I used to think the big music bookings at the Deschutes County fair existed in a funny little bubble, unaffected by the kinds of acts that are popular at other venues. But given the two Les Schwab Amphitheater headliners we know about for 2010 — Merle Haggard and the Steve Miller Band — perhaps I was wrong. Perhaps the fair, with its focus on aging classic rockers and not-quite top-tier country acts, has its finger on the pulse of what Central Oregonians want. Perhaps the fair was ahead of its time.
Anyway, buckle up, because here are the big names playing the 2010 Deschutes County fair:
All shows start at 7 p.m. and are free with a ticket, which you can get by listening to 99.7 FM (for McCoy/Diffie) and 98.3 FM (for Styx/Yankovic). (You also have to pay for admission to the fair.) More info here.
An aside: One of the most eye-opening experiences I’ve had in this job was attending the Alice Cooper show at the fair in 2008. (Here’s my review.) The fairgrounds’ event center was rowdy, raucous and packed to the gills with more than 10,000 people cheering wildly every time Alice “choked” a woman or “stabbed” a baby, all fake and in good fun, of course. 10,000 people. That’s more than have ever attended a show at Les Schwab Amphitheater. Ever.