County Fair Announces 2015 Concerts

Music fans have a lot to look forward to this year at the San Diego County Fair.

San Diegans will be crafting musical memories at the county fair this year, thanks to what officials have dubbed A Fair to Remember.

County music star Gary Allan will kick off the year's Toyota Summer Concert Series with a show on the Heineken Grandstand Stage on June 6. Barreling down the pipe will be Grammy winner Peter Frampton, who will be joined by platinum-selling stars Cheap Trick on June 10; pop tart Christina Perri a week later; then San Diego's own Grammy recipients, Switchfoot, on June. 19. Classic-rock gods Kansas blow in on July 3, while Texas’ Norteno act Grupo Intocable are set for June 21, "X-Factor" girl-group Fifth Harmony takes the stage June 23, country quartet Little Big Town are on the next night, Latin-music stars Espinosa Paz is slated for June 28, and Julion Alvaraz will close out the series on July 5.

That's not all, though: the Paddock Series features a fair amount of household names, too, including psychedelic rockers Iron Butterfly of "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida" fame on June 17, singer/songwriter Andy Grammer on June 23, as well as the Southern rockers of the Marshall Tucker Band on June 30 and Tanya Tucker -- no relation -- the next night, with the Average White Band, the last musical memory at the Paddock this year, performing on July 2.

The fair runs from June 5 to July 5 this year, and will be closed on Mondays and the first two Tuesdays. All the grandstand shows begin at 7:30 p.m. While most of the concerts are free with admission to the fair ($15 for adults; $8 for ages 6-12, and 62 and older; free for ages 5 and younger), some -- including Frampton and Cheap Trick, and Little Big Town -- will cost music fans extra. 

Officials with the fair said grandstand tickets will go on sale March 14, with something new, the Paddock VIP Concert & Cocktail Experience, featuring party tickets to the Red Star Cafe overlooking the Paddock, available March 28.

 Fair-goers last year were treated to shows by onetime arena rockers like Huey Lewis & the News, America (on the 4th of July), Hootie & the Blowfish and REO Speedwagon; plus R&B superstar Smokey Robinson; reggae toaster Matisyahu; Latin-music star Voz Demando; and the King of the Accordion, Ramon Ayala. 

Click HERE for a full rundown of the season’s performers and dates. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster and at the fairgrounds' Durante Gate Box Office
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