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Music to fill the air at El Dorado County Fair

Fair takes the stage over Father’s Day weekend
By: Don Chaddock Telegraph Managing Editor
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When the El Dorado County Fair gets in full swing over Father’s Day weekend, numerous local bands and acts are slated to keep the fairgrounds hopping. Richard Iseger is one of the members of Inspector 71, a Folsom-based band. “There are five us and we’re a party cover band,” Iseger said. “We play rock, hip-hop and pop music. We play frequently at Folsom Hotel.” The band has been together for three years and 2011 marks their first foray into the fair scene. “We’re looking forward to playing at the event. One of the things is that it’s a family friendly venue and since we’re all family men, our kids will be able to come watch us play,” he said. “We typically play in bars, so this is a good opportunity for us.” Even though it’s family friendly, Iseger said people can expect the same high-energy performance that has become their trademark. “We bill ourselves as the ultimate party machine. Our goal is to get people dancing,” he said. “We’re known for getting the party started, so to speak.” Rosalee Sabado, owner and school administrator for Sabado School of Music, is looking forward to her students performing at the fair this year. The school is based in Cameron Park. “We have a countywide drumline that will be performing with kids of all ages ranging in age from 12 to 20,” she said. “We also have a jazz combo group performing.” She said her students aren’t new to the fair. “This is our third time at the fair,” she said. “The kids have a good time — they love it. We have a huge group this year.” Expect a large turnout of her students when they take the stage — or rather, various stages. The school is scheduled to perform on the main stage as well as others around the fairgrounds. “We have about 50 kids from all over the county,” Sabado said. “We teach at Ponderosa, Oak Ridge, Union Mine and El Dorado high schools as well as local middle schools, so most of our students are from there.” Halie O’Ryan is performing at the fair, as the Halie O’Ryan and Johnny D Band, and will also be the emcee for first part of Friday’s Battle of the Bands. “I’ve gone back into the fair and family stuff,” O’Ryan said. “I worked with the fair a little last year and I’d love to see the El Dorado County Fair make it. They are great people and I really like them.” O’Ryan, a longtime military performer, is still doing some military events. “Some of these Battle of Bands kids, who were there last year, will be taking the stage again this year at noon on Friday, June 17, sponsored by Nicholson Music,” O’Ryan said. “Last year, there wasn’t really a big prize. This year, Nicholson Music has sponsored $250, $150 and $75 prizes. You must be high school age or younger to enter and the music must be family friendly.” They get the main stage for the battle but spots are limited, O’Ryan said. “Those who are ready to present their original music should call (530) 621-5860. Up until the day before, they can call,” O’Ryan said. “We’re really encouraging people in the industry to come and help these kids.” The finals go on Friday night at 8:45 p.m. on the Wells Fargo Stage. “You can be the Friday night entertainment,” O’Ryan said. O’Ryan’s band is slated to play at various times on Sunday. “We’re describing (our band’s sound as) where rock and roll and country music come together and have a good time,” O’Ryan said. “We took a Father’s Day show and we’re really excited about it and we’ve geared it to fathers.” The band comprises five people. “We have Johnny D, who is a Nashville recording star,” O’Ryan said. “We have a full band backing us this time. Barry Prior, bass, has been on the road with me and played several gigs. Will Ferril, lead guitar, is a regional guy and played a lot of state fairs. We also have Charlie Nickerez on drums.” For a full schedule of fair events, including live entertainment, visit eldoradocountyfair.org. * * * KNOW AND GO: El Dorado County Fair When: Noon-midnight, June 16-18; Noon to 10 p.m., June 19 Where: 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville Tickets: $9 for adults, $7 for children 7-12 and seniors, children 6 and younger are free Information: (530) 621-5860, eldoradocountyfair.org