San Diego Fair offers solid line-up of Christian music artists

DEL MAR, Calif. — The Toyota Summer Concert Series at the San Diego County Fair will provide four days of diverse gospel and Contemporary Christian music artists.

"An Evening with Randy Travis," set for June 16, follows the Anniversary Celebration album release that marks his storied 25-year career as a pivotal figure in country music history. Travis' smooth baritone and focus on gospel music since the late 1990s has garnered three GMA Dove Awards. A special dinner package is available with the 7:30 p.m. show.

On June 17 the hard-working San Diego band Switchfoot will entertain rock fans. This concert is the night before the group's annual Bro-Am benefit event and concert in Encinitas. Switchfoot's latest album, Hello Hurricane, won the 2011 Grammy for Best Rock Gospel Album.

The Travis and Switchfoot shows at the Grandstand Stage are free with fair admission for unreserved seats.

June 24 brings the Come Together 2011 Show to the stage, featuring the top Christian bands MercyMe and Third Day. Tickets are required for this 4:30 p.m. concert, although two other June 24 performances are free with fair admission: Jamie Grace and the OC Supertones.

Grace, the popular "Revolve Tour" artist whose musical style includes hip-hop, R&B, and pop, will perform at 1 p.m. on the Plaza Stage. The OC Supertones, an Orange County Christian ska band, takes the Coors Light Rock on stage at 9 p.m.

The following day will feature the rich American gospel music tradition from morning into evening with the 7th Annual Gospel Festival.

A variety of Southern California gospel acts will perform throughout the day on three stages, representing traditional choruses and youth choirs, modern praise, urban gospel, rap, mime and dance.

The festival highlight is the evening concert by the innovative Kirk Franklin who, like Travis, has redirected an entire genre. Seven Grammy awards reflect his broad appeal.

Joining Franklin on the Grandstand Stage for the 7:30 p.m. concert is "San Diego Power Play," comprised of gospel artist J. Pierre and San Diego worship leaders Stefanie Kelly and Georgina De La Mora.

Two Pierre songs are currently receiving airplay. Kelly leads worship for The Rock Church, San Diego's largest multi-cultural church; De La Mora for Cornerstone Church, billed as the third fastest growing U.S. church.

Gospel Festival admission is free with fair admission. The San Diego County Fair runs 22 days, from June 10 to July 4, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. For additional event and ticket information, visit www.sdfair.com.


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