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Big Fresno Fair announces its first concert lineup. It includes Roseanne Barr

Comedian Roseanne Barr performs Oct. 8 as part of the 2019 Big Fresno Fair.
Comedian Roseanne Barr performs Oct. 8 as part of the 2019 Big Fresno Fair. The Big Fresno Fair

JUNE 26 UPDATE: Roseanne Barr won’t be performing at Big Fresno Fair after all, due to Yom Kippur

ORIGINAL STORY: The Big Fresno Fair has announced the first round of its 2019 entertainment lineup and it’s what we’ve come to expect. There’s Christian rock and some classic oldies funk, a regional Mexican star and a comedian (though it’s somehow not Gabriel Iglesias).

In order of appearance: Christian Nodal will end the fair’s first weekend. The Mexican singer performs Sunday, Oct. 6. Nodal’s songs have been all over Billboard’s Regional Mexican Songs charts, including last year’s “No Te Contaron Mal.” Tickets are $25-$85.

Comedian (and professional social media ranter) Roseanne Barr performs Oct. 8. Barr had returned to the stand-up comedy world following a storied acting career that included two stints on her own television show. More recently she made news (and was fired from her own series) over a racist tweet.

“The Big Fresno Fair has always been a venue of choice. Rosanne is a well-known entertainer who has a wide-array of fans, and some who are not,” said the fair’s CEO, John C. Alkire.

“This year the Fair offers 13 days of diverse entertainment for fair goers to enjoy.”

Tickets to see Barr are $30-$45.

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The Christian rock group Newsboys plays the following night, Oct. 9. The band, which features former DC Talk singer Michael Tait, should be well known to local audiences with songs like “Step Up to the Microphone” and “You Are My King.” Tickets are $22-$38.

Rounding out the lineup so far is Tower of Power. The old school soul band will perform Oct. 10, alongside funk-rock superstars War. Tower of Power once played the amphitheater at Fresno State with Cheech and Chong as an opener. War just performed at Tachi Palace in February. Tickets are $25-$40.

Tickets for all shows are on sale 9 a.m. May 14, with special online pre-sale tickets available to Big Fair Fan Club members starting 9 a.m. May 7. Fan club members can also get other benefits like discounts on single-day admissions, season passes and carnival ride wristbands.