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Santa Maria Sun / Music

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Clay Walker, TLC, and Maddie & Tae headline the Santa Barbara County Fair


Dancing to live music is fun and all, but riding a roller coaster to live music is next-level euphoria. I’m not sure what the exact layout of this year’s Santa Barbara County Fair is, but past years have offered more than a few rides in the vicinity of the KCOY Main Stage—making it feasible for adrenaline junkies like me to ride the carousel while Kenny Loggins performs “Danger Zone” only several feet away. This year’s Bud Light Concert Series lineup kicked off with hip-hop artist Ashanti July 10 and continues through the weekend with country veteran Clay Walker, pop group TLC, and country duo Maddie & Tae.

Admission to Clay Walker’s concert at the Santa Barbara County Fair on Thursday, July 11, is included with paid entry.

Since his Billboard-topping debut single, “What’s It to You,” in 1993, Walker has recorded a total of 11 country albums, including his latest opus, Long Live the Cowboy, which hit shelves and the interwebs in January. Walker will perform on Thursday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m. TLC—Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas—takes the stage the following evening, Friday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. After former member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was killed in a car crash in 2002, Watkins and Thomas waited 15 years to collaborate on another album, the self-titled TLC in 2017.

Pop group TLC performs at the Santa Barbara County Fair on Friday, July 12.

The headliner series concludes with rising country stars Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye, aka Maddie & Tae, on Saturday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. The singer-songwriter duo is probably best known for their breakout album Start Here, which was released in 2015 and included the hit single “Girl in a Country Song.” 

Country duo Maddie & Tae perform at the Santa Barbara County Fair on Saturday, July 13.

The fair also hosts a variety of additional acts performing at the McDonald’s Center Stage, including ’80s tribute group The Molly Ringwald Project on Thursday, July 11, and Saturday, July 13, at 6:30 and 9 p.m. both nights; Santa Barbara-based soul band Drive-In Romeos on Friday, July 12, at 6:30 and 9 p.m.; alternative rockers Joker’s Hand on Sunday, July 14, at 2:30 p.m.; and pop singer Tara Macri the same day at 4:45 p.m.

Admission to each concert is included with paid entry to the fair. The Santa Maria Fairpark is located at 937 S. Thornburg St., Santa Maria. Call (805) 925-8824 or visit santamariafairpark.com to find out more.

Rebel with a cause

Pianist and trumpeter Jeff Elliot performs at Cubanissimo Cuban Coffee House and Cafe on Friday, July 12.

Growing up, Jeff Elliott only listened to jazz artists like Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, and Jonah Jones while his father was in the room. As soon as that wasn’t the case, Elliott would rebelliously grab his guitar and play along to Beatles records, dreaming of becoming a rock star someday. But later in his 20s, Elliott began to embrace all sorts of genres, identifying himself as a “musical mutt.” Today, the trumpeter and pianist is known for playing jazz, folk, rock, funk, and big band.

Over the decades, Elliott has performed alongside James Brown, Doc Severinsen, Jimmy Messina, and countless others. The eclectic artist will be performing solo shows at Cubanissimo Cuban Coffee House and Cafe every second Friday, starting July 12 and continuing through Dec. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. each evening. The cafe is located at 4869 S. Bradley Road, Orcutt. Call (844) 428-2266 or visit cubanissimocafe.com for more info.

More music

Folk, rock, and Americana band Free Radicals play a mix of covers and originals at Solvang Park on Friday, July 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. Also in Solvang, local singer/songwriter Nataly Lola performs at The Good Life on Saturday, July 13, from 8 to 10:30 p.m. The Santa Ynez Valley also hosts country singer Trace Atkins this weekend, who performs at the Chumash Casino Resort on Friday, July 12, from 8 to 11 p.m.

Country, roots, and rock outfit Stray Herd performs at the Cold Spring Tavern off of Highway 154 on Friday, July 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. The tavern’s weekend lineup continues with fellow rock acts Green Flag Summer (from 1 to 4 p.m.) and Claude Hopper (5 to 8 p.m.) on Saturday, July 13. The weekly series winds down with blues/rock trio Teresa Russell and Cocobilli on Sunday, July 14, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Blues and rags duo Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan will be opening for the group, performing from 1:15 to 4 p.m.

The In Time Trio (pictured) joins Riptide Big Band for a performance at the Elwin Mussell Senior Center on Sunday, July 14.

Local blues act Dosage Duo will take center stage at Naughty Oak Brewing Company on Friday, July 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. Entry is free, and visiting vendor Valle Fresh will be selling tacos for guests to enjoy during the performance. Also in Orcutt on the same evening, Henry Toland will be performing a solo concert at Vino et Amicis Wine Bar on Friday, July 12, from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission to the show is complimentary.

Meanwhile, further north, the Santa Maria Valley Senior Citizens Club presents the In Time Trio, who joins Riptide Big Band for a performance at the Elwin Mussell Senior Center on Sunday, July 14, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The theme of this dance concert is “The Way You Wear Your Hat,” as guests are encouraged to wear their favorite hats (or ones they’ve fashioned themselves) and compete for prizes. 

Arts Editor Caleb Wiseblood wrote this week’s Local Notes. Contact him at cwiseblood@santamariasun.com.

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