Entertainment Lineup For Mid-Winter Fair Will Rock

By Luke Phillips
If you’re attending the Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta this year, you’re going to want to dig out your old tie-dye shirts, grab some bell-bottom pants and feather your hair.

The lineup for this year’s grandstand entertainment will feature four bands who will take fairgoers on a musical journey through the 60s, 70s, and 80s. There will also be some more modern acts thrown in for good measure.

“By the time the fair ends on March 7, fairgoers will have been treated to virtually all forms of music that have been made popular over the past four decades,” said Fair Manager Theresa Garcia in a press release about the fair lineup.

The entertainment begins on Friday, Feb. 26 with ‘Hot For Teacher’, a Van Halen tribute band, taking the stage at the Granite Construction Grandstand Event Center. ‘Hot for Teacher’ was formed in 1999 to showcase Van Halen’s David Lee Roth era hits. According to the bands promotional materials, singer Randy Monroe “belts out powerful and high-energy vocal rants. Singing with the same, if not more, of the volcanic intensity of the original recordings while imitating David Lee Roth and supplying audiences with stage antics grooved to the beat of the music.”

On Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., Las Vegas based Beatles tribute band ‘Yesterday’ will play a variety of tunes from the fab four. ‘Yesterday’ was formed in 1986 and has toured in dozens of countries on five different continents. They have been featured on radio, television, and in magazines. According to the bands publicity information they expertly perform all eras of Beatles music and are “considered to be among the top artist’s in today’s Beatles Tribute world.

On Tuesday, March 2, Jimmie Cannon and his Valley Jazz will perform at the fair’s annual Jazz Festival as a tribute to their fallen leader. Cannon died last year and this year’s Jazz Festival has been developed into a tribute to the iconic music educator and jazz musician. The festival will take place all evening long.

For country music fans, Whiskey Dawn will perform at the grandstands on March 4 at 7 p.m. The California-based band has been performing for three years and has released one album. They have been featured on country music radio stations all over the state of California. According to their publicity information, the band is known for their “inspiring original music, tight, high-energy performances, and passionate vocals.”

On Friday, March 5 it will be back to the past with Eagles tribute band ‘Life in the Fast Lane’. This six-piece band will give you the chance to relive great music and reminisce with friends as they recreate Eagles’ hits such as ‘Hotel California’, ‘Take it Easy’, and ‘Witchy Woman’.

Grandstand entertainment will wrap up on Saturday, March 6 with ‘Summer of Love’, a tribute to the music of the 60s. The band will play all types of 60s music including rock n roll, British Invasion, Mo-Town, and ‘hippy music’.

All grandstand entertainment during the fair is free with the price of admission.

Tickets for fair admission are $8 for adults, $5 for children and $6 for seniors age 60 and over. Children under five years of age are free.

Pre-sale tickets are also still available at businesses throughout the Imperial Valley or at the fair office at the I.V. Expo fairgrounds. Pre-sale tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children, and $5 for seniors.