The 2015 San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is once again playing host to a variety of musical acts this summer. Acts range from nationally recognized stars like Little Big Town and Colbie Caillat to local acts like singer/songwriter Savannah Philyaw and rock band Dropjoy.
There are also several tribute bands performing including the all female tribute to Iron Maiden, The Iron Maidens, and the only Johnny Cash tribute band officially recognized by the Cash family, Cash’d Out.
The ever popular 11th Annual Gospel Fest will be held on Saturday, June 27th. The festival features Donald Lawrence and Tamela Mann on the Heineken Grandstand Stage at 7 P.M. In addition various gospel acts will be held all day at all of the stages throughout the fair.
Opening weekend features 70’s disco favorite, KC and the Sunshine Band on Friday, a Bluegrass festival on Saturday, June 6th and country star, Gary Allan.
Every Thursday treat yourself to some golden oldies from the Solid Gold concert series. Artists include, Vicki Carr whose hits include “It Must Be Him,” “Pen In Hand” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” Vicki performs on June 11th. Other solid gold performers include Tony Orlando on June 18th, Judy Collins on July 2nd, and a tribute to Frank, Sammy, and Dean, The Las Vegas Rat Pack, on June 25th. All shows in the Solid Gold series start at 1 P.M. on the San Diego Showcase Stage.
On Fridays enjoy the comedy stylings of Sammy Obeid, Andrew Norelli, Frank Lucero, James P. Connoly, Eric Schwartz, Vargus Mason, Dwayne Perkins, and Karen Rontowski. All shows begin at 9 P.M. in the Turf Club and are hosted by Jason Love.
You can really get up close and personal with some of your favorite musicians and bands at the Paddock Concert Series. The Paddock Concert Series features nationally known artists and tribute bands performing in one of the Fair’s most intimate settings. All concerts begin at 9 P.M. Set to perform in the series are Kaylin and Miles, saxophonist, Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers, blues guitar great The Robert Cray Band, and classic rock legend Iron Butterfly. Other popular acts in the series include, Three Dog Night, Tanya Tucker and The Marshall Tucker Band.
The Rock On Series is mostly tribute bands and begins nightly at 9 P.M. Bands include the aforementioned Iron Maidens, Matchbox TwentyToo, Billy Idolized, and Wicked Garden, a tribute to Stone Temple Pilot. The Rock On Series is also host to original music, including new comer and winner of San Diego Music Award for best new artist in 2014, Cody Lovaas.
Below is a complete schedule for the Heineken Grandstand Stage. Most concerts are free with fair admission but also have reserved seating available for an additional cost. A few of the concerts have additional admission costs. All shows start at 7:30 unless otherwise noted.
June 5 – KC and the Sunshine Band
June 6 – Gary Allan
June 7 – Banda MS
June 10 – Cheap Trick and Peter Frampton
June 11 – The Fab Four
June 12 – Terry Fator
June 13 – Colbie Caillat
June 14 – Los Tigres Del Norte
June 17 – Christina Perri
June 18 – Greg Allman
June 19 – Switchfoot 7:15
June 20 – Clare Bowen and Charles Esten
June 21 – Grupo Intocale
June 23 – Fifth Harmony
June 24 – Little Big Town
June 25 – Spirit West Coast – Early 5:30 show
June 26 – Charlie Wilson
June 27 – Gospel Festival
June 28 – Espinoza Paz
June 30 – Austin Mahone
July 1 – Voz del Mando
July 2 – Digifest
July 3 – Kansas
July 4 – Dana Carvey
July 5 – Calibra 50 and Banda Carnaval