The lineup for The Big Fresno Fair's concert series is always a wide mix of genres and talents. After all, the fair has a large audience and wide appeal, so it books acts accordingly.
This year the mix includes some heavy hitters, a couple of classic singers and a few up-and-coming stars.
Here's a breakdown of what's happening this weekend and next week.
Metal and rock: The fair kicks off its first weekend with '80s rockers Tesla. The Sacramento band has toured with the likes of David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard and Poison and is best known for its cover of the 1971 hit "Signs." Tesla plays Friday.
Memphis Christian-rock band Skillet plays on Tuesday. The band, led by husband and wife team John and Korey Cooper, plays alternative rock, metal fusion that has crossover appeal. The band has released eight albums and has two Grammy nominations. Its latest, "Rise," was released in June.
The up-and-comers: Austin Mahone is a young YouTube sensation in the vein of Justin Beiber. He has an opening slot on Taylor Swift's Red Tour and was just named MTV's "Artist To Watch." He plays the Saturday afternoon slot.
Sean Kingston was an up-and-comer when he played the fair back in 2008, just one year after making his debut. Since then, the Jamaican-born rapper has continued to do well for himself. His current album "Back 2 Life" has collaborations with artists such as Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa. Kingston plays 7 p.m. Saturday.
The oldies (but goodies): Neil Sedaka was a teen idol — one of the first, back in the 1950s. He later had hits in the 1960s with "Calendar Girl," and "Breaking Up is Hard to Do," and was inducted into the National Academy of Popular Music / Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004. He plays Monday night.
On Thursday, it's an old-school soul jam, with the Stylistics, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and Main Ingredient, featuring Cuba Gooding Sr.
Evening shows start at 7 p.m.
The Table Mountain Concert Series, featuring Tesla, Austin Mahone, Neil Sedaka and others at The Big Fresno Fair's Paul Paul Theatre, through Oct. 14. Tickets are available at the Fresno Fair box office, or online at fresnofair.com (200 free seats are available for each show on a first-come, first-served basis at the rear of the theater).
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