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For Immediate Release
March 23, 2015

Headliner Concerts Unveiled for Marin County Fair

It’ll be ‘ON WITH THE SHOW!’ July 1-5 in San Rafael

San Rafael, CA – Renowned for presenting world-class music, the Marin County Fair once again announces a stellar lineup of top bands every night of the fair July 1-5, all of them free with the price of admission.

The four members of the rock band Pablo Cruise
Pablo Cruise

The 2015 fair’s daily headline entertainment offers fairgoers a wide range of musical genres and bands that always have audiences up on their feet at the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael. The fair’s one-price admission also includes exhibits, other entertainment, nightly fireworks and 28 free carnival rides. 

Here is the concert lineup:

Wednesday, July 1, 7:30 p.m.

Kansas, the legendary rock group, produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of Kansas), one platinum live album (Two for the Show), and a million-selling gold single, “Dust in the Wind.” “Carry On Wayward Son” remains one of the most played tracks on classic rock radio.      

Thursday, July 2, 7:30 p.m.

Tribal Seeds is San Diego-based reggae band with unmatched musical talent known for spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibes infused with the roots style of reggae music. They have toured with the likes of the Dave Matthews Band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Steel Pulse, and the Wailers.

Friday, July 3, 7:30 p.m.

The Marshall Tucker Band is a quintessential Southern rock band combining rock, country, and jazz. With hit singles such “Heard it in a Love Song,” “Can’t You See,” and “Take the Highway,” the band earned seven gold and three platinum albums. Bay Area fans will know their hit song “Fire On The Mountain” as the at-bat song for San Francisco Giants pitching ace Madison Bumgarner.

Saturday, July 4, 3 p.m.

Queen Nation carries on the musical torch from the classic British rock band Queen and pays homage to the band’s golden age with flamboyant vocalist Freddie Mercury, preserving the image, sound, and stage presence of the original legends. Audiences love revered Queen songs such as “We Will Rock You,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Under Pressure,” and more.                                               

Saturday, July 4, 7:30 p.m.

Pablo Cruise, a Bay Area favorite with strong Marin ties, will have audiences on their feet with the hit single “Whatcha Gonna Do?” and “Love Will Find a Way”, “Don’t Want to Live Without It,” “I Want You Tonight,” and “Cool Love.” To hear Pablo Cruise on record is one thing, but to experience the band live on their home turf will be an extraordinary event.

Sunday, July 5, 3 p.m.

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. She’ll be performing at the Fair with The Passenger String Quartet.                              

Sunday, July 5, 7:30 p.m.

Aaron Neville, one of America’s most beloved R&B singers with a gorgeous vocal range, has had four platinum-certified albums and four Top 10 hits in the United States, including three that went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart. His debut single “Tell It Like It Is” from 1966, was No. 1 on the Soul chart for five weeks and has been included in the Grammy Hall of Fame collection for 2015. Of mixed African American and Native American heritage, his music also features Cajun and Creole influences.

Reserved concert admission is $50 per person and includes reserved seating in a special section.

Fair admission (concerts included) are:

Ages 13–64: $20 at gate, $15 in advance online

Seniors 65+: $15 at gate, $12 in advance online

Children 4–12: $15 at gate, $12 in advance online

Children under 4: FREE

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Gabriella C. Calicchio
Department of Cultural Services

Marin Center
10 Avenue of the Flags
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6400
Email: Gabriella C. Calicchio
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