Grandstand Stage lineup set for San Diego County Fair in Del Mar

Popular country group Lady Antebellum and up-and-coming pop star Rachel Platten are among the acts that will take the Grandstand Stage during this summer’s San Diego County Fair.

Grammy Award-winning Lady Antebellum will help open the fair with a June 5 show on opening weekend. The board of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which manages the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds, approved the $300,000 contract for the country music group at the Feb. 9 meeting.

The board approved a number of other contracts with a list of performers at its March 8 meeting.

San Diego-based alternative rock band Switchfoot is back and will rock the fair opening day. Platten will take the stage June 8.

Other performers include pop singer Michael McDonald on June 10, Latin singer Espinoza Paz on June 12, alternative rock band X Ambassadors on June 15, rock band 3 Doors Down on June 16, Latin singer Roberto Tapia on June 19, and country star Kenny Rogers with special guest Linda Davis on June 22.

The 2016 Grandstand Stage lineup also includes The Jacksons on June 24, 12th annual Gospel Festival featuring Shirley Caesar on June 25, Latin group Los Tigres Del Norte on June 26, co-founder of the Beach Boys Brian Wilson on June 30, Latin group Calibre 50 on July 3, and comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, plus the Navy Band Southwest, featuring fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Many of the concerts are free with fair admission. Tickets for paid shows go on sale this Saturday, March 12. Tickets can be purchased through the fairgrounds box office or Ticketmaster.

The “Mad About the Fair”-themed fair kicks off June 3 and runs through July 4. The fair will be closed Mondays, except July 4, and the first two Tuesdays.

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