Melissa Etheridge to play Durham Fair

Melissa Etheridge to play Durham Fair

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DURHAM — Melissa Etheridge will headline the Durham Fair’s Friday concert. 

The Durham Fair Association announced this week the singer-songwriter is scheduled to play Sept. 28 on the main stage.

Wendy Manemeite, entertainment coordinator, said she has wanted to bring Etheridge to the fair for the past few years.

“This year we were early enough,” she said. “We were able to get onto her schedule.”

Etheridge’s 30-year career includes hits “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” for which she won a Grammy Award in 1995, from her six-times platinum album “Yes I Am.”

She also won a Grammy in 1993 for Best Female Rock Vocal for her song “Ain’t It Heavy” and an Oscar in 2007 for Best Original Song.

“She works very well for New England,” Manemeite said. “She’ll be a great act.”

The Saturday main stage concert and the list of local acts are slated to be announced later this week. The announcement of the novelty event comes in two weeks.

Manemeite said Saturday’s band is a “young country act.”

She added that the fair association received almost 300 applications for the three other performance stages.

The fair is scheduled for Sept. 27-30.


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