Concert Reports


Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

07/27/2017, California Mid State Fair, Paso Robles

Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood make History at The California Mid State Fair! Duo entertain thousands of fans with two Sold Out performances in one night, shattering Mid State Fair records

All Photos : Ray Soto / Central Coast Rocks 


It may or may not have been a coincidence, but Thursday, July 27 was the hottest day of the 2017 California Mid-State Fair. While temperatures reached a high of 105° in the afternoon, the hottest spot on the Fairgrounds may have been inside the Grandstand Arena, as world-wide superstar Garth Brooks performed in front of not one, but two, sold-out crowds.

 When asked before the concert what his Central Coast fans could expect from the two sold out shows the Country Superstar stated “This is going to be what we were born to do” and also added that it was “Going to be old school for us and very new for us at the same time” since all of their show’s “toys” were down in L.A.


What fans did end up getting were two shows filled with fun and enthusiasm from the moment Brooks took the stage. The singer has a unique way of connecting to each audience member and making him or her feel like a part of the show. The setlist consisted of old favorites such as “The Thunder Rolls,” & “Friends In Low Places” mixed with hits from Garth’s current CD “Gunslinger” including the hit “Ask Me How I Know” which was so well received the singer stated from the stage “Your’e treating the old stuff like it’s new, and the new stuff like the old stuff,” followed by his trademark smile that lit up the sold out arena.


"Our goal is for everybody that comes to that show to leave thinking that they had a one on one experience,” Trisha Yearwood added pre show when asked about the night’s concerts.


The first show sold out in 30 seconds, breaking the Mid-State Fair record for fastest one-day sell-out. Less than a week later the second show sold out in less than a minute. The concerts were presented by Amazon Music Unlimited.

Before the concerts a press conference was held where Fair CEO Mike Bradley gifted Garth Brooks with a personalized belt buckle and Trisha Yearwood with a personalized cuff commemorating the two sold out shows

Garth is currently on the three year Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. The tour began with 11 sold out shows at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. The tour is smashing records previously held by such acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and even Garth Brooks. In two and a half years the tour has sold over 5.5 MILLION tickets, making it the biggest tour in the world.




Interview with Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood



Central Coast Rocks: You’re known for your elaborate & high energy stage shows, what can the fans expect tonight & who were your influences in that area?


Garth Brooks: I have to tell you man this is gonna be fun because they’ve stripped all your toys so all your toys are in L.A. right? So now what your’e coming out with is old school, just the music. Let’s have some fun. It’s gonna be good. You’re gonna call on guys that you learned from, Chris LaDeox, George Strait. But you’re also gonna call on guys like Springsteen that feels very much at home in any arena that he plays and so this is very … going to be old school for us and very new for us at the same time this is going to be what we were born to do.


Trisha Yearwood: My musical hero was Linda Ronstadt. I was not what I would call an entertainer, I was a singer. This tour opening for Garth, because he is such a great entertainer has been a real lesson for me in how to really go out and do more than just sing a song and hit the notes. It’s been really fun and I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable and I think the thing that makes the show work is that our job is, and our goal is for everybody that comes to that show to leave thinking that they had a one on one experience. And it is doable, you really do feel like you’re , like I’m not up here singing to you , you really do feel like part of the experience. I feel like that every night so that’s what we try to do.



Central Coast Rocks: This current tour is in its third year. Is it possible to pick some highlights?


Garth Brooks: Well, just the fact that it was supposed to be going a year and a half and now it’s over three. That’s the highlight of the whole thing. It started In Chicago, one night turned into eleven, and then here we go on this one. I swear the way tickets were going I still wish we could have done five more shows here. Its amazing people are showing up like that, that’s the highlight. If this place is like, I wish I could talk to you afterward, but if this place ( Calif. Mid State Fair ) is like other places on the tour, what’s going to blow you away is how much they sing. It used to be just Europe would sing like that and Ireland but now you just start a song and they finish it, start a song and they finish it and it’s fun, this should be really good.


Trisha Yearwood: It’s tough. Sometimes it’s a city that you play where the crowds just blow your mind. New Orleans was one of those cities for us. Sometimes it’s a moment that happens during a show that is life changing. Early on in this tour, we had not done a tour with social media being what it is now so we really didn’t understand when something was going to go viral. The first time that happened was early on in the tour when a woman had a sign that read “Chemo This Morning, Garth Tonight” and we brought her up and she became part of the show, we kept in touch with her, she’s cancer free now. So every city something will happen, it’s not intentional because we don’t know what’s going to be out there, but if it becomes a moment it’s really cool for us.



Central Coast Rocks: Tell us about your Facebook Live Series


Garth Brooks: The Inside Studio G a Monday Night Conversation is pretty cool. Facebook came to us and said we have this thing called Facebook Live , we’re looking for an artist to do it. A guy named Hashtag, we call him Hashtag, his name’s Brian Moore he said we should really try this. Our idea of Social media was supposed to be a conversation whereas Social Media up to that point in my opinion had always been just spew from one side. But this way now you get to take questions and the new stuff that’s coming Facebook’s going to have where you’ll see the face of the people asking the question right there next to you on Facebook. So it’s getting less and less spew from one side and more and more of a conversation, that’s what Social Media should be.


Trisha Yearwood: We also do a show called “Coffee Talk” a little Facebook Live show that we do before my cooking show airs on Saturday morning and we just have coffee and talk, it’s really that basic and we found that people join us and they have their coffee too. We have a really big following its crazy and it’s easy to do because I don’t have to put on makeup, it’s really casual and relaxing.



Central Coast Rocks: Final words for your fans here on the Central Coast?


Garth Brooks: Oh just Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. Thank you for my life, thank you for my children’s life. It doesn’t matter if it was the 90’s, now, and hopefully twenty years from now (Laughs), thank you.


Trisha Yearwood: It’s been a long time since I’ve played Paso Robles and I’m really excited to be back and to be part of this tour and really looking forward to it.



About Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks recently won Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards for a fifth time, a first for any artist. He is also the first artist in history to receive 7 Diamond awards for the now seven albums certified by the RIAA at over 10 million album sales each and remains the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history certified by the RIAA with over 149 million album sales. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. Garth has been inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and most recently, the Musicians Hall of Fame.


Garth has also launched Inside Studio G, a weekly Facebook Live series. It airs every Monday on Garth's Facebook page at 4:00 PM PDT/7:00 PM EDT.


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"America's Favorite Fair!"


The Fair opened in 1946 and was first known as the San Luis Obispo County Fair. The California Mid-State Fair is held annually and runs for 12 days at the end of July. The Fair has hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry. Artists such as Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Journey, Rod Stewart, Fergie, Justin Bieber, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and Kenny Chesney have all performed on our Main Grandstand Arena stage.

New this year is a brand new carnival provider, with TWO separate carnival areas: the traditional carnival area, plus the brand new CUB COUNTY, a carnival dedicated to toddlers and young children. At the north end of the Fairgrounds you'll find our brand new Paso Robles Pavilion, a towering structure that features 100,000 square feet of exhibit space. And while you're at the Fair this year, stop by one of our many new attractions like our Hall of Bugs, Slugs & Spiders, Wild West Turkey Stampede, Strongest Man & Woman Competition or Tomatoes, Tortoises & Treasures exhibit!


Facilities are located at 2198 Riverside Avenue in Paso Robles.


Please visit The 2017 California Mid-State Fair ran July 19 through July 30. This year’s theme was “Come One, Come All!”


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