by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
Musical entertainment at the Sherburne County Fair will consist of two performances by Twin Cities bands along with three contests for local singers and musicians.
The Iron Horse Band, which plays modern country and classic rock, will perform at Lions Garden Friday, July 20, beginning 8 p.m.
Lead singer Christina Rayne recorded an album called “Who She Ain’t” in Nashville in 2007 and one of the singles, “Get Him This Time,” earned some critical recognition.
The group also includes Pat Higgins (lead guitar, vocals), Darren Hensel (guitar, keyboard, vocals), Jeff Lungstrom (bass) and Pete Fox (drums, vocals). Higgins has played for several bands including one that performed at Target Field for a Twins game.
Boogie Wonderland, a six-piece 1970s disco dance band with multiple lead singers, will perform Saturday, July 21, beginning 8 p.m.
Boogie Wonderland has performed nationally (including Las Vegas) and internationally with stars such as Donna Summers, Thelma Houston, Gloria Gaynor, KC and the Sunshine Band, Debbie Gibson and Pat Benatar, according to their website.
Members are DeWayne DuPree (guitar, vocals), Aphrodite Jones (vocals), Rico Estrada (guitar), Gino Ferrari (keys), Kid Vegas (drums) and Maurice Stubbs (bass, vocals).
Battle of the Bands
Battle of the Bands will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Free Stage. This was held last year for the first time with Whosah, from Maple Grove and Elk River, placing first.
The finals of Sherburne County Teen Idol, new this year, will be held at the same time and location as Battle of the Bands. The first two rounds will be held at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Sherburne County Fair Talent Contest will be held Saturday, beginning 10 a.m., at the Free Stage, with Teen, Pre-Teen and Open divisions. Last year, 35 entrants competed. The Open winner, a teen dance trio called The Sher-Bounce Crew, went on to win the state fair competition.