Legendary Texas rock band ZZ Top is coming to the South Carolina State Fair.
The group will play Oct. 18, one of six musical acts slated to perform in the Pepsi Grandstand during the fair’s 12-day run in Columbia.
“Our Pepsi Grandstand shows have remained one of the hallmarks of our fair, and we are excited to bring more quality musicians to the stage again this year,” State Fair manager Gary Goodman said in a news release.
ZZ Top tickets are $25 and include fair admission. They will go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 6 and can be purchased at www.scstatefair.org.
The 148th version of the fair, located at Rosewood Drive and George Rogers Boulevard across from Williams-Brice Stadium, will run Oct. 11-22. Fair officials will announce the remaining musical acts in the coming weeks.
ZZ Top was formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas, by vocalist and guitarist Billy Gibbons and reached its current incarnation a year later with bassist and vocalist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard.
The bad’s first album was released in 1971 by London Records and was named “ZZ Top’s First Album.” Since then the band has reportedly sold more than 25 million albums, the most popular being 1983 “Eliminator.” ZZ Top is best known for songs like “La Grange,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Cheap Sunglasses” and “Tush” (as well as Hill and Gibbons’ long beards).
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards inducted the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
ZZ Top last played in Columbia Feb. 21 at The Township. Gibbons was in town last November for the Rockin’ 4 Relief Concert at the Columbia Historic Speedway in Cayce.