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Three Dog Night, Blood Sweat & Tears finalize Big Fresno Fair lineup

Blood Sweat and Tears, with singer Bo Bice, plays Wednesday, October 12 at the Big Fresno Fair on a double bill with Three Dog Night.
Blood Sweat and Tears, with singer Bo Bice, plays Wednesday, October 12 at the Big Fresno Fair on a double bill with Three Dog Night. Special to The Bee

The Big Fresno Fair has finalized its 2016 concert lineup with a two-for-one performance on Oct. 12, when the ’60s rock group Three Dog Night will perform alongside the jazz-rock act Blood, Sweat & Tears, which features former “American Idol” contestant Bo Bice.

Tickets for the show cost $21-$28 and are available starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6. Presale tickets are available through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, for members of The Big Fair Fan Club. Club members can also get half off fair admission with each concert ticket purchased.

Three Dog Night formed in the late 1960s and was one of the most commercially successful bands of the era, with radio-friendly hits such as “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)” and “Joy to the World.” In all, the band had 21 Top 40 singles and 12 gold albums over a four-year run that ended in 1975 when the original group disbanded. There have been several reunions and incarnations of the band since the mid-1980s. The current lineup includes founding member Danny Hutton, with Michael Allsup (guitar), Paul Kingery (bass), Pat Bautz (drums), Eddie Reasoner (keyboards) and David Morgan (vocals).

Blood Sweat & Tears also formed in the late ’60s, playing experimental rock-jazz fusion. Its 1968 self-titled album spawned three top 10 singles on Billboard’s Top 100 – “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “Spinning Wheel,” “And When I Die.” The band has remained active over the years, touring with a rotating roster of musicians that currently includes singer Bo Bice (runner-up on the fourth season of “American Idol” behind Carrie Underwood). He has been singing with the group since 2014.

The fair’s already announced lineup includes hip-hop, pop, rock, country and Latin music and comedy. Just last week, the fair added two popular Latin acts to fill its Sunday night performance slots. The Mexican regional group Banda MS and the Tejano band Intocable play Sunday, Oct. 9 and 16, respectively.

Here is the rest of the finalized lineup.

▪ Cole Swindell, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5

▪ Jason Derulo, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6

▪ The Cult, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7

▪ Gabriel Iglesias, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8

▪ Daya, Noon Sunday, Oct. 9

▪ Marie Osmond, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10

▪ Mercy Me, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11

▪ The Offspring, 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13

▪ Big & Rich, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14

▪ FloRida, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15

Joshua Tehee: 559-441-6479, @joshuatehee

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