Del Mar CA— Our latest concert announcements are gonna take you up, up and away to a powerhouse Toyota Summer Concert Series lineup. No need to be “Waiting for Superman” when Daughtry takes the stage or hoping for “Better Days” with the Goo Goo Dolls at the San Diego County Fair! Stomp your feet with Melissa Etheridge and Brett Eldredge and sing along with Grupo Intocable, La Adictiva, The Gospel Festival, Calibre 50 and WAR with Ozomatli.
Grab your seats for these just-announced shows when they go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ticketmaster.com.
This year’s Fair theme is all about superheroes, real community heroes and action-packed fun! The 2020 San Diego County Fair will feature 27 nights of entertainment on the Corona Grandstand Stage June 5-July 5. Check out the lineup of just-announced and previously announced concerts that are going to kick off one super summer.
Just-announced concerts – Toyota Summer Concert Series
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 15
The following shows start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For ticket information, go to sdfair.com. All tickets purchased online at Ticketmaster.com include admission to the San Diego County Fair. If you already have Fair admission, call the box office at (858) 792-4252 and request a concert seat only. Tickets can also be purchased at the Del Mar Fairgrounds’ O’Brien Gate Box Office beginning April 1.
- Tuesday, June 9: Melissa Etheridge, GA levels 3 & 5 included with Fair admission; reserved tickets are $39-$54; dinner package available
- Sunday, June 14: Grupo Intocable, GA levels 3 & 5 included with Fair admission; reserved tickets are $44-$65
- Saturday, June 20: Goo Goo Dolls, ticket prices are $39-$60; dinner package available
- Sunday, June 21: La Adictiva, GA levels 3 & 5 included with Fair admission; reserved tickets are $44-$65
- Tuesday, June 23: War with Ozomatli, show begins at 7 p.m.; GA levels 3 & 5 included with Fair admission; reserved tickets are $44-$60
- Friday, June 26: Brett Eldredge, ticket prices are $39-$74; dinner package available
- Saturday, June 27: 16th Annual Gospel Festival featuring John P. Kee with Todd Dulaney, show begins at 7 p.m.; GA levels 3 & 5 included with Fair admission; reserved tickets are $45-$57
- Sunday, June 28: Calibre 50, GA levels 3 & 5 included with Fair admission; reserved tickets are $44-$70
- Wednesday, July 1: Daughtry, GA levels 3 & 5 included with Fair admission; reserved tickets are $36-$47
- Friday, June 5: The Isley Brothers, GA levels 3 & 5 included with Fair admission; reserved tickets are $41-$56; dinner package available
- Saturday, June 6: TLC, ticket prices are $29-$75
- Sunday, June 7: Hombres G, GA levels 3 & 5 included with Fair admission; reserved tickets are $41-$74
- Wednesday, June 10: Styx, ticket prices are $24-$75; dinner package available
- Thursday, June 11: Martina McBride, ticket prices are $24-$90; dinner package available
- Friday, June 12: Train, ticket prices are $61-$97; dinner package available
- Tuesday, June 16: The Flaming Lips, GA levels 3 & 5 included with Fair admission; reserved tickets are $41-$56
- Thursday, June 18: Cheap Trick, GA levels 3 & 5 included with Fair admission; reserved tickets are $56-$70; dinner package available
- Sunday, July 5: Los Enanitos Verdes, GA levels 3 & 5 included with Fair admission; reserved tickets are $41-$7
About the artists
June 5: The Isley Brothers – First formed in the early ‘50s, The Isley Brothers are considered one of the most important and influential groups of the last half-century. While they were raised primarily on gospel music, the family band went on to experiement and record under the genres of doo-wop, R&B, soul, Motown, funk, disco, pop and hip-hop. From “Twist and Shout” to the Grammy-winning “It’s Your Thing” and 2001’s chart-topper “Contagious,” The Isley Brothers have enjoyed one of the most diverse careers in popular music.
June 6: TLC – Three letters sum up this beloved chart-topping female group – TLC. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes created immortal anthems such as “Waterfalls,” “Creep,” “No Scrubs,” and “Unpretty,” to name a few, as well as sales of 70 million records worldwide, four Grammy Awards, four multi-platinum albums, 10 Top 10 singles and four No. 1 singles.
