Issue 22pulse

Stanislaus County Fair’s Rhinestones and Red High Heels

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by Anne Marie H. Bergthold

No summer is complete without taking a ride on the Ferris wheel, sampling deep-fried desserts and going to concerts. This July, the Stanislaus County Fair will once again include concerts spanning a wide range of musical genres.

“The Fair has 10 days of full entertainment on multiple stages,” said Adrenna Alkhas, spokesperson for the Stanislaus County Fair. “From country to pop and rock ’n’ roll, we really try to do our best to bring in that wide range of musical interests.”

This year’s lineup includes Grammy winners and the first female rap crew. The fair will also feature both legends and fresh faces of the country music scene. All concerts are free with the price of fair admission—even the biggest hits, like Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.”

“Rachel Platten is an up-and-coming sensation with music that connects the audience through her inspirational messages,” said Alkhas. “She will bring a whole new performance dynamic that will captivate the audience.”

Any list of the artists who have influenced the evolution of the hip-hop genre would be incomplete without Salt-N-Pepa. Their instantly-recognizable hits include “Push It” and “Whatta Man.”

“Salt-N-Pepa led the way for many female hip-hop artists in the industry,” said Alkhas. “The concert will showcase empowerment, while also getting the audience up on their feet singing along to their hits.”

And Parmalee is no stranger to rising high in the charts, either. Their unique country rock sound, which can be heard in such hits as “Carolina” and “Close Your Eyes,” combines traditional country with southern rock and bluegrass.

“Parmalee is an amazing country group,” said Alkhas. “I know that they will put on a fantastic show.”

When it comes to fantastic shows, musical icon Chaka Khan is coming to perform, with 22 Grammy nominations and 10 Grammy awards to her name. Longtime fans will be happy to learn that the concert will be fierce with a high-energy performance bringing all her loved songs.

Rhinestone-bedazzled Dwight Yoakam will be bringing his honky-tonk show to the fair this year. Listeners first heard his distinctive Kentucky croon in 1985. He has since released 21 albums and reached over 25 million in sales worldwide.

“Dwight Yoakam is a legendary country performer,” said Alkhas. “We know this will be a performance fans will be raving about for years to come.”

And last but not least, returning to the fair with her “Red High Heels” is country music darling Kellie Pickler. Alkhas promised that Pickler is a talented and charismatic performer who wins everyone’s hearts.

“We are extremely excited to have her back performing at the fair,” said Alkhas.


Additional concerts have yet to be announced. For more information, go to


Rachel Platten
Friday, July 8
Chaka Khan
Wednesday, July 13
Salt-N-Pepa with DJ Spinderella
Monday, July 11
Dwight Yoakam
Thursday, July 14
Tuesday, July 12
Kellie Pickler
Friday, July 15
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