The last four decades in popular music will be well represented at the Spokane County Interstate Fair later this summer.
Whether it’s ‘70s prog (Styx) or ‘80s pop (Huey Lewis and the News), endless harmonica solos (Blues Traveler) or contemporary country (Jake Owen), the fair will have you covered with this year’s grandstand lineup.
Of course, there will be a rodeo in there, as well, along with some monster trucks. It wouldn’t be a fair otherwise.
This year’s fair is Sept. 7-16. The lineup so far looks like this:
- Friday, Sept. 7 – PRCA Rodeo, 7 p.m. Tickets are $5-$7 plus gate admission. Friday is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night, with $1 for each rodeo ticket sold going to Because There Is Hope and continued efforts on breast cancer awareness.
- Saturday, Sept. 8 – The PRCA Rodeo is back for Night 2, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5-$7, plus gate admission.
- Sunday, Sept. 9 – To be determined. Oddly, the fair’s Web site says tickets are $5-$7. (If somehow the reformed Black Sabbath is booked, this will turn out to be quite a deal.)
- Monday, Sept. 10 -- Wylie and the Wild West Show, 7 p.m. Tickets range from $5 to $7 plus gate admission. Wyle Gustafson, who hails from Montana, will bring his unique blend of classic country music, rockabilly and fold. Expect yodeling.
- Tuesday, Sept. 11 – Jake Owen, 7 p.m. Tickets range from $5 to $15, plus gate admission. The latest country sensation – who initially hit it big with “Yee Haw” – will likely put plenty of blue-jean butts in the seats.
- Wednesday, Sept. 12 – Huey Lewis and the News, 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $15-$30 plus gate admission. Impossible to ignore during the 1980s, Lewis and his band had a string of hits including “If This Is It,” “I Want a New Drug,” “Stuck With You” and “The Heart of Rock and Roll.”
- Thursday, Sept. 13 – Styx, $10 to $25, plus gate admission. Although founding member Dennis DeYoung is long gone, the 1970s progsters-turned-hit machine will come to the Spokane area since, well, forever. The band is known for the songs “Lady,” “Too Much Time on My Hands” and “The Best of Times,” among countless others. Maybe they’ll even play “Mr. Roboto.”
- Friday, Sept. 14 – Blues Traveler, 7 p.m. Tickets range from $10-$20 plus gate admission. This band had a good run during the ‘90s alternative rock boom with “Hook” and “Run-Around.”
- Saturday, Sept. 15 – Monster Truck Show, 2 and 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $8-$10, plus gate admission. Need we say more?
- Sunday, Sept. 16 – Double Header Demolition Derby, 4 p.m. Tickets $6-$8 plus gate admission. In case you didn’t get enough automobile destruction the day before.
Tickets are nonrefundable, and all information is subject to change without notice. Show times should be confirmed before attending.
Tickets will go on sale at the Interstate Fair Box Office, online or at TicketsWest outlets on July 9 or by calling 1-800-325-7328.