June 7: Hombres G – The group is one of the most influential Spanish Rock bands since its inception in 1983. Their popularity spans from Spain to Latin America (mainly Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela), as well as with the Spanish-speaking population in the US and Portugal. They are widely considered one of Spain’s most prominent pop groups of the 1980s and early 1990s with a sound influenced by the early Beatles.
June 9: Melissa Etheridge – Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album, which led to an appearance on the 1989 Grammy Awards show. For several years, her popularity grew around such memorable originals as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs” and “Ain’t It Heavy,” for which she won a Grammy Award. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, “Yes I Am” (1993). She has received a total of 15 Grammy Award nominations and has claimed two wins.
June 10: Styx – Styx draws from over four decades of hits ranging from “Lady” and “Come Sail Away” to “Blue Collar Man” and “Renegade.” These six musicians have committed to rocking audiences far and wide by entering their second decade of averaging more than 100 shows each year. They are best known for melding hard rock guitar balanced with acoustic guitar, synthesizers mixed with acoustic piano and upbeat tracks with power ballads. Styx has had 16 Top 40 singles in the U.S., eight of which hit the Top 10.
June 11: Martina McBride – Country singer Martina McBride got her start opening for Garth Brooks in the 1990s and quickly became one of the most successful female country singers of all time. She had a string of major hit singles on the Billboard country chart and occasionally on the adult contemporary chart. Five of these singles went to No. 1 on the country chart between 1995 and 2001. She is called the “Celine Dion of country music” after she was recognized for her soprano singing range. McBride has received a number of awards, including the Country Music Association Award (CMA) for Female Vocalist of the Year, with her fourth win in 2004.
June 12: Train – This multi-Grammy Award and Billboard award-winning band from San Francisco has had 14 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 list since the release of their debut self-titled album. The tumbling wordplay of “Meet Virginia” gave them their first radio hit and 2001’s “Drops Of Jupiter” broke them to multi-platinum status thanks to the double-Grammy-winning title song that spent 10 months in the Top 40. The group won another Grammy Award in 2011 for their global hit “Hey Soul Sister,” the No. 1 best-selling smash and most downloaded single of 2010. They’ve sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.
June 14: Grupo Intocable – Grupo Intocable rose to mass popularity in the late ’90s and arguably became the most successful Tejano act of their day. Their style of Tejano is undeniably norteño in nature, driven by polka rhythms and heavily accented by accordion. The group even fashions itself as norteño (i.e., the cowboy look). However, their Texan roots and frontman Ricky Muñoz’s gift for graceful pop melodies, among other subtleties, differentiate them from more traditional genre acts such as Los Tigres del Norte and Conjunto Primavera.
June 16: The Flaming Lips – Their sound contains multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements while their lyrics include elements of space rock, including unusual song and album titles such as “Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles” and “Yeah, I Know It’s a Drag… But Wastin’ Pigs Is Still Radical.” They are acclaimed for their elaborate live shows which feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, massive amounts of confetti, and frontman Wayne Coyne’s signature man-sized plastic bubble that he uses to traverse the audience. In 2002, Q magazine named The Flaming Lips one of the “50 Bands to See Before You Die.”
June 18: Cheap Trick – Since the 70s they’ve been blending elements of pop, punk (and even metal) in catchy tunes that are instantly recognizable. With timeless classics including “I Want You to Want Me,” “Surrender,” and the 80s lighter-waving favorite, “The Flame,” Cheap Trick is a musical institution. Anyone familiar with Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” will note that Cheap Trick wrote and performed the theme song. The popularity of their most current release, “The Latest,” continues their rein as one of the most coveted bands of all time. Cheap Trick is still performing 35 years strong.
June 20: Goo Goo Dolls – Drawing on over three decades together, the four-time Grammy Award-nominated multi platinum artists John Rzeznik and Robby Takac supply a sense of hope and heart on their 12th album, “Miracle Pill.” This album serves as the next step on a long life journey together for John and Robby. To date, Goo Goo Dolls’ sales exceed 12 million albums worldwide. The group seized a page in the history books by achieving 14 No. 1 and Top 10 hits. As a result, they hold the all-time radio record for “Most Top 10 Singles.” Among a string of hits, “Iris” held No. 1 on the Hot 100 for 18 straight weeks and was named “No. 1 Top 40 Song of the Last 20 Years.”
