By Heather Youmans
7:28 PM AKDT, July 17, 2012
Young the Giant is just one of the acts billed for the Pacific Amphitheatre's Summer Concert Series' at the 2012 Orange County Fair.
The lineup offers genres of popular music that should resonate with different generations, ranging from reggae to country and rock.
On Wednesday and Thursday nights, two "American Idol" alumni will perform separate shows. First, Season 10 "American Idol" Scotty McCreery will play songs off his debut album, "Clear As Day." Attwater, a Sacramento-based country band will open the show.
Then on Thursday, Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert will celebrate the release of his new album "Trespassing."
On Saturday, Costa Mesa native Madasen McGrath, 15, will play an opening set of her original pop-rock music in support of Cody Simpson's USA tour. In 2008, Australian singer/songwriter Simpson — a Justin Beiber, Jesse McCartney type — gained worldwide attention by posting videos of himself performing original songs and covers on YouTube.
Teen-targeted entertainment will continue on Aug. 2 with singer-songwriter and actress Victoria Justice — star of the Nickelodeon show "Victorious." Max Schneider will open the evening.
On July 25, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sheryl Crow will play her Top 40 hits. Best known for "Soak Up The Sun," "All I Wanna Do," "Leaving Las Vegas," and her latest Top 10 release "100 Miles To Memphis," her music incorporates elements of rock, folk, hip hop, country, and pop.
Country music lovers will be treated to country singer Martina McBride on Aug. 10. Since debuting in 1992, McBride has released a series of Top 40 albums including "Evolution," "Martina," 2007's "Waking Up Laughing," and her latest release "Eleven."
A succession of rock acts, ranging from classic rock to glam-metal and reggae, will make up most of the season's shows on the Pacific Amphitheatre stage.
On Friday night, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner of Canadian rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive will reunite for the first time in more than 20 years. Under a new name, Bachman & Turner, the group will perform live with Foghat. The band's hit songs include "Let It Ride," "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," "Takin' Care of Business."
On July 27, Grammy Award winning reggae superstars, Steel Pulse, will return to the Pacific Amphitheatre, accompanied by Orange County's The Dirty Heads.
On July 29, classic rock band Three Dog Night will take the stage. The group had three No. 1 songs in the U.S.: "Mama Told Me Not to Come" "Joy to the World" and "Black and White." Canadian Rock band The Guess Who will open.
Heart will perform on Aug. 9. Fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, Heart has been a mainstay of rock radio for almost 30 years with such Top 40 hits as "Crazy On You," "Barracuda," "Magic Man," "These Dreams," and 2010's Top 10 hit "Red Velvet Car."
Concert-goers can also get their '80s fix with English rock band Tears For Fears on Aug. 1. and Duran Duran on Aug. 11.
From its roots as a new wave synthesizer band in the early 1980s, Tears For Fears later branched out into the mainstream pop and rock genres. The group's greatest hits include "Shout," "Sowing the Seeds of Love," "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and "Woman in Chains."
Meanwhile, Birmingham-based Duran Duran sprung onto the music scene in 1981 combining guitar-based new wave with synth pop. Hits songs in the U.K .and U.S. include "Hungry Like The Wolf," "A View To a Kill" and "Rio."
Editor's note: Heather Youmans was a contestant on "American Idol."
Summer Concert Series at Pacific Amphitheatre
July 18 - Scotty McCreery / Attwater, 8:15 p.m.
July 19 - Adam Lambert, 7:45 p.m.
July 20 - Bachman & Turner / Foghat, 7:30 p.m.
July 21 - Cody Simpson / Madasen McGrath, 8:15 p.m.
July 22 - Young The Giant / The Steelwells, 7:30 p.m.
July 25 - Sheryl Crow / honeyhoney, 8 p.m.
July 26 - Hot Chelle Rae / Allstar Weekend, 7:45 p.m.
July 27 - Steel Pulse With Very Special Guest The Dirty Heads, 7 p.m.
July 28 - Earth, Wind & Fire, 8 p.m.
July 29 - Three Dog Night / The Guess Who, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 1 - Tears For Fears, 8:15 p.m.
Aug. 2 - Victoria Justice / Max Schneider, 8:15 p.m.
Aug. 3 - Cinderella / Sebastian Bach, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 4 - The Fab Four / Surfin' Safari, 8 p.m.
Aug. 5 - Jeff Dunham, 8 p.m.
Aug. 8 - The All-American Rejects, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 9 – Heart, 8:15 p.m.
Aug. 10 - Martina McBride, 8:15 p.m.
Aug. 11 - Duran Duran, 8 p.m.
Aug. 12 - "Weird Al" Yankovic, 8 p.m.