Fair jam packed with entertainment

The Madera Fair has become known for its first-class free entertainment with paid admission.


This year, that tradition continues with two legendary bands from the 60s and 70s, and a top country music act with over a dozen chart-topping hits.


In addition to these acts, playing on the headliner stage as part of the Table Mountain Concert Series presented by Estrella Jalisco, several up-and-comers to the California music scene will perform on the 20/30 party stage to kick off each night with pre-concert festivities.


As if that were not enough, the entertainment continues after the headliners perform with after-party concert performances, also on the 20/30 party stage. Only at the Madera Fair can you see three awesome live bands each night for less than the cost of a movie ticket this September.


On Thursday, September 8, at 7:30 p.m., multi-platinum award-winning 1970s Southern Rock masters, The Marshall Tucker Band, will take the headliner stage to celebrate their 50 years together with hits from their more than 20 studio and live albums. A typical setlist for an evening with Marshall Tucker is bubbling over with a healthy dose of hits like the heartfelt singalong “Heard It in a Love Song,” the insistent pleading of “Can’t You See,” the testifying “Fire on the Mountain,” the wanderlust gallop of “Long Hard Ride,” and the explosive testimony of “Rambin” to name but a few.


Before the Marshall Tucker Band takes the main headliners stage, Thunder Rolls, a Tribute to Garth Brooks, will hit the 20/30 party stage to kick off the evening. This year, the 20/30 party stage will feature a dance floor so fairgoers can kick it up while watching the free live entertainment behind the old skating rink.


This is also the perfect time to eat dinner before the main show or get a beer from any number of service clubs in the area.

After the Marshall Tucker Band show, Patrick Contreras will present his “Violin on Fire” show at the party stage. Contreras was born and raised in Fresno and has been playing the violin since he was four. He has branded his playing style with influences from Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana to become a rising star with a unique sound amongst violinists. Fair guests will be thrilled by his original music and explosive interpretations. Contreras will return Sunday for the early show at the 20/30 party stage, which he promises will be a completely different show.


Country music star Rodney Atkins, who has earned twelve Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum RIAA certifications throughout his 16-year career, will take the headliner stage on Friday, September 9, at 8 p.m. Atkins is touring in support of his fifth studio album, “Caught Up in the Country,” which was released just before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, showing an artist who is confident enough to know that making your best music can require patience and experimentation.


Before Rodney Atkins takes the stage, the pre-party starts at the 20/30 party stage with the Josh Day Band. The band combines modern country with timeless classic rock for an entertaining experience second to none. The band came together in the foothills of Central California as a group of guys who just wanted to jam and has built a following, playing at fairs and festivals all over California.


After the Rodney Atkins concert, head back to the 20/30 party stage for one of the most unique bands to play at the Madera Fair. Two founders formed Outlaw Mariachi when the world’s first Heavy Metal Mariachi band Metalachi broke up a couple of years ago. Friday night, they will unleash their style of mariachi on Madera. This act combines the music of Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, and Van Halen with the humor of Cheech and Chong. You will not want to miss this concert event. It will be the talk of Madera on Monday morning.


On Saturday, September 10 a 8 p.m., the sounds of summer will flow over the headliner stage like the perfect wave when the Beach Boys celebrate 60 years of the Sounds of Summer for one of the biggest shows in Madera’s history. The Beach Boys are credited with creating the first wave of the California Sound and spreading the mythologized surfer lifestyle to come out of this state. With more than 100 million records sold worldwide, the band has received more than 33 RIAA Platinum and Gold record awards. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were also honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2001 Grammy Awards.


Since the band’s co-founder, lead singer, and chief lyricist Mike Love penned the lyrics to The Beach Boys’ first hit, “Surfin” (1961), dozens of the band’s chart-toppers have become eternal anthems of American youth: “Surfin’ USA,” “Surfer Girl,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Barbara Ann,” “Good Vibrations,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “Kokomo.” This year marks the 60th anniversary of the release of the Beach Boys’ first album.


If the classic music of the Beach Boys was not enough for a great Saturday night, the music of the Eagles will be brought to you by One of These Nights, a tribute band to the music and solo work of the Eagles, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Glenn Frey. One of These Nights promises they will bring you a playlist of Eagles fan favorites. But they not only play the music of the Eagles while they are on stage; they become the Eagles. This will be a great show to get you primed for the Beach Boys later in the evening. After the Beach Boys, the Kings of Queen: Tribute to Queen, will close the evening with the classic sounds of Queen and their frontman, Freddy Mercury. Based out of Southern California, the Kings of Queen bring classic queen anthems to life like “We Are the Champions” and “Another One Bites the Dust” with commanding vocals and costume changes.


Two Spanish language acts will grace the Headliners Stage at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 11. Banda Carnaval and Cuarto de Milla will close out the 2022 Madera Fair with an evening of traditional Hispanic music. Both bands are touring the United States with Calibre 50, who played at the Madera Fair a couple of years ago and will bring their full bands to the Madera stage. Entertainment around the grounds will also feature mariachi bands and traditional dance groups from the local community.


Violin on Fire will kick off the night, again featuring Patrick Contreras on the 20/30 Party Stage before the Headlines Stage show. Sunday’s show will feature a more Latin influence than his show on Thursday. After the show on the Headliners Stage, the Bay Area’s premier Cumbia and Latin band Sonora San Jose will take the 20/30 Party Stage to close out the 2022 Madera Fair. Founded in San Jose, California, the band has an array of talented and flavorful musicians from all walks of life and backgrounds. Not only do they perform favorite hits that everybody loves to dance to, but they also perform a few hits of their own with “No Vuelvo” and “Que Bonito,” which you can stream or download on your favorite music platform.


With paid gate admission, guests can enjoy Madera Fair’s free Table Mountain Concert Series presented by Estrella Jalisco nightly at the fair. Standing room only is available front and center of the stage as first come, first serve. There is also ample bleacher seating surrounding the back of the viewing area. Additionally, the Madera Fair is happy to offer a $5 camp-style chair rental within the venue for specified seating areas.


While outside food or drink will not be allowed into the Madera Fair, feel free to bring your own beach chairs or blankets to kick back on during the shows.


Advance tickets are still on sale at the Madera Fair offices, online at the Madera Fair’s website, and starting August 24 at Rancho San Miguel on East Yosemite Avenue in Madera.