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    Festival Pass: All of the concerts coming to the annual OC Fair
    • July 6, 2023

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    Happy Thursday!

    We’re in a bit of a music festival lull for the next couple of weeks as some massive tours prepare to roll through Southern California and the annual OC Fair kicks off in Costa Mesa on Friday, July 14.

    Looking at the calendar, our next major music festival isn’t until Sad Summer Fest takes over FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on Saturday, July 29. Reporter Charlie Vargas is lining up some interviews with a few of the artists on that lineup, so look for that in the near future.

    However, there’s still plenty going on.

    Speaking of the OC Fair, there’s a ton of live entertainment that comes along with all the carnival-style rides and games and insane fair food.

    Reporter Holly Alvarado has roundups of the concerts coming to The Hangar inside the OC Fair and at the adjacent Pacific Amphitheatre’s Toyota Summer Concert Series. While The Hangar features mostly tribute acts, tickets start at just $20 and includes fair admission. Get the full lineup of concerts in The Hangar here.

    The lineup at Pacific Amphitheatre, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, includes a wide variety of artists like Beck and Phoenix, Dwight Yoakam, Yung Gravy, Ramon Ayala, Rebelution, Cheap Trick and more. Tickets to the shows happening during the run of the OC Fair (July 14-Aug. 13) include same-day fair admission. Get the full list of concerts and post-OC Fair shows at Pacific Amphitheatre here.

    The Bellwether makes its debut

    Holly was able to check out a new venue opening in Downtown Los Angeles next week. The 1,600-capacity room dubbed The Bellwether will host its grand opening with synth-pop duo Phantogram on Tuesday, July 11.

    The owners spoke with Holly about their plans for the new concert hall, which also boasts an impressive bar space, restaurant lounge and an open-air seating area with stunning city views. The concert lineup, so far, includes acts like Wilco, Porter Robinson, Carly Rae Jepsen, Silversun Pickups, Isaiah Rashad, Drama, Haim and more. Find out more information on The Bellwether here.

    Drake Loves Hot Chicken 

    Canadian rapper Drake has teamed up with 21 Savage for the massive It’s All a Blur Tour that includes stops at Kia Forum in Inglewood Aug. 12-13 and 15-16 and Arena in Los Angeles on Aug. 21-22.

    Tickets sold fast, but fans can try to score some through Dave’s Hot Chicken’s Frequent Fryer loyalty program. It seems like an odd pairing, but Drake’s an investor in the Pasadena-based chain, so the collaboration makes sense. Reporter Fielding Buck has all of the details on how fans can sign up to try to win tickets to the L.A. area shows here.

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    Until next week, thanks for reading and keep rockin’!

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    ​ Orange County Register