JUNE 29, 2016, MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA The Monterey County Fair will open the 80th annual concert series with multi Grammy winning, Asleep at the Wheel on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia 46 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. The Grammy Award-winning Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Featuring 22 acclaimed collaborations, the all-star lineup includes legends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and George Strait and newcomers like The Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show and many other fine talents.
Asleep at the Wheel is bringing a fresh look and sound into 2016. Now traveling as an 8-piece band, recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin) and Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) have instilled a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Between those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!
Headlining acts rounding out the entertainment the 2016 roster include Journey Revisited, War, and Shane Dwight Band. Concerts are nightly starting at 7:30pm and always FREE with paid fair admission.
The Monterey County Fair will run from Wednesday, August 31 – Monday, September 5, 2016 and Celebrate 80 Years of Fair Fun. For further information, please refer to www.montereycountyfair.com or call the main office at (831) 372-5863.