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Sheena Easton, Cross Canadian Ragweed and others added to California Mid-State Fair lineup

Pop star Sheena Easton, blues guitarist Coco Montoya and country-rock band Cross Canadian Ragweed are among the final acts to join the California Mid-State Fair’s entertainment lineup.

All of the Fort Frontier Stage concerts are free with fair admission, said Tom Keffury, the fair’s director of marketing and sponsorships.

Previously announced acts include iconic rock band Aerosmith, country stars Toby Keith and Keith Urban, teen sensation Justin Bieber, singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins and classic rock bands America and Blue Oyster Cult.

Coco Montoya, who performs July 22, played with Albert Collins and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers before branching out on his own. He released his seventh solo album, “I Want It All Back,” earlier this year.

On July 23, The Family Stone takes the stage. The band, which features Sly and the Family Stone founding members Jerry Martini and Cynthia Robinson, is best known for the hits “Everyday People,” “Hot Fun in the Summertime” and “Family Affair.”

Funky dance band Morris Day & The Time play the fair on July 24. Led by Prince’s childhood friend, the band appeared in the 1984 movie “Purple Rain,” performing the songs “Jungle Love” and “The Bird.”

Christian singer-songwriter Francesca Battistelli performs July 25. She earned a Grammy nomination for the song “Free to Be Me,” from her 2008 debut album “My Paper Heart.”

On July 29, country singer Sunny Sweeney will play songs from her debut album, “Heartbreaker’s Hall of Fame,” including “If I Could” and “Ten Years Pass.”

Two-time Grammy winner Sheena Easton, appearing July 31, rose to fame in the early 1980s with the pop hits “9 to 5 (Morning Train),” “For Your Eyes Only” and “Sugar Walls.” Two decades later, she enjoyed brief runs at the Rio and Hilton hotels in Las Vegas.

The free fair lineup wraps up Aug. 1 with Cross Canadian Ragweed, an alternative country band that claims influences ranging from Van Halen to Stevie Ray Vaughn to Dwight Yoakam.

“They’re a popular underground, undiscovered act,” Keffury said of the band. “It’ll be a fun Sunday night.”

The fair runs July 21 through Aug. 1 at the Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Drive in Paso Robles. For information, call 238-3565 or visit http://www.midstatefair.com.

-- Sarah Linn

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