FAIRFIELD — Vallejo’s Con Funk Shun will kick off the 2014 Solano County Fair with a performance opening night, July 30. The concert is free with fair admission.
The group performed at the 2012 Solano County Fair. It charted four consecutive gold albums, one platinum album and 20 hit singles.
Recent appearances have included Tokyo’s Cotton Club, Cache Creek Casino Resort, Harrah’s New Orleans and the Rrazz Room in San Francisco.
The band plans to release a new CD this year.
Con Funk Shun moved from Vallejo to Memphis after landing a gig backing the Soul Children, a Stax act. It attracted the attention of Mercury Records and released “Sho’ Feels Good To Me” from its first album. Other singles have included “Ffun,” “Marry Me Again,” and “40 Days 40 Nights.”
Michael Cooper penned most of the tunes.
“Music is my mission,” he said, in a press release. “My sound has stayed essential because the guys and I actively tour. My musical inspiration comes from my audience, my family and life.”
Los Lobos is the headliner Aug. 1. Its 1987 remake of Richie Valens’ “La Bamba,” for the soundtrack of the same name, earned the band a No. 1 spot on Billboard charts.
After releasing its second album in 1988, things went south for the band.
“To a certain extent, I guess we didn’t really trust ourselves,” said member Steve Berlin, in press materials. “It was all great but there was a lot of expectation surrounding the next record.”
The group then decided to toss its different musical influences in the air and see where they would land. That idea, along with help from producer Mitchell Froom and engineer Tchad Blake, resulted in hits such as “Angels with Dirty Faces” and “Whiskey Trail.”
The fair runs July 30 through Aug. 3. Performers for Aug. 2 and Aug. 3 will be announced later. For more details, visit www.scfair.com.
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