Solano County Fair 2013

Bay Stage boasts lots of entertainment during fair

By From page SCF3 | July 26, 2013

VALLEJO — The Solano County Fair’s Bay Stage, presented by KUIC, is full of nonstop entertainment all day, every day at this year’s fair.

In addition to the Talent Competition on Friday night, the Solano Stars! Vocal Competition on Saturday night and the nightly karaoke party, here are just a few of the acts that will be entertaining fairgoers this year.

The Steve Bayner Hypnotist Show

Performing two shows every evening, The Steve Bayner Hypnotist Show is one of the most sought-after, successful shows of its kind.

Each year, Bayner performs before millions of people. His show has been performed all over the United States as well as abroad. Bayner’s talents have been featured on television, radio and in newspapers and magazines. Additionally, he’s been the star on his own cable television show and is currently working on the production of his own reality television show, “Steve Bayner’s World of Hypnosis.”

Audience participation is key to each show’s success, with selected audience members becoming the stars of the show. Every show has its own personality and humor, reflecting the uniqueness of the individuals in the audience.

Steve Bayner performs two one-hour shows every night of the fair. See schedule for show times as they vary with each day.

The Commanders

The fair is happy to once again welcome one of the ensembles of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, The Commanders, on opening day Wednesday, July 31.

The Commanders, a newly revived ensemble, carries on the American musical tradition of the great big bands, yet offers a lot more than just big band sounds. This energetic group of highly trained professional musicians, formed from 18 Airmen, delivers the full gamut of jazz music – traditional jazz, cool, bop, swing, Broadway favorites and patriotic music.

A typical performance with The Commanders might include favorites from Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie to the sounds of today’s modern jazz groups delivered by the group’s enchantingly talented vocalist. Their renditions of hot jazz feature rousing improvised solos from every instrument in the group. This is an ensemble capable of delivering a truly unique combination of entertainment.

The Commanders offers an entertaining show you won’t soon forget. The Commanders perform from 5 to 6 p.m.

D.E. Heavy Weather Band

The D.E. Heavy Weather Band will rock the Bay Stage with their high energy performance on Thursday, Aug. 1.

Darrell Edwards founded the band late in 2010, exciting fans with their performances of rhythm and blues, rock, inspirational songs and jazz. Edwards has performed live on stage with talented, influential artists such as saxophonist Kevin Frasier, saxophonist Hermon Wilson, Alvon Johnson, popular keyboardist Raymond Victor and a variety of other artists.

Keyboardist Johnny Ramos and vocalist Naomi Smith are talented, fun musicians who perform with Edwards to round out the band.

Edwards has performed solo before large crowds for special events such as Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s annual Diversity Celebration Concert in the PG&E Auditorium in San Francisco. Edwards dazzled the 2,000-plus crowd at the “Mad Hatter Christmas Concert in MLK Plaza,” and in 2011 had a memorable performance for the Juneteenth Celebration and Concert at Martin Luther King Plaza in Vallejo.

The D.E. Heavy Weather Band performs from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m.


The Voltones take the stage Friday, Aug. 2 with hometown grooves sure to get everyone up on their feet.

Guitarist/lead vocalist Dave Harris formed the Vallejo-based Voltones more than 20 years ago. Bassist and occasional vocalist John Gajan anchors the rhythm section along with drummer extraordinaire Joel Anderson, who also brings serious vocal chops to this trio along with a rock-solid back beat.

The Voltones combine established rock cover favorites, reverb-drenched West Coast “surf” classics and evocative, melodic originals into an upbeat, driving style they refer to as “West-Coast retro-rock” – perfect for capturing that summer feeling.

The Voltones perform from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.


Berkeley natives Thirstbusters take the stage Saturday, Aug. 3 to perform their original pop-rock hits.

Band members Chase Jackson, Forrest Mitchell and Zach Sorgen met in seventh grade where they performed for the first time with a rendition of “Purple Haze” for a middle school event. They met their fourth band member, Ryan Thomas, at Berkeley High and immediately hit it off.

One day after jazz ensemble they were jamming on some pop, and Jackson yells, “Guys! We’re making a band!” The rest is history.

They recorded their first album as a one-room live recording with no producer or professional guidance and shocked themselves with how well it turned out. After heading off to different colleges in New York, Los Angeles and Ohio, they reunited over winter break and produced a music video, “So There,” with Sorgen’s sister as writer/director. A couple of weeks after making “So There,” they got an email from Disney that the network wanted to air it for a while. Shortly after that, they got a call from their soon-to-be managers and put together the rest of their team, made a few more music videos and had songs featured in a couple of movies.

They met playing jazz and try to incorporate those dynamics/textures into their pop/rock songs. People compare them to Coldplay, John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Maroon 5 and U2, but rather than picking just one direction to focus on for their new album, they decided to embrace the eclectic and just write songs that they love.

Thirstbusters perform from noon to 12:50 p.m. and again from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m.

Jenny Lynn and her Real Gone Daddies

Jenny Lynn and her Real Gone Daddies come to the Bay Stage on Sunday, Aug. 4 for two energetic performances.

A four-piece Northern California-based rockabilly band, they breathe new life into neat-o classic covers and feature retro-style original songs with a little bit of honky-tonk. Their music is peachy-keen, and you can bop and caterwaul your duck tail to it at the sock hop.

In a word, this band is real gone! Crazy man, crazy! … After a while, crocodile!

Jenny Lynn and her Real Gone Daddies perform from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. and again from 3 to 3:50 p.m.

Urban Bushmen Band

The Bay Stage also welcomes the Urban Bushmen Band on Sunday, Aug. 4 for a soulful, crowd-pleasing performance.

The Urban Bushmen Band is a Northern California rhythm and blues group ready to entertain. The high-energy, crowd-pleasing act knows how to get people up on their feet and keep them moving.

Founded by young blues/funk guitarist Kenny Wilson, the Urban Bushmen Band covers classic blues, R&B and neo-soul. Whether its fan-favorite grooves by other well-known groups, or music of their own, the band pulsates with tight arrangements.

The Urban Bushmen Band performs from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.


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