Los Banos

Fair will have music and a bevy of dance groups

Music is a big part of the Merced County Spring Fair, and Los Banos talent will be at the forefront.

The four-piece country and rock band Second Wind will make its seventh appearance at the 2014 Spring Fair on opening night, and is planning a tribute to 1990s country music.

“Off and on for the past eight years, we’ve played the fair,” said 39-year-old Aaron Avila. “This is our home and we have a lot of family and friends that come out.”

The frontman and rhythm guitarist 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.

“We cover a whole huge area of music,” Avila said.

Second Wind has opened for and played with Johnny Cash’s little brother Tommy. The band also recorded a live album with the Man in Black’s sibling.

To learn more about the band or its live album, search “Aaron Avila and Second Wind” on Facebook. The show starts at 8 p.m. Wednesday on the Memorial Hospital Outdoor Stage.

The band plays private functions and weddings, and can be found lighting up the stage at clubs around the state.

In addition to Second Wind, a number of local dance groups will perform throughout the fair. The schedule is as follows: Intensity Dance Center at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dance Explosion at 4 p.m. Thursday, Queen Esther’s Prep Ballet at 3:30 p.m. Friday, then a pair of groups on Sunday, with Folklorico Yolotly at 1 p.m., Zumba Fitness at 2 p.m. and Sol Del Valle at 3 p.m.

All dance performances will be on the Memorial Hospital Los Banos Outdoor Stage.