Fair Summer Concert Series lineup includes a range of acts

Whether you enjoy country, reggae, gospel or rock music, you'll find the nation's top entertainers in the San Diego County Fair Summer Concert Series on the Grandstand Stage.

Heroes of Woodstock

June 12; starting at 7:30 p.m.

It's the 40th anniversary of the most influential concert in music history, Woodstock.

Heroes of Woodstock: starring Jefferson Starship, Canned Heat, Melanie, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Tom Constanten of the Grateful Dead, hosted by Country Joe McDonald open the 2009 Summer Concert Series.

Free with Fair admission for unreserved seats. Limited reserved seating. Dinner package is available.

Jefferson Starship includes songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Paul Kantner and vocalist David Freiberg, both of whom founded Jefferson Starship. In 1965 Kantner formed Jefferson Airplane, which became Jefferson Starship in 1974. This group reigned as one of the most artistically and commercially successful rock groups for a decade. Since reforming in 1992, Jefferson Starship has performed more than 1,000 concerts in 21 countries.

Canned Heat was founded in 1966 and secured its niche in rock 'n' roll history with performances at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival and the headlining slot at the original Woodstock Festival. Their Top-40 country-blues-rock songs, "On The Road Again", "Let's Work Together", and "Going Up The Country" became rock anthems throughout the world.

Melanie wrote one of her biggest hits, "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" as an homage to the Woodstock experience. Among her other hits were "Peace Will Come (According to Plan)," and "Brand New Key."

Janis Joplin's original band, Big Brother & the Holding Co., was formed in San Francisco during the psychedelic music movement of the mid-1960s. Joplin debuted with Big Brother in 1966 and catapulted the band into the national spotlight. The band reunited in 1987 and since then, has traveled around Europe, appeared at large hippie festivals, large clubs and theaters. In 2006 the band released its first live recording since 1968's "Live At Winterland" with a new lead vocalist, Sophia Ramos.

Tom Constanten was the Grateful Dead's keyboard player from 1968-70. He met founding Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh at UC Berkeley, where both were studying music. He played keyboards on the band's albums "Anthem of the Sun," "Aoxomoxoa" and the "Live/Dead" live album.

The show will be hosted by Country Joe McDonald. McDonald was the leader of the band, Country Joe & the Fish, which had a huge hit with "I'm Fixin' To Die Rag," a protest song of the Vietnam War era. Its chorus, "One-Two-Three-Four, what are we fightin' for?" was sung at rallies across the country. Starting in 1982, Joe began actively working with and for Vietnam Veterans Against The War, Swords To Plowshares and Vietnam Veterans Of America to further the cause of the thousands of veterans who had become disenfranchised by the system's neglect.

This show is licensed by Woodstock Ventures Ltd. and is free with Fair admission for unreserved seats on the third and fifth levels.

Melissa Etheridge: Live and Alone

June 13; starting at 7:30 p.m.

Melissa Etheridge, a two-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, is a singer-songwriter whose music has been admired for nearly two decades. Always a Fair favorite, she returns to the Fair's Grandstand Stage for the third time.



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