The Celebrate Fairfax! Festival all four of the national headlining concerts for the 29th annual festival. The festival, which will take place June 11-13, 2010 on the 25-acre grounds of the Fairfax County Government Center, will feature performances on the Bud Light Main Stage by: RUSTED ROOT, CAROLINA LIAR, KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND, JOSH THOMPSON and JIMMY WAYNE.
RUSTED ROOT – Formed in Pittsburgh by singer/guitarist Michael Glabicki in the early ‘90s, RUSTED ROOT’S worldly style quickly charmed fans of roots music and world rock. After debuting in 1992 with the self released Cruel Sun, RUSTED ROOT released the 1994 platinum selling breakthrough When I Woke, which featured the hit songs “Send Me On My Way,” “Ecstasy” and “Martyr.” Not long after, the band scored on tours with Toad the Wet Sprocket, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, HORDE Festival and, perhaps most notably, the highly coveted support role on the landmark Jimmy Page/Robert Plant reunion tour. RUSTED ROOT will be touring in support of their latest album, Stereo Radio.
CAROLINA LIAR – Based in Los Angeles, the rock band CAROLINA LIAR released their first major debut album in 2008, and their success story has proven to be as captivating as their music. Influences of Duran Duran, Iggy Pop, Depeche Mode, and The Cure have produced a unique style of infectious pop music and a deeper rock discourse, often branded “new wave” or “euro centric”. The group, headed by singer/song writer/guitarist Chad Wolf, includes an all-Swedish band with drummer Max Grahn, guitarists Jim Gandara and Rickard Goransson, bassist Erik Haager and keyboardist Johan Carlsson. CAROLINA LIAR’s history began with the Chad Wolf’s relentless zeal, leading him to a chance meeting with famed Swedish producer, Max Martin. Catching the attention of Atlantic Records, CAROLINA LIAR’s juxtaposition of desperation and hope have yielded popular songs such as “Show Me What I’m Looking For”, “I’m Not Over” “Beautiful World”, and “Something to Die For.”
KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND – From the mid- to late ’70s, the multi-member and racially integrated group, KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND, led by Harry Wayne “KC” Casey and Richard Finch racked up some of the era’s biggest and instantly recognizable dance hits. The group had an impressive run of disco hits including: 1977′s “Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty),” “I’m Your Boogieman,” “Keep It Comin’ Love,” “Boogie Shoes” (the latter included on the monster-selling soundtrack to the hit John Travolta disco movie, Saturday Night Fever), 1979′s “Do You Wanna Go Party,” and 1980′s “Please Don’t Go.” The 1990s saw an appreciation of everything ’70s swept across the U.S., which led to a renewed interest in bands from the era, prompting KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND to re-form for concert performances and release multiple collections of their countless “hits.”
JOSH THOMPSON – A compelling singer, JOSH THOMPSON is an artist whose songwriting reflects both the gritty realities of blue-collar life and the beer-fueled release of the Friday-night honky-tonk. JOSH THOMPSON kicked off his career in 2009, when the songwriter released his first Top 40 country single, “Beer on the Table,” and co-authored a song for Jason Michael Carroll’s Top Ten album Growing Up Is Getting Old. JOSH THOMPSON’S Columbia Nashville debut, Way Out Here, showcases the man who has lived the music he makes. At its core are “Who I am” songs like: “Name In This Town,” “I’ve Always Been Me,” “You Ain’t Seen Country Yet,” “Sinner,” and “Way Out Here.”
JIMMY WAYNE – JIMMY WAYNE’S remake of the Hall & Oates pop classic “Sara Smile” is now the centerpiece of an album that showcases his formidable talents as both a vocalist and a songwriter. His soulful singing permeates every note of such soaring, powerful ballads as “All the Time in the World,” “Belongs to You” and “Counting the Days.” He rocks splendidly on “There’s a Memory” and “Things I Believe.” The new album caps what has been an extraordinary year for JIMMY WAYNE. “Do You Believe Me Now” soared to the top of the country charts, was No. 1 for three weeks, and became one of the biggest hits of 2008-2009. He toured with Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley and played Madison Square Garden. Nashville Lifestyles magazine named him one of its “Beautiful People of 2009.”
With more than 90 performances on six stages located throughout the festival site, Celebrate Fairfax! has music that will appeal to a wide variety of guests. More than 30 of the best local and regional bands will be showcased on one of the festival’s side stages. For a full list and schedule of Celebrate Fairfax! entertainers, please periodically visit www.celebratefairfax.com.