The Labor Day Weekend musical lineup at the Washington State Fair had something for almost everyone, beginning with a nearly all-hits performance from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller.
Now 77 years old (though you wouldn’t know it), Miller led his five-piece band through the greatest-hits catalog every college student from the mid-1970s through today has heard at least once: “Jungle Love,” “The Joker,” “Jet Airliner,” “Dance, Dance, Dance,” and of course “Rock’n Me,” whose lyrics charted Phoenix, Arizona, and all the way to nearby Puyallup, in Tacoma.
Saturday, it was Carrie Underwood’s time to shine. The former American Idol winner has obviously evolved into a megastar since her 2005 win. Underwood made sure to mention the TV show that launched her during her set, reminiscing about the number of fans who now come up to her and mention that they’ve listened to her music since they were little kids.
A triple bill of hip-hop/rap was showcased Sunday. The shorter set of performances kicked off with Washington’s own Sir Mix-A-Lot, followed by Atlanta’s Tag Team (which has experienced a resurgence lately thanks to its Geico-commercial spots) and New York natives Salt-N-Pepa. Monday featured fair regulars The Beach Boys, whose beloved songs unsurprisingly left everyone dancing.
The fair concert series, sponsored by Columbia Bank, continues Thursday with Neal McCoy’s Dancin’ in the Dirt Party and continues through Sept. 26, when Old Dominion and Caitlyn Smith close things out. Some daily highlights include Ice Cube and Ginuwine (Sept. 17); Sublime with Rome (Sept. 18); and Macklemore with White Wolf (Sept. 24).
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