ALL SHOWS FREE* WITH FAIR ADMISSION!
*All main stage show general admission seating is free with fair admission, on an open seating, space-available basis.
For RESERVED SEATING the fair’s Gold Circle admission includes fair admission plus reserved seating in Fiesta Hall (main stage), private entrance through Expo Café for the show, and easy access to the no-host bar and no-host food area.
Family, faith and music were guiding forces for Sheila E. growing up in the Bay Area. Her music career was influenced by her "pops," the legendary Pete Escovedo and producer/musician George Duke. In the late '70s, Sheila E. met Prince backstage. Their Purple Rain recording sessions-including her vocals on the 1984 classic "Erotic City"-morphed into launching her solo career that same year. Her debut album "The Glamorous Life" spun off the Grammy Award-nominated top 10 hit of the same name, plus a second top 40 single. She was the first female Music Director for a late-night talk show and received an Emmy nomination as Musical Director for "Fiesta Latina - A Performance at The White House." Sheila E's autobiography "The Beat of My Own Drum" was released in 2014.
While Sheila E's career has ascended over the years, she credits the Bay Area for her foundation. "I used to sit on the corner outside of the local community center with Twinkies and 7-Up listening to Tower of Power, Sly and Larry Graham rehearse," recalls Sheila E. "The sounds of the Bay Area molded me."
One of the greatest journeys in music history can be summed up by just three letters—TLC. Those characters merely hint at the talent of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, but they immediately evoke an unparalleled journey nonetheless. That journey encompasses 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, two RIAA diamond-certified albums among a total of four multiplatinum albums, ten Top 10 singles, and four Number 1 singles. Meanwhile, the VH1 original film CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story chronicled their rise and broke records as the highest-rated television film premiere of 2013 and the highest-rated original premiere on the network between consistent touring.
Peter Gossamer is world renown for his electrifying performance of magic, dance and theater. He is considered a pioneer in magic because of his original concepts and fresh approach to the art of illusion.
Gossamer has made numerous television appearances, including 4 French television shows in Montreal and three invitations to Spanish TV's largest network, Univision Television. Peter was also featured in the U.S.A. on the popular national television special NBC's "World's Greatest Magic," as well as "Masters of Illusion."
Recently he starred in the show, "Abracadabra" in the Sheraton Valley Forge Dinner Theater in Philadelphia, PA. This show was hailed as the best show in the theater's 13-year history. Also he starred in a 6-month contract at Caesar's Casino in South Africa starring in Dick Foster's "Eclipse" as well as the record setting "Las Vegas Illusion" in Tokyo.
Gossamer Magic is in demand in the corporate venues as well. He is often hired to make CEO's appear and disappear as well as producing products as large as automobiles for Honda.
Truly Peter Gossamer is one of the most memorable celebrities in magic with a charismatic personality that makes him deservedly popular wherever he appears.
When “Sugar Ray’s” breakthrough hit song “Fly” put them on the map in 1997, lead vocalist Mark McGrath was thrust into the public eye. It’s no doubt the band maintains its momentum due in no small part to the good looks, charisma and talent of its front man, Mark McGrath.
Two years later, in 1994, the band changed its name and landed a deal with Atlantic Records. Shortly after, in 1997, the band’s collaboration with reggae artist Super Cat resulted in the song “Fly,” which dominated the airwaves.
Platinum-selling band Pablo Cruise is well-known for their honest, real down to earth vocals, accompanied by fun yet elegant, infectious grooves. The band’s first album cover was shot in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. From 1975 to 1985 the band toured the United States, Canada and Japan extensively, welcoming fans to “Climb Aboard the Good Ship Pablo Cruise.” Reaching the top 10 with mega hits like “Whatcha Gonna Do When She Says Goodbye?” and “Love Will Find a Way” and several other top 20’s, the band went on to sell several million albums and singles collectively and established themselves as well respected writers and performers within the industry.
Average White Band is one of the top Soul, R & B, and Jazz-Funk groups alive. The seven-piece, triple Grammy nominee has Scottish roots and was first known for the timeless instrumental hit Pick Up the Pieces. They solidified their future with diverse songwriting and a unique approach—the defied strict adherence to any one facet of rhythm and blues. The band’s success stretches across several gold and platinum albums. They were the first British group to simultaneously top the U.S. Top 100 Singles, Albums and R&B charts, before garnering similar UK and international honors.
John Michael Montgomery has turned an uncanny ability to relate to fans into one of country music's most storied careers. Behind the string of hit records, the roomful of awards and the critical and fan accolades that have defined his phenomenal success lies a connection that goes beyond his undeniable talent and his proven knack for picking hits. Since the days when "Life's A Dance" turned him from an unknown artist into a national star, John Michael’s rich baritone has carried that most important of assets--believability.
Los Yonics (5:00 to 6:00 p.m. / Fiesta Hall)
Los Yonics was formed in 1976 in San Luis Pedro, Mexico. Since forming, they have released 33 albums, some reaching gold and platinum level status. Los Yonics was nominated for a Grammy in 1986 for Best Mexican-American Performance for their album “Petalo Y Espina” and in 1988 for their single “Corazon Vacio.” Some of their hit songs include: "Soy Yo," "Palabras Tristes," "Con El Alma en la Mano," "Rosas Blancas" and "Muchacha Magica.”
Los Caminantes (3:30 to 4:30 p.m. / Fiesta Hall)
Los Caminantes was formed by four brothers in 1980. The siblings left their home town of San Francisco Del Rincon Guanajuato for the United States to record their first single, “Supe Perder.” The melody made them known internationally and was followed by their second single, “Para Que Quieres Volver.” Two songs, two gold records and two international hits. Other hit songs include “Cuando Dos Almas” and “Porque Tengo Tu Amor.”
Grupo Anhelo (2:00 to 3:00 p.m. / Fiesta Hall)
Grupo Anhelo was founded in 1981 in Oxnard California by brothers Froylan, Rogerio and Hugo Lopez in conjunction with their friend Fausto Sosa (RIP) all from Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca. Several other talented members joined the band soon after its founding. Their song "Con La Misma Espina" from their first album reached Gold Record status. Other hits include: "Corazón de Oro," "Ay, Amor," "Sin Ti," and "Me Estoy Encariñando."
Banda Arkangel R-15 (5:30 to 6:30 p.m. / Cypress Stage)
Banda Arkangel R-15 was formed in 1992 in Las Varas, Nayarit, Mexico. The band is best known for their technobanda dance genre. Popular hits include "Bailame Quebradito," "La Quebradita," “Goza Mi Cumbia," "El Brinque y Brinque" and "Voy a Pintar Mi Raya".
Grupo Vennus (4:00 to 5:00 p.m. / Cypress Stage)
Grupo Vennus was founded in the mid 70s in Redwood City by Ernesto Sosa Naranjo, and all of the band’s members hailed from Aguililla, Michoacán, Mexico. Their hits include: "El Viento La Brisa y tu Recuerdo," "Yo Comencé La Broma,"Alma Mía," "Esclavo y Amo," "Y Si Te Quiero," "Asi es el Amor," "La Rosa" and "Quién No Há Amado a Una Mujer."