It's only rock 'n' roll but the fairs like it
As a result, the cost of booking such musical acts has jumped from about $30,000 a show to more than $100,000, according to concert venue managers.
For example, organizers of the Orange County Fair tried to book Pat Benatar for the fair's summer concert series but lost out to the Greek Theatre, where she will perform July 31.
Despite the heated competition, the county fairs in Southern California will feature some of the top acts of the era, including Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, ZZ Top, the B52s, Blue Oyster Cult and Kenny Loggins.
-- Hugo Martin
Photo: Pat Benatar performs in 2008 at the Pacific Amphitheater at the Orange County Fair. Credit: Orange County Fair.