Del Mar Summer Concert
Southern California will be the place to see a range of pop, rock, salsa and country performers this summer. The San Diego County Fair has announced their 2011 lineup for the Toyota Summer Concert Series on the Heineken Grandstand Stage in Del Mar, CA.
Opening the festivities on Friday, June 10 will be ’70s/’80s rockers Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. The venerable husband and wife team scored a series of Billboard hits between 1979 and 1985 that remain staples of classic rock radio, including “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”, “Promises In the Dark” and “Shadows of the Night”.
Mexican crooner Espinoza Paz and country/pop comedian Bill Engvall take the stage on June 12 and 14, respectively.
Pop/rock funnyman Weird Al Yankovic will perform on Wednesday, June 15, likely mixing new material such as his Lady Gaga spoof “Perform This Way” with 80s parody classics like “Eat It”, “Another One Rides the Bus” and “Living With a Hernia”.
Thursday, June 16 will feature An Evening With Randy Travis, in which the Nashville heavyweight will serenade attendees with his lengthy repertoire of Billboard Country hits.
Christian alt.rockers Switchfoot, singer/activist Melissa Etheridge and Latin pop sensation Larry Hernandez will perform on the 17th, 18th and 19th of June, respectively.
Classic rock legends the Doobie Brothers will own the stage on Tuesday, June 21. Widely familiar to several generations through their longevity on FM radio, their current incarnation features two key members from their early ’70s lineup, including vocalist/guitarist Tom Johnston. Their set is likely to favor early steamrollers like “Listen to the Music” and “Long Train Running” over their later, McDonald-era fare.
Brazenly bedecked Mormon alt.rockers Neon Trees will assume the platform on Wednesday, June 22, while the 23rd will make way for Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown. Popular Mexican banda La Arrolladora Banda El Limón will bring their festivities to US audiences with their performance on Sunday, June 26.
Pop/rock legends the Beach Boys will appear on Wednesday, June 29. Now approaching their 50th year in the business, the Beach Boys are down to just two classic members, Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who will perform with hired backing for this show.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will dazzle everyone who loves rock n’ roll on June 30. Joan Jett was recently portrayed by Twilight actress Kristen Stewart in a film biopic on Jett’s ’70s-era band the Runaways.
Among the acts closing out the festival are boy band Big Time Rush, Mexican diva Jenni Rivera and stadium rock mainstays REO Speedwagon, who will respectively appear on July 1, 3 and 4.
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