San Mateo Co Fair Entertainment

FAIR “MAIN STAGE” ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

The San Mateo County Fair begins Saturday, June 11th, with a FREE Admission until 11am for a Disaster Preparedness Promotion. Learn how to prepare your family for any possible future disaster and what to do “just in case”.
As always, admission to the County Fair includes all concerts and musical performances, including those on the Main Stage. There is so much to see at this year’s fair, it keeps growing and growing every year it gets larger. Visit the Fair’s website – San Mateo Fair for more details and learn about all of the great fun you can have at the San Mateo County Fair 2011.

Main Stage Artists

Air SupplyIt is quiet and still in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. At Woodland Magic, his home studio high on a ridge near Park City, Graham Russell, along with his music partner Russell Hitchcock, is hard at work on the new Air Supply album. Of course, “work” may be too dreary a term; for Graham and Russell, making music is nothing less than pure joy, and has been for over a quarter century. Best known for their towering love ballads, Graham and Russell are the first to point out that with every album, Air Supply seeks to break new musical ground. That is certainly, and strikingly, true on their new Reprise Records release Yours Truly.
Air Supply
In 1954, at a high school party in Detroit, StubbsFakirBenson and Payton were urged by partygoers to provide some impromptu entertainment. The synergy was obvious, immediate and strong. The quartet decided to start performing, and called themselves The Four Aims (Aiming for the Top). The group’s popularity grew as they performed at small clubs all over Detroit, honing their act while singing jazz and standards. So as not to be confused with the Ames Brothers, The Four Aims changed the name of their group to the Four Tops and recorded their first single, “Kiss Me Baby,” with Chess Records in 1956.
WARSinger/keyboardist, Lonnie Jordan is best known as a founding member of WAR. One of the most popular funk groups of the ’70s, WAR were also one of the most eclectic, freely melding soul, Latin, jazz, blues, reggae, and rock influences into an effortlessly funky whole. Although WAR’s lyrics were sometimes political in nature (in keeping with their racially integrated lineup), their music almost always had a sunny, laid-back vibe emblematic of their Southern California roots. WAR kept the groove loose, and they were given over to extended jamming — in fact, many of their studio songs were edited together out of longer improvisations. Even if the jams sometimes got indulgent, they demonstrated WAR’S truly group-minded approach: no one soloist or vocalist really stood above the others (even though all were clearly talented), and their grooving interplay placed WAR in the top echelon of funk ensembles.
Tower of PowerAlways inspired by soul and R&B music, Tower of Power formed in the Oakland area of California in 1968. The ten-member Tower of Power’s first album was the 1970 release, EAST BAY GREASE for Bill Graham’s San Francisco Records. The group’s hits included “What Is Hip?” (1973), “You’re Still A Young Man” (1972), “Soul Vaccination” (1973), “Don’t Change Horses (In the Middle Of the Stream)” (1974) and “So Very Hard to Go” (1973). The group continues to play 200 dates all over the world, every year. When not on the road, Tower of Power’s horn section guests on albums for quite a range of other artists, including recordings for Elton John, Phish, Rod Stewart, Neil Diamond, Aerosmith, Little Feat, Smokey Robinson, Bonnie Raitt, and David Sanborn.
Grand Funk RailroadOriginating from Flint, Michigan in 1969, this top selling American rock group of the ’70s is “COMIN’ TO YOUR TOWN TO HELP YOU PARTY IT DOWN.”  Grand Funk Railroad is extremely excited to be touring in 2011 marking a 42-year milestone. After playing to millions of fans on the band’s tours from 1996 to 2010, Grand Funk’s 2011 Tour will continue to reach both new and long-time fans.Known as “The American Band,” the high-energy five-piece group will play forty shows all over the USA this year. Grand Funk Railroad includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multi-million selling hit, We’re An American Band) and bassist Mel Schacher, “The God Of Thunder.” Joining Don and Mel are true “All Stars.” Singer Max Carl is a rock veteran from 38 Special. Max penned and sang 38’s biggest hit Second Chance and was co-founder of California’s legendary Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. Don refers to Max as “the best blue-eyed soul singer on the planet.” Lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS and also has credits with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf and Billy Squier. (KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were influenced early on by Grand Funk.) Keyboardist Tim Cashion has a master’s degree in music from the University of Miami. Affectionately called “Dr. Tim,” his credits include stints with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and English soul man Robert Palmer.
Pablo CruiseThirty years ago, in 1975, Pablo Cruise released its first A&M album simply entitled Pablo Cruise. The album cover was shot in the tropical gardens of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and it featured a huge gorilla standing front and center. The band, David Jenkins (guitars & vocals), Cory Lerios (keyboards & vocals), Steve Price (drums) & Bud Cockrell (bass & vocals) was nowhere in sight. At  that point there was a bit of a mystique as to who Pablo Cruise really was. When asked, “who’s Pablo,”the band, which is a quartet, would answer, “he’s the guy in the middle.” When asked what Pablo Cruise meant, the well-rehearsed answer went something like this, “Pablo represents an honest, real, down to earth individual; and Cruise, depicts his fun loving, easy going attitude towards life.” In essence that’s what Pablo Cruise’s music is all about – honest, real, down-to-earth vocals, accompanied by fun, yet elegant and infectious grooves. To hear Pablo Cruise on record is one thing, but to experience the band live is an exhilarating event.
By Nolan Apostle
Producer, Editor and Photographer
Event City Premier Magazine
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