Further proof it won’t be the usual twangers and geezers at the Minnesota State Fair this year, Weezer and G-Eazy were announced as the headliners of two more grandstand concerts.
The Los Angeles rockers of “Buddy Holly” and “Island in the Sun” hitmaking fame will return to the fair’s big stage on Saturday, Sept. 3, topping out 89.3 the Current’s Music-on-a-Stick concert (clearly no longer an all-Minnesota show). Opening acts will be announced later. Tickets go on sale next Wednesday, June 15, at 10 a.m. for $45 and $35 (all reserved seats) via the fair box office, etix.com or by calling (800) 514-3849. Weezer also played the grandstand in 2011, drawing 8,000 fans.
G-Eazy’s Aug. 30 show -- a Tuesday night in the first week of school for many Twin Cities kids -- will mark the overdue return of hip-hop to the grandstand. The Bay Area rapper, who scored a top 10 hit earlier this year with “Me, Myself & I" (posted below), follows a two-year lull after Wiz Khalifa and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis each packed the venue with 15,000 fans in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Tickets go on sale next Wednesday at noon for $41 (general admission plaza standing) and $31 (reserved grandstand seats). That show will also feature some unannounced openers.
One more fair grandstand concert will be announced. Here are the shows already on the calendar: Don Henley (Thursday, Aug. 25); Charlie Wilson with Fantasia (Friday, Aug. 26); Dixie Chicks with Vintage Trouble and Smooth Hound Smith (Saturday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Aug. 28; sold out); Happy Together Tour 2016 featuring the Turtles with Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders), the Cowsills and the Spencer Davis Group (Monday, Aug. 29); Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas with Mike Posner (Wednesday, Aug. 31); the Minnesota Show with Garrison Keillor (Friday, Sept. 2); Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Contest Finals (Sunday, Sept. 4) and Bonnie Raitt with the Richard Thompson Trio (Monday, Sept. 5).