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Concert lineup sure to heat up Fair nights
High Valley
Country duo High Valley will kickoff the Fair’s 2019 concert series on opening day, July 12.

The Stanislaus County Fair’s concert lineup has something for everyone, including Country stars, Jazz Rock legends, ‘90s-era favorites and sought-after Banda performers.

Country duo High Valley will kickoff the Fair’s 2019 concert series on opening day, July 12.

Growing up in La Crete, Alberta —more than 2,500 miles from where they now live in Music City —Brad and Curtis were completely cut off from the world of pop culture throughout their early lives. While their upbringing didn't exactly acquaint them with the Billboard 100, it’s that insulation that helped cement their musical ideals and love of simple, classic country, allowing High Valley’s music to feel simultaneously fresh and timeless.

High Valley learned to become skilled digital citizens, building an avid fan base that is actively involved in selecting the duo’s songs through the High Valley app and connecting with each other via social media. As a result, they have amassed more than 43 million song streams worldwide –including 22 million for first single “Make You Mine. Likewise, they are the first country act to broadcast live on Twitch.TV in the United States and their song “Young Forever” scored placement on EA Sports’ Madden NFL 17 Soundtrack.

The Rempel brothers have already scored six Top 10s, three Gold certifications, played to 15,000 seat arenas opening for Shania Twain and earned multiple awards show wins –including Canadian CMA Group of the Year.

 Incredible late ’60 s Jazz Rock band, Blood, Sweat, & Tears will be at the Fair on July 13.

Blood, sweat, tears
Incredible late ’60 s Jazz Rock band, Blood, Sweat, & Tears will be at the Fair on July 13.

“Blood, Sweat, and Tears will be a fun addition to the Fair this year,” said Adrenna Alkhas, spokesperson for the Stanislaus County Fair. “The beloved band’s spirit and liveliness has impacted many artists and on July 13th they will impact many fans.”

Blood, Sweat & Tears is not the first band to ever use a horn section, but they are the first to fuse it with rock, jazz and some blues thrown in for good measure. From the first ensemble in the late sixties practicing in a loft on Bleeker Street in New York’s Greenwich Village and having crowds clapping on the street below between songs, founding member and drummer Bobby Colomby knew they were on the right course.

Since then, the band hasn’t stopped touring — for over 50 years. Blood Sweat & Tears has received 10 Grammy nominations and won three, among many other awards.

Ulices Chaidez will bring a fresh new face and sound to Turlock on July 14.

This trio of new generation Mexican Regional corrido and banda trio is led by the teenage singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Chaidez.

The band hails from Navolato Sinaloa, and its name is an homage to one of Chaidez's heroes, the late Airel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho. Chaidez has been playing music since he was six. Besides guitar, he plays fife, bass, and drums, and is studying accordion and violin.

No need to “Die From a Broken Heart” as Maddie & Tae will bring their brand of country to town on July 15.

Maddie & Tae
Maddie & Tae will bring their brand of country to town on July 15.

“We are excited to have this sensational young female country duo at our fair this year,” said Alkhas. “They have amazing hits that I know our guests are going to love!”

Maddie & Tae became only the third female duo in 70 years to top the country airplay charts, also earning trophies from the Country Music Academy and Radio Disney Music Awards along with multiple Academy of Country Music, CMA and Country Music Television Award nominations. Most recently, the platinum selling duo released their new co-written single, “Friends Don’t,” for their upcoming album to be announced on Mercury Nashville.

One of the best-selling American girl-groups of all-time, TLC, will be at the Fair on July 16.

The characters, TLC, merely hint at the talent of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. Their journey encompasses immortal anthems such as “Waterfalls,” “Creep,” “No Scrubs,” and “Unpretty,” to name a few, as well as sales of 70 million records worldwide, four GRAMMY Awards, two RIAA diamond-certified albums among a total of four multiplatinum albums, 10 Top 10 singles, and four Number 1 singles.

Amazing country artist Clay Walker will perform at the Fair on July 17.

“We are very excited to announce Clay Walker for our 2019 lineup,” said  Alkhas. “Clay Walker performed at the Stanislaus County Fair back in 2011 and is sure to be a crowd-pleasing hit for country music fans during our 10-nights of free celebrity concerts.”

Clay Walker has been highly successful in his career. Even 17 years after his first hit, “What’s It To You,” Clay released four platinum albums, two certified gold albums and 11 No. 1 singles. Walker’s motivation is inspired by the experiences he has faced throughout his life. For example, his bar-playing band experience aided in the making of the song “She Won’t Be Lonely Long.” In addition, Walker’s single, “Double Shot of John Wayne” reflects living each day by strength and perseverance. Walker has had to find this strength after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at the age of 26. His heroic passion for finding a cure for MS with his charity organization, Band Against MS, stems from his diagnosis in 1996. Though his MS is now contained by medication, he carries the fight to find a cure for all battling MS by the grace of his organization.

Timeless essence of southern country rock music is coming to the Stanislaus County Fair on July 18 when The Marshall Tucker Band rolls into town.

Still led today by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray, The Marshall Tucker Band represents a time and place in music that will never be duplicated. Gray is quick to credit the band's current dynamic members with carrying on the timeless essence of The Marshall Tucker Band sound. With hit singles like "Heard It In a Love Song," "Fire On The Mountain," "Can't You See," and "Take The Highway," The Marshall Tucker Band earned seven gold and three platinum albums while they were on the Capricorn Records label.

Get ready for some MAGIC! at the Stanislaus County Fair on July 19.

MAGIC! is a Toronto-bred, Los Angeles based quartet who scored the song of the summer, “Rude” – a buoyant reggae-pop tune that held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks, charted in 41 countries, sold more than ten million singles, racked up over 500 million streams and boasts over 1.3 Billion views on VEVO.

Boy band mania is coming to the Fair on July 20 with iconic pop and contemporary R&B group 98° Degrees.

98 degrees
Boy band mania is coming to the Fair on July 20 with iconic pop and contemporary R&B group 98 Degrees.

“It’s always wonderful to have a talented group such as 98° Degrees come to our Fair,” said Alkhas. “Guests will feel their passion and the iconic band will take them on a memorable journey of songs from the late ‘90s and early 2000s.” 

In five short years — from 1997 to 2002 — the Pop & Contemporary R&B vocal group,  98° Degrees sold a staggering 10 million records, scored a chart-topping single, “Thank God I Found You,” with Mariah Carey and Joe, and collaborated with their collective idol, Stevie Wonder, on “True to Your Heart,” for the 1998 animated Disney film, Mulan.

The Stanislaus County Fair concert series will end with Roberto Tapia on July 21.

Tapia was born in San Diego, California but grew up in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. He started singing and performing at a very young age. At the age of nine he studied music and learned to play various instruments such as clarinet, tambora drum and guitar. Tapia adopted the regional Mexican genre and today he stands out as a Banda performer with his own special style, becoming one of the most sought-after exponents of the genre.