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Rick Springfield to play Thursday at the California State Fair

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Pop legend and performer of "Jessie’s Girl" Rick Springfield will come to Sacramento on Thursday to play for fans at the California State Fair.

The concert, from 8 – 9:30 p.m., is part of the State Fair’s hugely popular music venue, and fairgoers get the chance to check out a wide variety of musicians across multiple genres throughout the fair’s run.

Springfield came to Thunder Valley Casino Resort in 2010, and The Sacramento Press had the chance to interview him about his thoughts on the city and performing here.

"One of the first shows I did was in Sacramento, and Bill Graham put it on, and he’s always tied me, memory-wise, to Sacramento," Springfield said at the time. "And it has a special place in my heart because it was one of the first shows people started showing up to because of ‘Jessie’s Girl.’ "

With the enduring popularity of "Jessie’s Girl," fans might look to the origin of Springfield’s interest in music.

"It was an English band called The Shadows," he said. "I was living in England when I was a kid, and they were just before The Beatles. I actually met the guitar player a couple of years ago. He lives in Australia right now, and I had dinner with him. It was really amazing to sit down with the guy who inspired you."

Tickets run $19 at the door to the fair. 
General viewing of all concerts during the State Fair is free with fair admission, but the seats closer to the front in the "Golden1 Stage" are availabe for $19. 

The State Fair is located at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd.

For more information, go to the State Fair website.

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