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Salt-N-Pepa, Styx to headline State Fair concert series at Cal Expo

Ricky Phillips, from left, James Young and Tommy Shaw of the band Styx perform in concert during the Soundtrack of Summer Tour 2014 at the Susquehanna Bank Center on July 3, 2014, in Camden, N.J.
Ricky Phillips, from left, James Young and Tommy Shaw of the band Styx perform in concert during the Soundtrack of Summer Tour 2014 at the Susquehanna Bank Center on July 3, 2014, in Camden, N.J. Owen Sweeney/ Invision/ AP

Sacramento still needs to get through spring and whatever’s left of the El Niño rainy season, but the summer concert season is already shaping up for the California State Fair, which runs July 8-24 at Cal Expo.

The fair’s 2016 Toyota Concert Series kicks off July 8 with Salt-N-Pepa with Spinderealla, the beloved hip-hop trio known for shaking up many a wedding reception when the DJ drops “Push It.” For those whose tastes run closer to the classic rock side of the dial, look for a chance to “come sail away” with Styx (July 18). In addition, the schedule includes shows from the John Fogerty-less version of Creedence Clearwater Revival known as Creedence Clearwater Revisited (July 15) and Don Felder (July 22), former lead guitarist for The Eagles.

And what better way to work off that wine slushie than grooving to some soul and funk from Chaka Khan (July 11) and Tower of Power (July 13). Many tribute bands will also be in the mix, including Journey Revisited (July 12), Queen Nation (July 16) and Matchbox Twenty Too (July 19).

All concerts are free with fair admission, but premium seats can be purchased in the Reserved Gold Circle for an additional $12 to $20. These tickets can be purchased starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 5, through the California State Fair’s web site.

A few spots still have yet to be filled, but here’s what’s known so far:

▪ Salt-N-Pepa with Spinderella (July 8)

▪ TBA (July 9)

▪ Sebastian Maniscalco (July 10)

▪ Chaka Khan (July 11)

▪ Journey Revisited - Reliving The Glory Days Of Journey (July 12)

▪ Tower of Power (July 13)

▪ Parmalee (July 14)

▪ Creedence Clearwater Revisited (July 15)

▪ Queen Nation - A Tribute to the Music of Queen (July 16)

▪ Dwight Yoakam (July 17)

▪ Styx (July 18)

▪ Matchbox Twenty Too (July 19)

▪ TBA (July 20)

▪ Lincoln Brewster (July 21)

▪ Don Felder (July 22)

▪ Joe Nichols (July 23)

▪ TBA (July 24)

Chris Macias: 916-321-1253, @chris_macias

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