Lots of music in final weekend of Alaska State Fair

Daily News correspondentAugust 29, 2013 

If you've been putting off your yearly fair-time pilgrimage to the Valley, then you might want to act fast. Labor Day is the 12th and final day of the Alaska State Fair, so the window is closing quickly for gawking at freakishly big vegetables, taking a spin on the Gravitron or ingesting something fried on a stick.

The final four days in the fair's Borealis Theatre feature pop, rock and comedy. But country music rules the roost over on the Sluicebox stage this holiday weekend. Below is a breakdown of who's playing when and where and how much it'll cost you.



FRIDAY

3 Doors Down

It's been a rocky 2013 for the 3 Doors Down camp. Soon after the modern-rock band was announced as part of the fair's concert series, bassist Todd Harrell was charged with DUI vehicular homicide in Nashville, Tenn. Last week he was convicted on a previous DUI charge in the band's home state of Mississippi.

But the rest of the band has forged on with its tour to support "The Greatest Hits," the career retrospective released late last year that includes the band's massive radio hits and set list staples like "Kryptonite," "Here Without You" and "It's Not My Time."

When: 7 p.m.
Where: Borealis Theatre
Tickets: $35 general admission, $65 reserved seating (prices do not include fair admission)



SATURDAY

Brian Regan

Unlike a lot of comedians who parlay success in stand-up into film or TV careers, Brian Regan sticks to the stage. That's two decades of working rooms and honing his family-friendly approach, and his goofball observational humor has garnered him an audience that spans generations.

When: 7 p.m.
Where: Borealis Theatre
Tickets: $35 general admission, $55 reserved seating (prices do not include fair admission)

Pure Prairie League

The classic country-rock band got started in the '70s, and its thick harmonies and memorable melodies gave us such gems as "Amie" and "Let Me Love You Tonight." Catch them twice this weekend with local songstress Lulu Small -- once on the big stage and once in a more intimate setting over at the Sluicebox on Sunday.

When: 1 p.m.
Where: Borealis Theatre
Tickets: Free (plus fair admission)

Young Dubliners

Melding Celtic folk and modern rock, Young Dubliners have become a favorite in Alaska, regularly making the trip north from Los Angeles to play venues like the Sitzmark in Girdwood. If you've waited to take the chance to see them, the band plays for free a couple times Saturday.

When: 5 and 8 p.m.
Where: Heineken State at the Woodlot
Tickets: Free (plus fair admission)



SUNDAY

Bret Michaels

When glam-metal ruled the '80s, Poison enjoyed a perch at the top of the charts. More than a decade or so after radio said "Nevermind" to the hair bands, Poison lead singer Bret Michaels turned to VH1 for one more shot at true romance with the reality series "Rock of Love," which spawned two sequels but zero soulmates.

But Michaels' profile as a reality TV personality has been a boon to his solo career. Soon after he won "Celebrity Apprentice 3," the album "Custom Built" became the permanently bandana'd singer's first solo record to hit the Billboard 200. Terry McDermott (see below) will open the show.

When: 7 p.m.
Where: Borealis Theatre
Tickets: $35 general admission, $60 reserved seating (prices do not include fair admission)

Pure Prairie League

When: 5 p.m.
Where: The Sluicebox
Tickets: Free (plus fair admission)



MONDAY

Phillip Phillips

While taking top honors in season 11 of "American Idol," singer Phillip Phillips scored a huge hit in "Home." His debut album, "The World From the Side of the Moon," has also become one of the better-received post-"Idol" albums, as Double Phil looks to enter the Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry pantheon of musicians who made their names on reality TV.

When: 3 p.m.
Where: Borealis Theatre
Tickets: $35 general admission, $55 reserved seating (prices do not include fair admission)

Terry McDermott and the Bonfires

While an "American Idol" alumnus takes the Borealis stage Monday, "The Voice" will be represented at the Sluicebox. Terry McDermott finished second in season three, and the Scottish singer will perform three times at the fair, including an opening slot for Bret Michaels on Sunday.

When: 3 and 8 p.m.
Where: The Sluicebox
Tickets: Free (plus fair admission)

 

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