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Downtown Visalia Expo to feature three bands 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, May 18

Downtown Visalia Expo to feature three bands 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, May 18


VISALIA – Why settle for one band when you can book three? 

That was the theory behind this year’s musical lineup for the 2018 Downtown Expo from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, May 18. In addition to food, drinks and games, downtown Visalia will be rocking with three high energy, local bands with national reputations.

JJ Brown will kick off the concert card with his brand of storytelling country music. The singer songwriter began his musical career on the Chickamauga Battlefield near Chattanooga, Tenn. before serving in the U.S. Navy during the War Against Terrorism and Operation Iraqi Freedom. After the Navy, Brown moved to Nashville where he worked as an assistant engineer and singing back ground vocals on miscellaneous indie label projects. Brown co-wrote a song titled “Through All The Earth” with the band The Turning and Grammy Award winning producer Nathan Dantzler (ND Rock), while the band was signed to the record label Rocket Town. The song was placed on the album “Learning to Loose” which was placed in Wal-Mart, F.Y.E., and many other popular retail chains nationally. He has shared the stage with artist like Clint Black, Kevin Costner, Peter Frampton, the Doobie Brothers, Austin Webb and Drake White.

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Up next is the Valley’s favorite cover band, Run4Cover. The 10-member band based out of Visalia has been delighting audiences throughout California for more than two decades. Run4Cover has opened for a number of headliners including Chicago, James Brown, the Temptations, and Huey Lewis and the News. The band features three talented female vocalists, a blazing three-piece horn section, and a very tight, four-piece rhythm section including two superb male vocalists. Five different lead singers provide the band with incredible variety of genre and diversity in sound, with a little something for every evening’s entertainment.

Last but certainly not least is the headliner, Aubrey Road. The duo of Austin Reed and Brianna Padilla, who was a contestant on American Idol where she made it to Vegas week in 2015. The very next year Aubrey Road cut their debut EP Red Light with Grammy-nominated producer Brian Kolb. The EP would feature Rob McNelley on guitar. Aubrey Road also managed to stir the interest and support of Garth Brook lead player and Trisha Yearwood’s manager Johnny Garcia who continues to support their efforts.

Since cutting their 2nd EP with Kolb, Aubrey Road has been selected as Nash Next’s top 40 finalists beating out 2200 country acts and was nominated as one of 2017’s up and coming country acts to watch by Shutter Magazine. The duo has opened for The Band Perry, Cassadee Pope, Micheal Ray, Billy Currington, Shooter Jennings and Lo Cash. If 2017 is any indicator of what 2018 has in store for Aubrey Road it’s going to be a very busy year for this duo.

“This event really speaks to the vibrancy of our downtown and is another example of activities that bring people here,” said Steve Nelson, executive director of Downtown Visalians.

Tickets for this year’s Downtown Expo are $20 each and children 10 and under are free. Five dollars of each ticket will go to the American Cancer Society for cancer research. Tickets are available on eventbrite.com. For more information on the event, call 559-732-7737 or email info@downtownvisalia.com.

This year’s Downtown Expo is also a preview of some of the cars which will be showcased at the Breakfast Lions Car Show the following day. Held on Saturday, May 19, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the car show. Registration and check is 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Main Street between Willis and Johnson streets. Pre-registration is on the south side of the street and all others on the north side, both facing east. Entry fee is $30 in advance or $35 the day of. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to the public. For more information, visit visaliabreakfastlions.org. 

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