Arizona State Fair Concerts: Who You'll See and When in 2013
The Wanted - Saturday, October 19
Oh, boy. Oh, boy. If you haven't heard of The Wanted yet, you probably don't have to go to this, so you can safely ignore this warning. If you have heard of The Wanted, but maybe aren't sure how intense this concert from One Direction's arch-nemeses might get, bring earplugs.
The Wanted are, like One Direction themselves, the perfect boy band for the Twitter generation: Most non-fans have no idea what they look or sound like, and it's pretty easy to go through life having never heard their hit songs, such as they are. But Twitter and Tumblr allow their tween and teen fans to stuff their life full of these guys, retweeting every photo and sending message after message in the hopes of getting a follow back from just one of Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker, or Nathan Sykes. Which are actually strikingly normal names for boy-band members, for what that's worth.
Anyway, in case you wanted to know, that's what they sound like. Tickets are $20 for this 7 p.m. concert.
Original Members: Everybody, but it's a shame Bun E. Carlos isn't around.
Prince Royce - Sunday, October 20
It's been similarly easy for English speakers to miss bachata singer Prince Royce, whose last two albums debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart--and whose third came out earlier this week. That's likely to change sometime soon; his last single, "Darte un Beso," was his first to hit the Hot 100 proper, and his current single features English and Selena Gomez.
I'm not sure this is the crossover album for the Bronx native, but it's clear his major label has one in mind sometime soon. Which makes this your chance to feel slightly ahead of the curve. Tickets are $20 for this 5 p.m. concert.