Free fair concerts include Village People, Lee Greenwood

Lee Greenwood

The San Diego County Fair’s free concert series will include performances by the Village People, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall and Lee Greenwood.

The Paddock Concert Series offers weeknight concerts that are free with fair admission. There will be 10 concerts in June and July. All concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are held on the Paddock Stage.

The series will begin with a performance by Refugee, a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band, on Wednesday, June 6. Formed in 2017 by six seasoned New York musicians who love Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the band plays tribute to the late Tom Petty.

The Village People, featuring Victor Willis, will perform on Thursday, June 7. The Village People have been making music for 40 years with hits like “YMCA” and “Macho Man.” Willis, the original lead singer, has returned to the role for the group’s 40th anniversary.

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall will perform on Wednesday, June 13. Alpert rose to fame as a solo artist and as the leader of the Tijuana Brass, has sold over 72 million records and has nine Grammy awards. He is also one of the founders of A&M records, which was one of the largest independent record companies in the world, according to his bio.

Hall made her name as the lead singer of Sergio Mendes’ group, Brasil ’66, singing lead on songs like “Mas Que Nada,” “Fool on the Hill, “Day Tripper” and more. She also sang the title song for the 1983 James Bond film “Never Say Never Again.”

The series continues with the New York Bee Gees, performing on Thursday, June 14. Composed of several musicians from Long Island, the band includes several members or former members of acts including The Alan Parsons Project, Happy Together Tour, Meatloaf, Blue Oyster Cult, Riot and more, according to the band’s biography.

Fuerza de Tijuana will perform on Wednesday, June 20. This group has been playing Mexican regional music for more than seven years, including hits like “Soy el mismo,” “Voy a pasarla muy bien” and “El Americano.”

Michael Jackson tribute band “Who’s Bad” will perform on Thursday, June 21. This is the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band and the only one that predates Jackson’s death, according to the band’s biography.

Banda Machos, a Mexican band originally from Villa Corona in the state of Jalisco, will perform on Wednesday, June 27. The band has been together for more than 26 and has recorded over 22 albums. It sings a combination of Banda music, Quebradita and Ranchera.

Blues musicians Jason James will perform on Thursday, June 28. He has opened for a number of well-known musicians, including J. Geils, Rick Derringer, Eddy Clearwater, Roomful of Blues, Big Jack Johnson Ronnie Earl, Bill Kitchen and Taylor Dayne. He has also worked with Jerry Lee Lewis and played guitar for Bo Diddley.

Tito Jackson joins B.B. King’s Blues Band for a performance on Tuesday, July 3. The group will perform songs from the late blues musician, including “The Thrill is Gone,” “Every Day I Have the Blues” and “Why I Sing the Blues.”

The series will conclude with country music icon Lee Greenwood, performing on Wednesday, July 4. Greenwood has more than 30 albums to his name and many chart-topping singles and hits, including “It Turns Me Inside Out” and “I Don’t Mind the Thorns if You’re the Rose.” He is also known for writing “God Bless the USA,” which has been voted the most recognizable patriotic song in the United States, according to his bio.

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