The Merced County Spring Fair’s Memorial Hospital Los Banos Outdoor Stage will feature a couple of acts that have been here before and a few newcomers.
Local band Aaron Avila and Second Wind Band will open the fair on Wednesday night, followed by ’80s cover band the Spazmatics on Thursday. Friday night features country musician Weston Burt. Journey Unauthorized, which has proven to be a big hit among fairgoers, will take the main stage on Saturday night. The fair will close with Los Cocineros.
Don’t Stop Believin’
Journey Unauthorized will return for an 8 p.m. show Saturday hosted by K97.5 on the Memorial Hospital main stage.
Taking audiences back to the 1980s with music created by one of the most unforgettable acts of the decade, Journey Unauthorized has been a confirmed favorite since its first appearance at the fair.
The tribute band, which specializes in a complete Journey concert production, will perform on the free outdoor stage.
The high-energy show is packed with recognizable songs and megahits like “Open Arms,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Faithfully,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Wheel In the Sky,” and many more.
The band performs the full-range of Journey’s multi-part harmonies, including “Lights,” “Separate Ways,” “Who’s Cryin’ Now,” and more, to cover Steve Perry’s material and Gregg Rolie’s lead vocals.
Fair manager Ron Brandt said this band has delivered one of the most popular concerts in the history of the fair.
Friday’s 7:30 p.m. concert, hosted by Kubb Country, features Weston Burt.
The 27-year-old from Alabama takes his inspiration from country and Southern rock, citing influences from Garth Brooks to Lynyrd Skynyrd.
A seasoned road warrior, Burt will hit Los Banos as one of four stops in California promoting his single “Smile That Smile.”
The four-piece country and rock band Second Wind will make its seventh appearance at the fair. The band performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Frontman and rhythm guitarist Aaron Avila said Second Wind formed in Los Banos in 1994. The bandmates play a wide variety of music from groups and artists who have inspired them, Avila said. It’s not unusual to hear sets with songs from George Strait and Dwight Yoakam, followed by tunes from Lynyrd Skynyrd and AC/DC.
On Thursday, fairgoers can take a time machine back to the heady days of leg warmers, nerd movies and hairspray with the Spazmatics, an ’80s cover band.
Everything from Wham! to Depeche Mode to Duran Duran are fodder for the foursome dressed in suspenders, taped glasses and neck braces. The group recently filmed a commercial for Comcast, and regularly play clubs and private affairs across the country.
Remember that break-dancing phase you went through, with the neon colors and the MC Hammer pants that you’re really glad nobody has pictures of? Remember how obsessed you were with Molly Ringwald? Remember all the things you would love to forget about the 1980s? The Spazmatics remember.
Mariachi band Los Cocineros will close the fair at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.