar,” “Party on the Patio,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp Dressed Man;” and concluded with “Legs,” Through it all the crowd was on its feet, dancing and swaying with the music. For the encore, the band returned to the stage to perform three more selections; “La Grange,” a medley of “Sloppy Drunk/Bar-B-Q,” and Tush”.

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).

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.