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38 Special to rock into the night at the Santa Barbara County Fair

SANTA MARIA— They may sing a song called “Hold on Loosely,” but when 38 Special takes the stage July 12 at the Santa Barbara County Fair, audiences will want to hang on tight for a raucous good time.

After more than three decades together, 38 Special continues to deliver powerful performances of its signature Southern rock sound to audiences. The band is known for 1980s and 1990s hits like “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Chain Lightnin’,” “Second Chance,” and more.

Santa Maria Fairpark CEO Richard Persons expects an outstanding performance from the band known for its arena-rock anthems.

“What’s great about these guys is they’re about putting on a great show, they’re about the music, and audiences instantly recognize nearly every song as soon as those opening notes ring out from the stage.,” Persons said. “They put on a solid rock performance that’s unforgettable.”

The band’s many Gold and Platinum album awards, along with sales in excess of 20 million, stand in testament to the endurance of their legendary powerhouse status. It’s a legacy that’s held up well through the years.

Guitarist/vocalist Don Barnes said it’s all about maintaining that intensity in their live shows.

“We never wanted to be one of those bands that had maybe gotten a little soft or complacent over the years. We’re a team, and it’s always been kind of an unspoken rule that we don’t slack up, we stack up. We go out there every night to win.”

Completing the team is guitarist/vocalist Danny Chauncey, bassist Barry Dunaway, drummer Gary Moffatt, and keyboardist/vocalist Bobby Capps. Santa Barbara County Fair audiences can expect many of their old favorites as well as some fresh new material from the band.

Barnes described 38 Special performances this way: “When those lights go down and we all walk up those steps to the stage and hear that crowd roar, it’s a real rush to the head. It feels like we’re getting ready to strap ourselves in and it just takes off from there.”

The band will perform Wednesday, July 12, at the Santa Barbara County Fair as part of the Bud Light Concert Series on the KCOY Main Stage. The concert is free with paid admission.

The Santa Barbara County Fair runs July 12-16. For more information, visit or Like us on Facebook.

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