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Ann Wilson of Heart

Friday, June 30, 7:30 pm.

As a songwriter and lyricist, Ann Wilson has created a truly impressive body of work (“Crazy on You,” “Barracuda,” “Magic Man,” “Dog & Butterfly,” “Straight On,” “Even it Up,” “Mistral Wind,” and many, many more). However, her greatest gift, and first “calling” is singing. Her voice is considered to be among the best ever, with its vast range, amazing power and sheer musicality. It has inspired legions of great singers, across every genre of music. Witness the number of times “Alone” has been performed on American Idol! Ever since Dreamboat Annie, Ann has been performing with her equally talented sister, Nancy Wilson, as Heart, thrilling hundreds of thousands of concert fans annually. Now it's time for Ann to do something she's always dreamed of, and stretch out as a singer performing things not in the heart-shaped box.

Ann Wilson

Willie K

Saturday, July 1, 3:00 pm.

Bring your aloha spirit and join us for one of Hawaii’s most versatile talents, Willie K, an amazing guitar virtuoso who’s been referred to as the Hawaiian Jimi Hendrix. Floating between beautiful Hawaiian music on the ukulele and sweet slack key guitar, to searing stratocaster-inspired rock music and smooth jazz, he truly is one of “da kine.” Born Willie Kahaialii and known affectionately as Uncle Willie in the islands—he has built a reputation as one of the foremost practitioners of native Hawaiian music over the years.

Willie K

The 5TH Dimension

Saturday, July 1, 7:30 pm.

One of America’s most celebrated vocal groups, THE 5TH DIMENSION leave crowds wanting more from their amazing treasure trove of hits. Garnering 7 Grammys, over 25 million in sales, 22 Top 40 hits, 5 No. 1 songs (including the mega hit, “Up, Up and Away,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” One Less Bell to Answer,” “Last Night I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All” and the iconic “Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In,”). THE 5TH DIMENSION is in the Grammy Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has endeared millions of fans to its champagne soul sound. With her vocal prowess and stunning stage presence, lead-singer Florence LaRue is one of entertainment’s classiest performers who rose to fame from her humble beginnings in Glenside, PA., to become a super star.

The 5th Dimension

The Liberators

Sunday, July 2, 3:00 pm.

In the 1980s and ‘90s, journalist Paul Liberatore’s band, the Liberators, performed at the Marin County Fair—several times on small stages and, finally, as the opening act for Clarence Clemons and his Red Bank Rockers on the Fair’s main stage. Liberatore revived the band in 2014 with guitarist-singer Jimmy Dillon, keyboardist-singer Austin deLone, drummer Kevin Hayes and bassist Erik McCann. The musicians continued to play occasionally, including gigs at Rancho Nicasio, Sweetwater Music Hall and other venues. With the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, Liberatore and Dillon began putting together multi-media show celebrating what became known worldwide in 1967 as the San Francisco Sound. Fairgoers will hear contemporary interpretations of classic songs by the Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and other bands from the psychedelic era.

The Liberators

The Commodores

Sunday, July 2, 7:30 pm.

For three decades, the Commodores have remained a force in the music industry. “The Legends of Motown,” “Hit, After Hit, After Hit,” “Grammy Award Winners,” “All The Emotion, All the Excitement,” “If You Haven’t Seen Them Live, You Haven’t Heard The Commodores.” The Commodores aren’t just any group. They have staying power. Just like their hit song “Brick House,” the Commodores have created a foundation that just won’t budge. After churning out hit after hit in the Motown days, the Commodores still hadn’t achieved Grammy recognition. This wasn’t to be until 1986, without Lionel Richie, when the Commodores released “Night Shift.” In 1968 the group was formed while all the members were in college at Tuskeegee Institute. After being discovered by Berry Gordy, the Commodores went on to sell over 60 million records for Motown. With hits like “Machine Gun” and “Sail On”, the Commodores became proven artists. They proved it then. They proved it in 1986 with “Night Shift,” and now they are ready to prove it again.

The Commodores

UB40

Monday, July 3, 7:30 pm.

As original members of UB40, Ali Campbell, Mickey Virtue and Astro helped to define reggae music for a generation. The multi-racial band, formed in 1979 in the Birmingham suburb of Moseley, pooled a diverse set of influences to put a fresh, indigenous slant on Jamaican reggae. After encouragement from Chrissie Hynde, who offered them support slots with her chart-topping band The Pretenders, they recorded their independently released debut album, Signing Off, on an eight-track tape machine in the home of producer Bob Lamb. An unexpected number two album, it gave them the conviction to chart their own course. UB40 went on to dominate charts around the world, not least with the hugely successful Labour Of Love series. The first Labour Of Love album, in 1983, yielded a cover of Neil Diamond’s “Red Red Wine” that topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The band secured two further chart-topping singles at home in “(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You” (also another US number one) and “I Got You Babe,” a duet between Ali and the band’s old friend Chrissie Hynde.

UB40

Sons of Champlin

Tuesday, July 4, 3:00 pm.

The Sons of Champlin started in 1965 in Marin County rising from the wreckage of the Opposite Six, a locally popular R&B band from the pre-Beatle era. “Six” members, Bill Champlin and Tim Cain, added Terry Haggerty and the first of a series of drummers and bass players. The new band was named for the “front” man, Bill Champlin. The Sons’ first record release, on Verve Records, was a single called “Sing Me A Rainbow.” In 1967 the Sons of Champlin became a seven-piece band, adding a trumpet and more importantly, Geoff Palmer on keyboards, alto sax, and vibraphone. By this time the San Francisco scene included the Fillmore and Avalon ballrooms, and as the Sons joined that rock circuit, they earned a reputation as a group of R&B and jazz musicians far above the caliber of the electrified folk-rockers who formed the core of the scene. Not only did the Sons boast a horn section, their philosophical themes, R&B and jazz tempos and arrangements were far ahead of any in rock music, and set the Sons apart from the guitar-dominated bands playing the San Francisco ballrooms.

Sons of Champlin

The Happy Together Tour

Tuesday, July 4, 7:30 pm.

Get ready for summer, when The Happy Together Tour comes to Marin performing the biggest hits of the era. The tour includes six headline artists with fifty-three Billboard hits amongst them. The incomparable lineup includes hosts, The Turtles Featuring Flo & Eddie, The Association, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, The Box Tops, The Cowsills and The Archies starring Ron Dante. The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie are the signature headliners of the Happy Together tour and act as the musical hosts with their crazy antics, satire and boatload of hits led by vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, known as Flo & Eddie. The Turtles have sold over 40 million records worldwide. Their hits include: “Happy Together,” “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “Elenore,” “It Ain’t Me Babe” and “You Showed Me.”

The Happy Together Tour