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Dierks Bentley, Snoop Dogg and R5 on tap for Big Fresno Fair

Dierks Bentley_Approved Publicity Photo_FNL CroppedIt’s that time of year when The Big Fresno Fair starts announcing performers for its Table Mountain Concert Series, which kicks off Oct. 1 at the Paul Paul Theatre.

Its latest announcement (which came this morning) is the standard mix of country, classic hip-hop and teen-age pop rock and includes Dierks Bentley, Snoop Dogg and R5.

  • Bentley is a Grand Ole Opry inductee who’s had 11 chart-topping singles and an equal number of Grammy nominations. He plays Oct. 3. Tickets are $43 to $48.
  • In a career that has spanned close to two decades, Snoop Dogg has been on the forefront of both hip-hop (his debut album “Doggystyle” was a Billboard chart-topper and sold more than 800,000 in the first week) and popular culture. Snoog Dogg plays Oct. 8. Tickets are $33-$38.
  • R5 is a family band (brothers Riker Lynch, Rocky Lynch, Ross Lynch and sister Rydel Lynch plus friend Ellington Ratliff) that signed to Hollywood Records in 2010. It’s debut album “Louder,” was released last year. The band plays the early show Oct. 11. Tickets are $18-$23.

The three join the list of already announced acts: TobyMac (Oct. 2), Emblem3 (Oct. 4), Beach Boys (Oct. 6), Justin Moore (Oct. 9) and comedian Gabriel Iglesias (Oct. 10).

That leaves seven nights to fill. The fair usually lands one big hard-rock or metal act (last year it was Korn), so we should have another exciting announcement in the upcoming weeks.

On sale (and pre-sale) dates on the jump.

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Concert News: More country is a-comin’

We already got a Kenny Chesney concert announcement this week, now comes two — yes TWO — notable country acts coming to the Clovis Rodeo in April. Rising duo Love & Theft will perform April 25 (a Thursday night) and Dustin Lynch plays April 26 (Friday).

The Friday night concerts at the rodeo have long been a tradition, but you might recall last year, the rodeo added a Thursday night show. The first one, was a 180-degree turn, going pop with “American Idol” winner David Cook. This time, the rodeo is back in its country comfort zone.

Both concerts start after that night’s rodeo. Tickets are available now, costing $20-$30 per show, or $50 for both. Tickets also include admission to the rodeo. Get tickets at For you buy-in-person types, get the tickets at the rodeo grounds starting March 5.

If you’re looking for a live country trifecta, don’t forget about the recently-announced Dierks Bentley show at Table Mountain Casino, which is happening just a couple days later, on April 29. Tickets for that one cost $25-$45. They, however, are not on sale until March 18.

To-Do Tonight: Mall rockin’, Taylor Hicks, Thinkin’ Pink and much more

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A bunch of cool stuff happening tonight. Here’s the rundown …

The Rock the Mall concert series picks back up at Sierra Vista Mall with rock cover band Shotgun Mary. These things get big crowds, so bring a chair or blanket and get out there.

So I interviewed Taylor Hicks. You can read it here. He’s playing at Chukchansi tonight — and tickets are still available. Question: After reading the Q & A, do you feel sorry for the guy? Or does he just seem kinda out there?

This country star on-the-rise is hitching his trailer to Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore tonight. Tickets cost $35-$65. They’re not as sale online anymore, so you’ll have to get them at the casino. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Concert Watch: Which rising R&B star has been added to the Big Fresno Fair?

It’s Jason Derulo, who has made a big splash this year in the R&B world. Derulo is behind the hit songs “Whatcha Say,” “In My Head” and his latest single, “Ridin’ Solo.”. He’s got over 180 million views on YouTube.

If you wanna see him performing at the Big Fresno Fair on Oct. 16, tickets are going to run you $17 and $25. Tickets for the entire concert series — including Sammy Hagar and Selena Gomez – go on sale Friday to the general public, or Wednesday to BFF e-mail subscribers.

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FOR EVEN MORE CONCERT NEWS: Check out my latest Concert Watch from The Bee, which includes news on Dierks Bentley, Huey Lewis & The News, Lonestar, Wavves, Maps & Atlases, Cults and the School of Rock tour.