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From Country to Rock and the parody lyrics of Weird Al, 2013 Fair has it all

From Country to Rock and the parody lyrics of Weird Al, 2013 Fair has it all

Clay Walker opens the fair entertainment line-up on Friday.

POSTED July 8, 2013 4:47 p.m.

Whether you prefer to tap your toes to country twang or get up and boogie-woogie to rockin’ beats, the Stanislaus County Fair is likely to have some music to suit your fancy.

The fair’s 10-day run will feature a variety of musical acts representing a host of genres, including county, rock, soul, and world.

All concerts are free with Fair admission and are held nightly at 8:30 p.m. on the Budweiser Variety Free Stage.

Country music singer Clay Walker is making a return visit to the Stanislaus County Fair July 12 to open the 10-day run. Walker first hit the country scene in 1993 with his hit “What’s it to You” and followed it up the following year with the hit “Live Until I Die.” Since then, Walker has released 11 albums and has been nominated for an American Music Award.

Entertainment for the Fair’s second night will be a mix of comedy and music when “Weird Al” Yankovic takes the stage July 13. A California native, “Weird Al” Yankovic’s music aspirations began when he started playing an accordion bought from a door-to-door salesman when he was six years old. His unique blend of music and comedy first hit the airwaves when as a teenager he sent his homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show. He went on to become the biggest-selling comedy artist in history with over 12 million album sales. His hits include: “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Fat,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” and “The Saga Begins.” “Weird Al” Yankovic has won three Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album and Best Short Form Video for the “Perform This Way,” music video.

“‘Weird Al’ Yankovic is hilarious and we are so excited to have him on our free stage this year,” said Adrenna Alkhas, spokesperson for the Stanislaus County Fair. “He will bring wit and an outrageous mix of lyrics from popular songs for a humorous night.”

With rock classics like “Born on the Bayou,” “Fortunate Son,” and “Lodi” in their catalog, Creedence Clearwater Revisited is expected to have fans packing the stands when they perform July 14.

Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, the bass and drums from the legendary group, created the tribute band in 1995 to once again perform their hits live. The group originally planned to just play private parties Creedence Clearwater Revisited now performs up to 100 shows a year and released their own album, “Recollection.”

“Creedence Clearwater Revisited is a great addition to our lineup.” said Alkhas. “Fair guests who love rock and roll music will have a great time reminiscing to their songs.”

The ‘Wild-Eyed Southern Boys’ of rock ‘n’ roll are coming to the Fair for a show on July 15. 38 Special continues to pack stadiums across the country with their hits like “Hold On Loosely,” Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” and “Back Where You Belong.”  Friends Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant formed the band in 1974 and it wasn’t long before their songs started moving up the charts. Now, their Gold and Platinum album awards show sales in excess of 20 million.

Oklahoma rock band Hinder is expected to draw a younger group to the Fair when they perform July 16.

“Our Fair guests’ taste of music varies,” said Alkhas. “Hinder will bring the perfect mix for modern-rock fans.”

Hinder has proven since their debut in 2005, that they are a sustainable rock band. With all original members still intact, they continue to rock venues with bands like Nickelback, Motley Crue, Papa Roach, and Saving Abel. Their breakthrough single, “Lips of an Angel,” hit #1 on the Billboard Pop Charts, and the follow up album in 2008, “Take it to the Limit,” surpassed Gold status and debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200.

Popular rock group Huey Lewis and the News is bringing their “Sports 30 Anniversary Tour” to the Fair July 17. Best known for, “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Heart & Soul,” “I Want a New Drug,” “Walking on a Thin Line,” and “If This Is It,” Huey Lewis and the News has been part of the music scene for three decades and has garnered multiple awards along the way.

“This rock sensation will be a powerhouse on the stage that night,” said Alkhas. “Their irresistible music will rock the stage.”

The continuing popularity of San Francisco-based group Tower of Power is sure to be on hand when the performers take the stage at the Fair July 18. Since the beginning, Tower of Power has never stopped touring and recording. Every year they embark on a new tour that takes them all over the world and introduces new crowds to their classic soul tunes.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Tower of Power,” said Alkhas. “Their timeless music will be a hit with guests of all ages.”

Morris Day & the Time is coming to the Fair on July 19. Morris Day got his start by performing with Prince in his first band, Grand Central. Prince wanted to create a band that represented his “alter ego.” This cool street wise band, in contrast to Prince’s soulful R&B sound, was a perfect fit for Morris Day. Day, whose fashion is inspired by his grandfather’s Zoot Suits, brings funk to life with “Get It Up,” “Cool” and “Girl.”

Country Music’s next big hit, Gloriana, is performing at the Fair on July 20. Gloriana’s authentic talent has propelled them to best-selling albums and chart topping hits since their debut in 2009. Now with the release of their second album, “A Thousand Miles Left Behind,” Gloriana hopes to touch their fans with relatable songs that tell stories.

“Gloriana,” their self-titled debut album, rose to No. 2 on the Billboard Country Album charts and No. 3 on the Top 200 chart spawning the gold-certified hit single “Wild at Heart.” Gloriana also won the fan voted-on American Music Award for Breakthrough Artist, as well as the “Nationwide on Your Side” honor at the CMT Awards. Some of their more popular hits include, “Wild at Heart,” “(Kissed You) Good Night,” “Can’t Shake You” and “Soldier Song.”

“Country music is a large part of our Fair,” said Alkhas. “Gloriana’s chart topping hits will be a great addition to our country music fans.”

The Latino music sensation El Coyote y su Banda with special guest Manuel Romero will close out the Fair July 21. El Coyote was born in the town of Coyotitán in Sinaloa, Mexico but was raised in Mexicali, Mexico the capital of Baja California. He is also a former member of La Original Banda Limón. Some of his top hits include, “Piquites de Hormiga,” “Arboles de la Barranca,” “Me Dicen El Coyote,” “Sufro,” “Cuando Regreso a Tus Brazos,” “Amor Pajarito,” “Te Soñe,” and “Para Impressionarte.” He was also part of Banda La Costeña.

Named one of "Silicon Valley's Most Influential Latinos" in Northern California’s "People's Choice Awards," Manuel Romero is well on his way to being one of the most compelling and significant musical forces in the new millennium. Having beaten out the majority of his opponents in NBC's "America's Got Talent," Romero rose to the top of the pack, as one of the top 20 competitors.



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