Wednesday, June 15, 2011

At the Fair....

While there has been an abundance of bands playing at Summerfest year, one may not want to fork out $70 per ticket for an act at the Marcus Amphitheater. Even though admission for Summerfest is $15, there are the crowds and the traffic jams though downtown Milwaukee. There are other alternatives for good live music. County Fairs!

I know, I know, most of these fairs have your typical yee haw pig chasing, tractor pulling, demo derby fun ....and a lot of country. After sifting through site after site, I've found a few acts of interest across the southeast portions of the state.

Wisconsin State Fair West Allis, WI

ZZ Top Tuesday, August 9 2011
Whitesnake with Skid Row and LA Guns Thursday August 11 2011

Rock Fest Cadott, WI

Slaughter Thursday August 14 2011
Cinderella Thursday August 14 2011
Three Days Grace Thursday August 14 2011
Kid Rock Friday August 15 2011
Avenged Sevenfold Saturday August 16 2011
Jackyl Sunday August 17 2011
Tesla Sunday August 17 2011
Heart Sunday August 17 2011
Def Leppard Sunday August 17 2011

Rock USA Oshkosh, WI

Cheap Trick Thursday July 14 2011
Puddle of Mudd Thursday July 14 2011
Daughtry Thursday July 14 2011
Firehouse Friday July 15 2011
Warrant Friday July 15 2011
Candlebox Friday July 15 2011
Lynryrd Skynyrd Friday July 15 2011
Journey Friday July 15 2011
Dokken Saturday July 16 2011
KISS Saturday July 16 2011

Waukesha County Fair Waukesha, WI

Ted Nugent Thursday July 21 2011
Creedence Clearwater Revisited Friday July 22 2011
Collective Soul Saturday July 23 2011
Beach Boys Sunday July 24 2011

Wisconsin Valley Fair Wausau, WI

Beach Boys Tuesday August 2 2011
Sawyer Brown Thursday August 4 2011
Styx Friday August 5 2011

Washington County Fair West Bend, WI

.38 Special/Loverboy Thursday July 28 2011
Train Saturday July 30 2011

Fond du Lac County Fair Fond du Lac, WI

Beach Boys Thursday July 21 2011
Tesla Saturday July 23 2011

Outagamie County Fair Seymour, WI

Ted Nugent Thursday July 28 2011

Walworth County Fair Elkhorn, WI

Doobie Brothers Sunday September 4 2011

Racine County Fair Union Grove, WI

the Guess Who Thursday July 21 2011

Kinda impressive, huh? I know that I'm not going to see them all. Depending on where I'm at (weather here in Racine or Up North) I may go see some of these bands. So far, the Doobies is a sure thing...


Tender Heart Bear said...

If I had a choice of Summerfest and the County Fair shows I would go to the County Fair because of two things.
1. Really no one at Summerfest this year.
2. County Fair is a lot cheaper to go to.

These are the ones I would go to see at the County Fair.
Heart, Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey, Ted nuggent, CCR, Sawyer Brown, .38 Special/ Loverboy, Dobbie Brothers and The Guess Who.

That would be my lineup for the summer shows to go and see. Thanks for putting this on here for me to look at.

Brett said...

Wow, almost every single band is from the 70's or 80's. Guess we know who the target audience is. I would not mind seeing a few of these but most don't sound nearly as good as they used to. But then again I am taking my wife to Motley Crue/Poison so who am I to talk.

drewzepmeister said...

Tender Heart-Those are the the ones I'd want to see along with Styx.

Brett-I know what you mean...Then again, with concert prices spiraling out of control. (C'mon now, $250 for nosebleeds for U2 at Soldier Field-ridiculous!)One may forced to find cheaper ways for a descent live show. I know I would never pay that much to see the Steve Perry-less Journey. I know they would not sound as great as their heyday, but for $15 and a short drive, why not?