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For Immediate Release
March 11, 2019

Headliner Concerts Unveiled for Marin County Fair

You’ll be ‘Over the Moon’ about the lineup for July 4-7

San Rafael, CA – Renowned for presenting world-class music every year, the Marin County Fair has lined up a stellar showcase of bands for each day of the 2019 event, scheduled for July 3-7 at the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael.

Dwight YoakamDwight Yoakam is playing the opening night of the fair, at 7:30 p.m. July 3, at the fairgrounds in San Rafael.
The evening headliners are Dwight Yoakam, ABBA The Concert, Steel Pulse, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, and Cheap Trick. Mid-afternoon headliners are The Distractions (an Elvis Costello tribute), and Mariachi Divas. All concerts are free with the price of fair admission.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 15. See ticket details below.

Concert lineup:

Wednesday, July 3, 7:30 p.m. – Dwight Yoakam

Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide. The multiple Grammy Award winner has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multiplatinum albums, with five of those topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart and another 14 landing in the Top 10. Nearly 40 of his singles have charted on Billboard, with 14 peaking in the Top 10. He is also the recipient of the Artist of the Year award from the Americana Music Association, the most prestigious award offered by the organization.

Thursday, July 4, 7:30 p.m. – ABBA The Concert

ABBA The Concert continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world, bringing striking authenticity to Sweden’s most famous pop music export. They play the most iconic hits from ABBA, including “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme,” and “Dancing Queen.” It may be the closest you’ll ever get to this 1970s pop phenomenon.

Thursday, July 4, 3 p.m. – The Distractions

The Distractions are a tribute to the one and only Elvis Costello. Combining the early raw punk energy of Costello’s first band, The Attractions, with the refinement of his more current support from The Imposters, The Distractions stick to record-accurate tone and put on a show any Costello fanatic is sure to love. The song list spans Costello’s 40-plus-year career, so there are enough hits and fan favorites to go around.

Friday, July 5, 7:30 p.m. – Steel Pulse

These reggae legends from Birmingham, England, emerged in the late-1970s with musical vengeance to halt the disarray of humanity and nurture the fellowship of mankind. As reggae revolutionaries, Steel Pulse was the first non-Jamaican group to win a Grammy award for Best Reggae Album. The band is revered by the younger generation of artists and remains a powerhouse on stages around the globe. The forthcoming album, Mass Manipulation, is set for a spring release and will feature the debut single, “Stop You Coming And Come.”

Saturday, July 6, 7:30 p.m.– Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she became a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 2015, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics "Bad Reputation," "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," "I Hate Myself For Loving You," and "Crimson and Clover." Jett’s independent label Blackheart Records is one of the longest running indie labels and continues to give voice to new bands.

Sunday, July 7, 7:30 p.m.– Cheap Trick

With over 5,000 performances spanning four decades and 20 million records sold worldwide, Cheap Trick is undoubtedly one of the most influential classic rock groups of the past 50 years. The band, inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, was formed in 1974 in Rockford, Illinois. Its hits such, including the iconic “I Want You To Want Me,” “Dream Police,” and “Surrender,” cemented the group as one of America’s top rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time.

Sunday, July 7, 3 p.m.– Mariachi Divas

Founded in 1999 by trumpet player Cindy Shea, the two-time Grammy winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea is a multicultural, all-female ensemble that continues to push and expand the scope of mariachi music. Since 2003, Mariachi Divas has been the official mariachi of the Disneyland Resort, where they entertain audiences of all ages year-round. Mariachi Divas and their music can be found in films, music videos, movie soundtracks, and even Hallmark greeting cards.


Best ticket prices!

Buy general admission fair tickets early for the best prices. The first 5,000 tickets purchased online will be discounted with no service fees. Those prices are:

  • Adults 1964: $12
  • Teens 1318: $12
  • Children 4–12: $10 (free admission July 3)
  • Military veterans with ID: $10
  • Seniors 65-over: $10
  • Active-duty military: Free

Ticket prices at the gate during the fair:

  • Adults 1364: $20
  • Teens 13–18: $20
  • Children 4–12: $15 (free admission July 3)
  • Military veterans with ID: $15
  • Seniors 65-over: $15
  • Children under 4: Free
  • Active-duty military: Free

Gold Circle concert admission is $60 per person and includes reserved seating in a special section. No discounts apply.

Individuals with a disability and unable to obtain tickets online may contact the box office for assistance at 415-473-6800. Tickets will be mailed or available at the will call window at the fairgrounds.

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Libby Garrison
Marketing and Communications Director
Department of Cultural Services

Marin Center
10 Avenue of the Flags
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6014
Email: Libby Garrison
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