Stanislaus County Fair officials have had to make a last minute change to the entertainment lineup as Chaka Khan canceled the remainder of her tour dates in July.
Replacing Chaka Khan on the Bud Light Variety Free Stage will be Jody Wately and Shalamar. The performance is set for 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. All concerts are included in the fair admission.
Representatives for Chaka Khan announced that she has entered an addiction rehabilitation and aftercare program which will cause her to postpone all dates scheduled for the month of July. Khan has struggled with a dependence on prescription pain medications and has voluntarily entered the program to get healthy and stay that way, according to her representatives.
“We are extremely disappointed Chaka Khan cancelled because we knew how much the community was looking forward to it, yet at the same time we wish her the best in her health and full recovery.” said Adrenna Alkhas, spokesperson for the Stanislaus County Fair. “We are very excited to announce that Jody Wately and Shalamar will be replacing her. They will bring a high energy performance that our guests will love.”
Wately began her rise to fame at the age of 14 on the hit television show “Soul Train,” where she ranked as one of the most popular dancers. She was selected to join the R&B group Shalamar and during her tenure they released several albums and singles including "Dead Giveaway" and "A Night To Remember." Wately left the band in 1983 and a few years later launched her solo career with her self-titled album, which included the hit "Looking for a New Love." The album produced several hits on the dance and R7B charts and earned Wately a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1988. Other hits for Wately include “Real Love,” “Don’t You Want Me,” and “Friends.”
Wately will be joined on stage by the reloaded Shalamar, featuring Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy.
The fair will be open through July 17 with new performers each night.