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Fair books British reggae band
UB40 to appear July 15 at County Fair in Turlock
UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue - photo by Contributed to the Courier

The British pop-reggae band UB40 will bring hits like "Red Red Wine" and "Can't Help Falling in Love" to Turlock for the Stanislaus County Fair on Saturday, July 15.

The concert will be hosted by KJOY and will begin at 8:30 p.m. The concert is free with the price of Fair admission.

"This British reggae band will keep our Fair guests dancing all night," said Adrenna Alkhas, spokesperson for the Stanislaus County Fair. "It will be a blast from the past for our reggae lovers."

The original three members of UB40, Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue have reunited to help define reggae music for a new generation. Their world tours have included visits to North and South America, Nigeria, South Africa, Dubai and Papua New Guinea. In 2016, they returned to the States, played Australia and visited the vineyards of New Zealand for a Red Red Winery tour.

The multi-racial band, formed in 1979 in Birmingham, continues to pool a diverse set of influences to put a fresh, indigenous slant on Jamaican reggae. They continue to breathe new life into an intoxicating mix of timeless covers and classic UB40 originals. UB40'slatest album, "Unplugged," proves that their smooth yet rootsy musical blend has stood the test of time.

The Stanislaus County Fair opens Friday, July 14 for a 10-day run. Discounted Fair admission tickets, unlimited ride wristbands, and the Fair season pass will be on sale beginning Saturday, April 29. Corporate ticket sales will also be available to purchase at a highly-discounted rate. Visit the Fair's website for upcoming ticket sale information at