The Alaska State Fair announced two more concerts to round out the 2013 concert series at the Borealis Theatre in Palmer, with tickets for rising rap star Kendrick Lamar and Poison front man Bret Michaels on sale now on the fair's website.
Lamar's major-label debut, "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City," is an edgy depiction of life in Compton, Calif., that landed on a number of best-of lists last year. The Dr. Dre protégé spoke with students at Bethel Regional High School earlier this month via Skype after BRHS won a campaign by an educational nonprofit that awarded whichever school in the country had the highest complete rate for federal student aid applications.
Lamar performs 7 p.m. Aug. 29. Tickets are $35 for general admission, $65 for reserved area. The price doesn't include fair admission, which is also required.
Achieving rock stardom in hair metal's heyday, Bret Michaels has remained in the public consciousness thanks to his own match-making reality TV show ("Rock of Love"), appearances on "Celebrity Appearance" and his solo albums. He performs 7 p.m. Sept. 1 with opener Tyler McDermott, runner-up of season 3 of "The Voice." Tickets are $35 for general admission, $60 for reserved seating.
Previous performers announced for this year's fair include Bill Cosby, 3 Doors Down and Foreigner. Visit alaskastatefair.org for the full schedule and to purchase tickets.
By MATT SULLIVAN