Free concerts announced for Solano County Fair

By From page A9 | June 05, 2013

The Solano County Fair will continue its tradition of providing the best summer entertainment value in the area with five nights of headline concert entertainment included free with the price of admission during the Solano County Fair, July 31-Aug. 4.

Scheduled bands include eclectic funk band WAR (Aug. 1), R&B legends The Spinners (Aug. 2) and soul superstars Tower of Power (Aug. 3), with additional acts to be announced.

One of the most iconic bands of its time, WAR has been entertaining music lovers for the past few decades with its unusual blend of funk, jazz, R&B, and rock and roll. The band has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and performs for thousands of enthusiastic fans every year.

The Spinners’ group sound and approach has led to 12 gold records, featuring hits on top of both pop and R&B charts. Original members Bobbie Smith, Henry Fambrough and Pervis Jackson are joined onstage by lead singer Charlton Washington, high tenor Harold “Spike” Bonhart and a soul-infused five-piece band.

Tower of Power’s 45-year odyssey began in 1968 when Emilio Castillo met Stephen “Doc” Kupka. When Kupka auditioned during a band rehearsal at Castillo’s house, Castillo’s father called him into the kitchen and offered the following advice: “Hire that guy, he’s got something.” Kupka and his signature baritone sax sound became part of the band and Tower of Power soon became well-known in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

The Solano County Fair runs July 31-Aug. 4 at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo. All entertainment, including concerts, is included free with fair admission. Advance admission is $8 general and seniors and children ages 6-12. Children under 5 are free. Admission at the gate is $10 and $6.

Enterprise staff

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