Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge performing at CMSF

PASO ROBLES — Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge are co-headlining on Thursday night, July 18, of the California Mid-State Fair. The 7:30 p.m. concert will take place in the Chumash Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center with Etheridge performing first, followed by Benatar & Giraldo.

Ticket prices for the show are $26, $41, $56, and $71 and will go on sale Friday, March 22. Tickets will be available starting at 10 a.m. online at or by calling 1-800-909- FAIR (3247), and at 1 p.m. at the California Mid-State Fair box office located at 2198 Riverside Ave., Paso Robles

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo have been making music together for four decades. Pat and Neil met each other in 1979 for the first time in a small rehearsal room at SIR Studios in New York City. The rest as they say “is history.” Pat Benatar’s staggering vocals and take-no-prisoners attitude, along with Neil Giraldo’s trailblazing artistry as a guitarist, producer, and songwriter forged the undeniable chemistry and unique sound that created some of rocks most memorable hits including: “We Belong,” “Invincible,” “Love Is A Battlefield,” “Promises In The Dark,” “We Live For Love.”

Together they have created two multiplatinum, five platinum and three gold albums, as well as nineteen Top 40 hits. They have sold over thirty million records worldwide and have won an unprecedented four consecutive Grammy awards.

In 1982, Benatar and Giraldo were married and have two grown daughters. In 2018, they joyfully became grandparents for the first time. Their musical career has endured for 40 years and this summer for their 40th Anniversary, the duo will embark on a multi-city tour, undoubtedly thrilling their fans everywhere.

Since the release of her unforgettable self-titled 1988 debut, Melissa Etheridge’s incredible career to date includes sales of over 25 million albums, five platinum and three multi-platinum records,15 Grammy Award nominations and two wins, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and an Academy Award for “I Need to Wake Up” from the climate change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Her 1993 album “Yes I Am” featured the massive hits, "I'm the Only One" and "Come to My Window." Her last release, “MEmphis Rock & Soul,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Blues Chart. Etheridge has selflessly dedicated herself as an activist for human rights, LGBTQ issues, breast cancer awareness and alternative medical approaches. Her new album, “The Medicine Show,” is out April 12.

The 2019 California Mid-State Fair runs July 17-28 and this year’s theme is “Let’s Have S’More Fun!” Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube.


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