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38 Special to appear at Fair
Southern rock act booked for July 19
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38 Special was formed in 1974 formed by neighborhood friends Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant and now consists of Barnes, Danny Chauncey, Bobby Capps, Gary Moffatt and Barry Dunaway. The bands first two albums had a strong southern rock influence. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

The ‘Wild-Eyed Southern Boys' of rock ‘n' roll will return to the Stanislaus County Fair.

38 Special will be performing Wednesday, July 19, at the Stanislaus County Fair on the Bud Light Variety Free Stage. The concert will begin at 8:30 p.m. The concert is free with the price of Fair admission.

"This American rock band will enamor the eyes and ears of our Fair guests," said Adrenna Alkhas, spokesperson for the Stanislaus County Fair. "It will be an iconic show for our rock ‘n roll lovers."

After more than three decades together, 38 Special continue to bring their signature blast of Southern rock to over 100 cities a year. They bring their mix of "muscle and melody" to fans worldwide. Their many gold and platinum album awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse. The co-founder of the group, guitarist/vocalist Don Barnes says that it is all about bringing a high level of intensity to their live shows.

"Live from Texas" is the perfect example of the explosive power that radiates from 38 Special's arena rock-pop smashes. This live album includes every significant chart hit and fan favorite, from "Hold on Loosely" to "20th Century Fox." 38 Special still has the magic and cannot wait to hear the crowd roar.

The 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, 2017. 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