June 21: La Adictiva – La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas is a loud, proud wind band rich with Sinaloan flavor. Since 1990, Adictiva’s 15-plus players have been making a mighty noise with clarinets, trumpets, tubas, drums and singers. Members may come and go, but Adictiva has only grown more popular: The video for their 2017 single “Después de ti ¿Quién” (“After You, Who?”) has been viewed more than 550 million times. Formed in the town of Mesillas, La Banda San Jose de Mesillas was a regional phenomenon for several years. In 2009, they added “adictiva” to their name after a radio programmer used it to describe their lively romantic take on the classic Sinaloan sound, confirmed on their album Corridos Adictivos.
June 23: War with Ozomatli – Formed in 1969 in Long Beach, Calif., American funk band War has been entertaining fans for more than four decades. Among their many hits are “Spill the Wine,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” and “Low Rider.” War is a musical crossover band that fuses elements of rock, funk, jazz, Latin, rhythm and blues, and reggae. Their album “The World Is a Ghetto” was Billboard’s best-selling album of 1973. In 2009 the group was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and became a steady concert draw on the nostalgia group tour circuit and at international festivals. Ozomatli will open for War with its impressive variety of genres from classic to modern Latino, urban, hip-hop and other world styles. The “Dioses del Baile,” or “Gods of Dance,” have created one of the most exciting and fun live shows touring today.
June 26: Brett Eldredge – Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Brett Eldredge has established himself as one of country music’s smoothest-singing vocal powerhouses, biggest radio heavy-hitters and most entertaining, arena-packing showmen. His current hit “Love Someone” recently topped the country radio chart and is the third single from his self-titled record, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Eldredge’s live shows feature his seven chart-topping singles spanning three albums. Eldredge released his Christmas record “Glow” in October of 2016 and earned an additional No. 1 song on the Holiday Music and Adult Contemporary charts with “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” a duet alongside Grammy-winner Meghan Trainor.
June 27: 16th Annual Gospel Festival featuring John P. Kee with Todd Dulaney – Singer John P. Kee has earned accolades as a top-ranked gospel performer and pastor of the New Life Fellowship Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Inspired by the work of the Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, Kee overcame a troubled life of drugs and crime, initially emerging in the late ’80s as a powerful vocalist and minister. Whether working as a solo artist or with his New Life Community Choir, Kee’s albums like 1994’s “Colorblind,” 2011’s “The Legacy Project,” and 2015’s “Level Next” have made him one of the most popular contemporary gospel artists of his generation, regularly peaking near the top of Billboard’s gospel chart.
June 28: Calibre 50 – Formed in 2010 in Sinaloa, Mexico, Calibre 50 made their album debut that same year with “Renovar o Morir,” a powerful collection of narrative songs depicting regional themes like local rivalries and the seedier side of rural Mexican life. After scoring their first hit with 2011’s “El Tierno Se Fue,” the band released several more successful albums, cementing their status in Mexico and earning them a growing fanbase in the US. 2013’s “Corridos de Alto Calibre” marked a return to roots for the band, standing as another fine collection of regional narrative ballads and anchored by the No. 1 hit “Los Inmigrantes.”
July 1: Daughtry – As the frontman for the band bearing his name, Chris Daughtry has become one of the most visible and consistent rock music torchbearers of the 21st Century. Daughtry has released four albums, all of which reached the Billboard Top 10 and have combined sales of more than 8 million copies in the U.S. Daughtry’s self-titled debut was the best-selling album of 2007, which contained four Top 20 hit singles including the Grammy Award-nominated smash “It’s Not Over.” “Leave This Town” also reached No. 1 in 2009, while 2011’s “Break the Spell” was certified gold.
July 5: Los Enanitos Verdes – This Argentinian pop/rock band was formed in the late ’70s by singer/bassist Marciano Cantero, guitarist Felipe Staiti, and drummer Daniel Piccolo. In the mid-1980s, guitarist Sergio Embroni and keyboardist Tito Dávila joined in, recording Los Enanitos Verdes’ first album. After successfully touring Central America, they expanded to North American venues and later recorded 1998’s “Tracción Acústica” and 1999’s Grammy-nominated “Nectar.”