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The 2014 Golden 1 Stage schedule

July 11: John Kay & Steppenwolf

July 12: Macy Gray

July 13: Phil Vassar

July 14: Hinder

July 15 and 16: “Wheel of Fortune” auditions

July 17: The Spinners

July 18: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

July 19: Queen Nation (Queen Tribute)

July 20: America

July 21: Bret Michaels

July 22: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

July 23: Blackjack Billy & Jana Kramer

July 24: MercyMe

July 25: The Whispers

July 26: Trick Pony

July 27: Blaze of Glory: The Bon Jovi Experience

All 15 concerts and two nights of auditions are free with fair admission. Concert begin at 8 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. VIP seating is available in advance for an additional fee ($14-$22 per seat).

Other State Fair concerts

Those looking for a more intimate entertainment experience should check out the Promenade Stage, which offers free concerts every evening at 8 as part of the “State Fair at Night” series.

Most of the groups are local cover bands specializing in hits from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, so attendees will recognize the tunes.

Saturday, the fair will feature cover band Department of Rock, fittingly named for a performance in the state Capital.

“They’re a little-known government agency that intends to bring rock ’n’ roll into everybody’s household,” said operations manager Paul Gillingham, jokingly.

On July 20, Los Angeles-based group Funkalicious will perform R&B and Motown hits.

The concerts close July 27 with Wonderbread, a Jackson 5 tribute band.

Gillingham said the series (which has no assigned seating, unlike many of the Golden 1 Stage concerts) will create a high-energy nightly party.

“You can get up and move and groove, and you can bring the kids,” he said.