FAIRfest lineup announced today
The musical lineup for FAIRfest was announced with much fanfare today at a press conference in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
The festival is from June 20-22 and will take place on stages in the downtown and outside the convention center. New this year are a performing stage and a beverage garden.
The opening act is vibraphonist Mike Dillon, who was the final performer at last year’s event just before torrential rains hit the area. Dillon will begin performing at 4:30 p.m. on the main stage outside the convention center. He will be joined by Glenn Hartman, accordionist of the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars, and James Singleton, a New Orleans bassist.
Charanga Tropical, a nine-piece salsa band from Minneapolis returns to the main stage with its blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms. David Lindley will perform after that. Lindley is the Jackson Browne Band’s slide guitar player and a Grammy nominee.
The headline act June 20 is triple Grammy-winners Los Lobos, known for their remake of the 1958 Ritchie Valens song “La Bamba,” which was a No. 1 hit. All of the band’s original members will be there, who hail from the same neighborhood in east Los Angeles. The band is on its 40th anniversary tour and has played at the White House multiple times.
Des Moines band Christopher the Conquered will get things started June 21 on the main stage. They will be followed by the Mumfords, who will make the trip from Ames. The band’s lead singer, Nate Logsdon, is engaged to Fairfield native and musical sensation in her own right, Adrien Daller, who won the local talent competition for the AMC program “Showville” in 2013.
The other bands to perform June 21 are Nashville rockers MODOC, followed by Bambu, who appeared at last year’s festival. The headline act is Nawlins Mardi Gras, who will perform with the Rebirth Brass Band.
A press release from the organizers of FAIRfest stated, “This Grammy award-winning nine-piece band is one of the most heralded brass bands in the country and is guaranteed to shake the cobwebs out of your soul.”
Other Saturday performers are Dave Zollo, Jason Carl, Fox & Crow and Milltown.
The Sunday, June 22, acts include Apocalypso Tantric Boys Choir with Dana T, the Jefferson County Green Band, Pieta Brown and Bo Ramsey, The Pines, followed by David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey. A little later, Nashville legend Mac Gayden will perform with Zenphonic and his daughter, Oceana.
FAIRfest will close with the same act that began the show: Mike Dillon. Dillon will perform with the Outsiders Band and other friends for a super jam finale.
At the press conference, FAIRfest organizer Jean Greco said she is hoping to double the attendance of last year’s FAIRfest. James Moore of KRUU said people really took notice last year when the main stage was erected and stood four stories tall.
“Fairfield deserves a festival of this scope,” he said. “Let’s see if we can do it bigger and better.”
Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy said FAIRfest is yet another example of the energy and ambition of the town’s residents.
“This is vintage Fairfield,” he said. “Fairfield is a city of 1,000 passions.”
Convention center board member Mark Cohen said FAIRfest could become the city’s signature musical festival.
In addition to the musical acts, FAIRfest will feature writing events and kids’ activities at the Fairfield Public Library, organized by Cheryl Fusco Johnson. Savannah Rezarch Bird spoke about the work she is doing to line up vendors for the event. Roland Wells is in charge of recruiting volunteers for the event, and spoke about how he hopes the community will lend a helping hand to the festival.