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Los Lobos headlines FAIRFest featuring 40 free bands in Fairfield, Iowa

Los Lobos celebrating their 40th anniversary with tour, stopping in downtown Fairfield, Iowa

FAIRFIELD, (Iowa) - Los Lobos, David Lindley, Rebirth Brass Band, Mike Dillon and Charanga Tropical headline 40 bands in an all-free, three-day festival, June 20-22 in Fairfield, Iowa.

Three-time Grammy winners, Los Lobos is on its 40th anniversary tour this year.

"When you look at the Los Lobos summer schedule, to get a band of this caliber coming to a town of 9,500 in southeast Iowa, that's a major coupe for Fairfield," said James Moore, station manager at KRUU 100.1 FM, main FAIRfest sponsors. "A free full weekend of killer music in a great little town, only the second year, but what a great tradition is building."

Los Lobos came to instant fame with the remake of "La Bamba," a Mexican folk song given a rock and roll twist when first recorded by Ritchie Valens in 1958. The song was also the name of the hit movie, which featured Los Lobos performing the soundtrack.

The Fairfest Friday, June 20 lineup begins with vibraphonist Mike Dillon Band of San Antonio, Texas; who closed last year's festival with Glenn Hartman of the New Orleans Klezmer All Stars, and bassist Jim Singleton; followed by Charanga Tropical, a nine-piece Cuban Salsa band with a large Latin rhythm section.

David Lindley, long-time slide guitarist with the Jackson Browne Band, is next up before Los Lobos takes the stage at 9 p.m.

FAIRfest continues Saturday, June 21, with other nationally recognized bands. Named Fox Sports Band-of-the-Month, Nashville-based rock and roll band MODOC, whose "Devil on My Shoulder" is lead-in for two network series, will perform at 6 p.m.

Grammy winning Rebirth Brass Band is declared as "no better band on earth" by drummer Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Rebirth launches their high-powered New Orleans style jazz performance Saturday night at 8:30 with a public-participation-invited, 2nd Line parade around the Fairfield square before taking the main stage.

Iowa-based bands Christopher the Conquered, Little Ruckus, Mumfords, Bambu, Jason Carl and the Whole Dam Band, and David Zollo round out Saturday's packed day-long festival schedule starting at noon.

The grass-roots festival continues Sunday, June 23, at noon with a variety of offerings, including Chad Elliott, Milltown, the Apocalypso Tantric Boys Choir, with the Dana T horns, Robert Reeder Project, Jefferson County Green band who recently finished in the top three blues bands in Iowa; Pieta Brown; and The Pines, an Indie rock band from Minneapolis. The Mike Dillon band returns to close the festival at 9 p.m.

FAIRfest carries on after hours Friday and Saturday nights with musical artists performing both scheduled and impromptu jam sessions in local pubs and eateries. Complete indoor and outdoor lineups, beverage garden hours, lodging options, and literary, art and sustainability events surrounding the festival can be found at

FAIRfest is in its second year and organizers say it is now promised to be an annual event the third weekend in June.

For more information on Fairfield, Iowa visit including, lodging, camping, attraction and restaurant opportunities.





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