Bob Dylan Opens OC Fair

[Mental Notes] Also: The winners of two OCMA awards, Amateur Chemist is on hiatus

So Bob Dylan is coming to Orange County this summer, kicking off the OC Fair concert series at Pacific Amphitheatre on its opening day, July 15. If the OC Fair had booked any other great artist of Dylan's caliber, it would've been a not-to-miss show. Except the "voice of a generation" has, in each live performance we've seen in the past 10 years, rendered every awesome song of his in gibberish. Not only that, but every version he sings of his old classics is also unrecognizable—in tempo, in arrangement and, well, in terms of greatness. So, yes, he sucks live, and you won't be able to recognize any of the Dylan songs that soundtrack your life. Tickets go on sale Feb. 26 via the OC Fair & Event Center Box Office, which is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. From a Feb. 24 Heard Mentality post.

On Feb. 24 and 25, the OC Music Awards showcase culminated in the finals for the Best Live Acoustic and Best Live Band, respectively. Micah Brown was named Best Live Acoustic in the cement courtyard outside the Fullerton Museum on Feb. 24. The Dana Point musician was competing for the title against Danny Maika, indie-pop band Canvas, Parker Macy Blues and radio-ready pop siren Stacy Clark.

The Steelwells won Best Live Band the following night, beating pop-punker We Are the Arsenal, metal band Railroad to Alaska, group Kiev and the rap spectacle that is BLOK, but that's not to say their performance was our favorite. Railroad to Alaska put on a kick-ass, high-energy show that rocked immediately accessible grooves while never giving up their hard edge. And Kiev demonstrated an uncanny ability to make intricately orchestrated spacey songs sound fluid and improvised. From Feb. 25 and Feb. 28 posts by Brandon Ferguson.

Location Info


Fullerton Museum

301 N. Pomona Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Museums

Region: Fullerton

Orange County Fair & Exposition Center

88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Costa Mesa

Everyone here at OC Weekly and Heard Mentality is sending out good vibes and wishes to photographer extraordinaire Andrew Youssef, a.k.a. Amateur Chemist.

If you read our blog regularly, you've read his concert reviews and seen his fantastic photographs, such as the ones he took of Gang of Four at the House of Blues in Anaheim or Blonde Redhead at the Glass House. On his blog, he announced he will be on indefinite hiatus from photographing and reviewing shows due to medical reasons. "At this point, I don't have an expected return date," he writes, "but hope to be back in action seeing shows, reviewing bands and taking shots." From a Feb. 25 post.

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Sara A.
Sara A.

Well, I went to the Dylan concert on Friday. He was absolutely amazing live! Smiling, singing.. it was beautiful. It felt good to be surrounded by Dylan fans who understand and connect with him.. Not idiots like you who have no idea what a GREAT artist Dylan is no matter what he sounds like.. you should not be allowed to comment or write articles on artists as amazing as Bob.


LILLEDESHAN BOSE should be covering the cookware demos at the fair; it's obvious he doesn't know anything about music. I always have to laugh at the poor folks who complain that, "those songs don't sound like they do on the albums..." What a fool... The OC show was great and the very positive response of the 9,500 cheering fans sort of negate Bose's silly remarks.

Sara A.
Sara A.

Where the hell do you get off saying Dylan sucks live??!!! You obviously know nothing about Bob Dylan or his performances, past and present. I saw him earlier this year and his songs were amazing AND recognizable. YOU suck.. stop writing articles about stuff you know nothing about.


To Lilledeshan Bose and OC Weekly. Apparently someone has yet to understand the true beauty of Bob Dylan and his live shows. Some of my greatest memories of any live performance ever are from Bob Dylan and his band. Next time you pick someone to write an article about Dylan, pick someone with the intellect and respect not to bash one of the greatest rock and roll, music legends of all time. You suck Lilledeshan Bose and so do you OC Weekly for even publishing such crap.


He sucks live? When did this start happening? When I saw Dylan in the 90's, on two consecutive nights, he altered the melodies and arrangements night to night and killed (duh). It was absolute mastery. He does this somewhat on the fly, and the band is right there. As much as I was endeared to his songs as they played on the radio through my youth, the power which he possesses, and the drive to keep it alive completely eclipse that one might be missing the replay of the radio sound. Hearing that signature voice. No one else can do that. I imagine anyone who actually liked Dylan in the day, rather than liking whatever poppy melody that makes them mindless, will be very happy with his live show. The man can do it in his sleep.


Well, you obviously did not see his show at the Ontario venue last August. He was terrific! He did a lot of "old" stuff that was just great, very recognizable. I have been to one of those concerts where he changed things up, but that seems to be a style that has passed.

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