San Diego County Fair 2024 Grandstand Stage concert choices

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The Euphoria Brass Band may not be the hardest working band in show business, at least not yet. But this boisterous group’s eleven performances between Wednesday and July 5 on the San Diego County Fair’s Chevrolet Paddock Stage are certainly a testament to the tenacity and talent of these hometown favorites.

Founded in 2011, Euphoria honors the propulsive, dance-filled traditions of New Orleans street marching bands. A different kind of salute dominates the musical offering at the fair this year, where no fewer than 16 tribute acts are booked. They will be playing the music of everyone from Tina Turner, Elton John, Gloria Estefan and the Spice Girls to Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, The Police and Guns N’ Roses.

But the biggest guns – in terms of stars – will appear as part of the fair’s Toyota Summer Concert Series on the Corona Tribune stage.

Here, in chronological order, is a look at four upcoming Grandstand performers. The performances are at 7:30 PM

TLC: From left to right, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda “Chili” Thomas.

TLC will perform in San Diego County on June 14. From left to right: Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas.

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TLC

Speaking of tributes, expect the biggest applause of the night when TLC’s Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas pay tribute to the late TLC rapper and co-founder Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. With four Grammy wins and four chart-topping hits to its name – including 1999’s ‘No Scrubs’ and 1994’s ‘Waterfalls’ and ‘Creep’ – this veteran Atlanta R&B group has some crowd-pleasers ready to throw down. 14th of June.

Singer-guitarist Cody Cannon of Whiskey Myers, Railbird Music Festival, June 3, 2023, Lexington, Ky.

Led by singer-guitarist Cody Cannon, Whiskey Myers has become one of the most popular Southern rock bands in the world.

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Whiskey Myers

Depending on the song, this 18-year-old Texas band can evoke the music of everyone from Lynyrd Skynrd and Led Zeppelin to Neil Young and the Rolling Stones, via Waylon Jennings and ZZ Top. The strength of the six-member group is Southern rock. The music – while not as distinctive as that of the artists who inspired it – is well crafted and performed with a winning combination of fire and brilliance. June 19.

Smokey Robinson, at NYC Marriott Marquis on June 16, 2022

Del Mar-bound Smokey Robinson is seen here at the 2022 Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 51st Annual Induction and Awards Gala in New York City.

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Smoky Robinson

This Motown music legend has been touring steadily since returning from a battle with COVID in 2021 that left him hospitalized for nearly two weeks. Robinson spent more than a month regaining his singing voice before returning to the stage. Now, at 84, one of the greatest singer-songwriters of his generation is armed with a new album, last year’s “Gasms,” and he has a Spanish language in the works. But no matter how good his latest material may be, Robinson knows his audience wants to hear his incredibly rich catalog of songs. He’s smart enough to include nearly a dozen of them — including “I Second That Emotion,” “Tracks of My Tears” and “Get Ready” — at each of his concerts. June 26.

Ludacris, iHeartRadio Music Awards, April 1, 2024, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

Movie star and three-time Grammy Award-winning rapper Ludacris will perform in Del Mar this summer.

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Ludacris

Usher, Missy Elliott, Justin Bieber and Black Eyed Peas alum Fergie will not perform with “The Fast and the Furious” movie star and three-time Grammy Award winner Christopher “Ludacris” Evans. But you can count on this veteran Dirty South rapper to drop verses from their hit songs he guested on, including Elliott’s “One Minute Man,” Bieber’s “Baby” and Usher’s “Yeah!” While his early releases were misogynistic enough to earn condemnation from President Obama and Oprah Winfrey, Luda – as many fans call him – is now a 46-year-old father of four. His recent credits include a Disney+ holiday comedy, “Dashing Through the Snow,” and an animated Netflix coming-of-age musical-comedy series, “Karma’s World.” And his fast raps can still thrill his concert audience. June 28.

The 2204 San Diego County Fair

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar

Tickets: Prices vary per performance.

Telephone: (800) 745-3000

Online: sdfair.com

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