For the Reporter
The Washington State Fair welcomes Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, and Cheap Trick on Sept. 19, part of the Columbia Bank Concert Series.
Jett is an originator, an innovator and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You” and “Crimson and Clover.”
Her independent record label, Blackheart Records, was founded in 1980 after she was rejected by no less than 23 labels. Blackheart is one of the longest running indie labels and continues to give voice to new bands.
Cheap Trick is part of the very fiber of American music, inspiring and delighting generations with their unique union of massive melodies and razorblade riffs, their own special brand of mischievous wit and maximum rock ‘n’ roll. Frontlined since 1974 by Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar) and Tom Peterson (bass guitar), the Rockford, Illinois-born band is set to impact still another era with the spectacular new Bang Zoom Crazy … Hello, their 17th studio collection and first in more than five years. Co-produced by Cheap Trick and Grammy Award winner Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell, Fastball), songs like “Heart On The Line” and the turbulent first single, “When I Wake Up Tomorrow,” are deeply connected to the band’s own irrepressible history just as they accelerate their trademark sound and vision into the now.
Pre-sale tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 4. Visit thefair.com and join the free E-Club for access to the best seats and ticket offers.
Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7. Prices are listed in the chart below and include fair gate admission. Tickets will be available online or by phone at 888-559-FAIR (3247) daily, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the fair’s box office, 9th Avenue Southwest and Meridian Street on most Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Online and phone purchases are subject to standard processing fees. Tickets purchased on site will be charged a $3 per ticket service fee.
Visit thefair.com to see the updated lineup, or register online to receive announcements of pre-sale opportunities before concert tickets go on sale to the public.
The concerts to date are:
Date, performance, time, prices (including fair gate admission)
Sept. 2 – Florida Georgia Line (country) 7:30 p.m., $160, $145, $95
Sept. 6 – Justin Boots Rodeo finale, evening performance, 6:30 p.m., $30, $20, $15 or $66 for family of 4 through Sept. 3
Sept. 7 – Justin Boots Rodeo finale with Scotty McCreery (country) 6:30 p.m., $40, $30, or $40 for concert only (dirt GA)
Sept. 8 – Justin Boots Rodeo finale, matinee performance, 1 p.m., $35, $25, $15 or $66 for family of 4 through Sept. 3
Sept. 8 – Justin Boots Rodeo finale with Jamey Johnson (country) 6:30 p.m., $40, $30, or $40 for concert only (dirt GA)
Sept. 9 – Justin Boots Rodeo finale, matinee, 1 p.m., $40, $30
Sept. 10 – Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (classic rock) 7:30 p.m., $50, $40, $30
Sept. 13 – Culture Club with the Thompson Twins (p0p, ’80s), 7:30 p.m., $65, $55, $45
Sept. 14 – An Evening with Terry Fator (comedy) 7:30 p.m. $55, $40, $30
Sept. 15 – Toby Keith (country) 7:30 p.m., $95, $80, $70
Sept. 17 – Lauren Daigle with Zach Williams (christian) 7:30 p.m., $45, $35, $30
Sept. 19 – Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, and Cheap Trick (rock) 7:30 p.m. $60, $50, $40
Sept. 20 – Brett Eldredge with Runaway June and Devin Dawson (country) 7:30 p.m., $75, $65, $45
Sept. 21 – Macklemore (hip hop) 7:30 p.m., $110, $100, $85
Sept. 22 – Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias (comedy) 7:30 p.m., $65, $60, $45
Sept. 23 – Rascal Flatts (country) 7:30 p.m., $90, $80, $60
For more information about the Aug. 31- Sept. 23 fair (closed Tuesdays and Sept. 5), visit thefair.com.