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ALINCIA VELA (right) and members of her Vela family band will be on stage next week at the Yolo County Fair. She won the amateur ‘Yolo Idol’ contest at the fair four years ago.  There’s still time to sign up for this year’s ‘Yolo Idol’ singing contest. (Courtesy photo/Suckseeding Photography)

ALINCIA VELA (right) and members of her Vela family band will be on stage next week at the Yolo County Fair. She won the amateur ‘Yolo Idol’ contest at the fair four years ago. There’s still time to sign up for this year’s ‘Yolo Idol’ singing contest.
(Courtesy photo/Suckseeding Photography)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 6, 2014 –

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

As Yolo’s free-admission county fair gets set to kick off next Wednesday, Marty DeAnda invites West Sacramentans to partake of its free entertainment – and maybe become part of the show.

DeAnda, born-and-raised in West Sacramento, is the Woodland fair’s entertainment director for the second year in a row. That means he is the guy in charge of booking the professional acts as well as running the “Yolo Idol” talent contest.

Opening night (August 13) will feature “The Legendary Mike McGowan and the Mighty Delta Roadmasters.” McGowan is a retired West Sacramento mayor and county supervisor.

Drummer Mike McGowan (right) and vocalist Cindy Tuttle (center) are part of the ‘Legendary Mike McGowan and the Mighty Delta Roadmasters.’ They’re also both former West Sac mayors. (courtesy photo)

Drummer Mike McGowan (right) and vocalist Cindy Tuttle (center) are part of the ‘Legendary Mike McGowan and the Mighty Delta Roadmasters.’ They’re also both former West Sac mayors. (courtesy photo)

Another West Sac-oriented band is “Alincia and the Banda Velas.”

“Alincia actually won the Yolo Idol contest four years ago,” said DeAnda. “She’s an amazing singer.” Alincia and her Vela family band will play on Friday, Aug. 15.

And there’s plenty of outside talent planning to show up.

“Our talent is at even a higher level than last year,” DeAnda reports. “Cold Blood is a great band – it was the sister band of Tower of Power. Lydia Pense is the heir apparent to Janis Joplin.”

That band will hit the stage on Saturday, August 16.  It’s free to listen to Cold Blood at the fair, DeAnda notes, although “usually Cold Blood is a $30 ticket” when you catch them elsewhere.

And on Thursday, August 14, the will feature “Walking Spanish,” led by 25-year old Alex Nelson – brother of Sacramento sensation Jackie Greene. That’s also the night for Yolo Idol – an “American Idol”-style talent contest to which you are invited to try your finely-honed karaoke skills.

There’s still room for a few more entries into Yolo Idol, DeAnda said.

“I think we’re at 14 or 15 acts, and we’re only going to take 20,” he said. “There are cash prizes, and we’re also planning on giving the winner a highlighted spot on ‘Good Day Sacramento.’ It’s a great place to showcase your talent – the event usually draws 600 to a thousand spectators.”

Interested in bringing your voice (and your stage presence and your appearance) to Yolo Idol to be scored competitively? Contact DeAnda at marty@digmusic.com.

For more information about all the entertainment and other attractions at the Yolo County Fair this year, visit www.YoloFair.net. The fair runs Aug. 13-17 at 1250 E. Gum Avenue in Woodland. Entry and most entertainment is free; rides, food and some events require a ticket purchase.

You may also call (530) 402-2222 for information.

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Steve Marschke

Steve Marschke