All the world’s a fair in the AV

Rides, games and lots of crazy food and fun

Merdies Hayes | 7/12/2013, midnight
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• Foreigner, known for hard-rocking ballads with a nod toward R&B, will appear with Caitlin Crosby on Aug. 17. The British band has had a string of hits since the late 1970s, when its debut and self-titled album sold more than 4 million copies, staying in the top 20 for a year with such hits as “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice” and “Long, Long Way From Home.”

The second and third albums were even more successful, spawning the hits “Double Vision,” “Hot Blooded,” “Head Games” and “Dirty White Boy.” The fourth album saw a move toward R&B and Gospel with the inclusion of a saxophone solo by the late Junior Walker on the song “Urgent,” and, in 1985, collaboration with the New Jersey Mass Choir on the hit single “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Though the lineup has changed drastically over the years, lead vocalist Lou Gramm is one of the most famous “Rock voices” on Top 40 radio.

Caitlin Crosby is a relatively new musical act, though she is probably known among the teen and “tween” audience for her recurring role as Amy on the MTV show “The Hard Times of RJ Berger.”

• Banda el Recodo takes the stage at 6 p.m. on Aug. 18. The Mexican ensemble is one of the most famous “Sinaloense” (from the Mexican state of Sinaloa on the Gulf of California coastline) groups and traces its roots back to 1938. Today, the band consists of four clarinets, three trumpets, a tambora (bass drum with a cymbal on top), a tarola (snare drum), a tuba, three trombones and two singers, performing traditional Banda (Mexican folk) ballads. Banda Los Recoditos will be the opening act.

• Sheryl Crow and Weston Burt appear on Aug. 19. Since her 1993 debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club, Sheryl Crow has become one of the music industry’s most popular singer/songwriters. Her repertoire extends from Pop, Rock and Country & Western, to Gospel and even motion picture scores. Over the past 20 years, Crow has sold more than 17 million albums in the U.S. and more than 50 million worldwide, while receiving nine Grammy Awards (out of 32 nominations).

That first album produced the hit singles “All I Wanna Do” and “Strong Enough,” selling 7 million units to earn Crow three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Female Vocal Performance. In 1997, Crow contributed the theme song to the James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies,” while her 1999 album, My Favorite Mistake, won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.

Weston Burt, a Country artist, is known for his new hit single “Lucky Sometimes.”

• George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and Buddy Guy, will bring the Blues to town on Aug. 20. In 1976, Thorogood and the Destroyers left the East Coast club scene and released Better Than the Rest, a collection of rock ’n’ roll, blues and “Rockabilly” tunes at a time when Disco was king. Their next album, Move It on Over, not only covered the famous Hank Williams hit, but included cover versions of hits by some of Thorogood’s boyhood idols, including Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and Bo Diddley.