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Marshall Tucker, Three Dog Night to headline fair


January 31, 2002|STAFF REPORT

IMPERIAL — A parade of motorcycles will again be the prelude to one of the headliner concerts at the 2002 edition of the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta from March 1-10 at the Imperial Valley Expo here.

Major entertainment this year includes The Marshall Tucker Band, Three Dog Night and Mariachi Sol de Mexico.

"We again have an outstanding lineup of talent and entertainment this year," said Bill Blair, I.V. Expo chief executive officer.

Blair said one major change this year will be in the prices of the concerts, which will all be free.

"We have been gradually working toward this goal for the past several years and this year we have gone all of the way," he said.

All special entertainment on the Granite Construction grandstand stage this year will be free, with the exception of the stock car races March 9.


The theme of this year's fair is "Squeals on Wheels."

The fair's evening entertainment on the Granite Construction grandstand stage will start March 1 with The Marshall Tucker Band, which had hits in the 1970s and 1980s with "Heard It In A Love Song," "Fire On The Mountain" and "Take The Highway."

The group earned seven gold and three platinum albums while on the Capricorn Records label.

During the 1990s, the band scored four hits singles on Billboard's country chart and one on Billboard's gospel chart.

The motorcycle parade will precede the concert, continuing in a tradition that began during the John Jay and Steppenwolf concert last year.

A classic car parade will kick off the March 2 concert featuring Three Dog Night. The group had four gold records and one platinum single between 1969 and 1975.

Its platinum single was the 1971 hit "Joy to the World." Three Dog Night's golds records include "An Old Fashioned Love Song," "Black and White," "Shambala" and "The Show Must Go On."

The nation's premier mariachi, Sol de Mexico, will close the fair's first weekend.

Under the leadership of Jose Hernandez, Sol de Mexico is the only mariachi in the world that performs on the classical music circuit.

Sol de Mexico's eighth CD, "Tequila con Limon con el Marachi Sol de Mexico" was released in 2000.

"This year's fair also will have more grounds entertainment than ever before as well as performances and a number of top-quality groups at other venues throughout the grounds," Blair said.

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