Tom Petty fans, get ready to “Breakdown” at the San Mateo County Fair.
Petty & The Heartshakers, a Tom Petty tribute band, is slated for June 11 at the 2019 San Mateo County Fair.
All main stage concert general admission seating is free with fair admission, on an open seating, space-available basis. For reserved seating, the fair’s Gold Circle admission includes fair admission plus reserved prime seating in Fiesta Hall (main stage). Gold Circle tickets are just $40. Gold Circle, discount admission and discount carnival wristbands go on sale on March 11.
“Tom Petty was an iconic guitarist and his rock band was pivotal in the music scene in the 1970s and 1980s” said Dana Stoehr, chief executive officer of the San Mateo County Event Center and Fair. “Petty & The Heartshakers recreates the Heartbreakers’ memorable music through an outstanding tribute that will make you want to sing and dance.” Hearing how he resembles Tom Petty, and after being pushed by his peers in 2016 to start a tribute band, Dan Grennes watched the “Runnin’ Down a Dream” documentary. He began to strongly identify with Tom Petty the artist, developing a deep regard for him and his work.
“The day we all lost Tom was a very tragic one,” said Grennes. Grennes now seeks to keep Petty’s music alive and respectfully channels Petty in his own personal way. Grennes is lead vocals and guitar and played with Melissa Etheridge, Billie Joe Armstrong and Jim Breuer. The sought-after Petty tribute band also includes Les Warner on bass; Chris Cicchino on lead guitar; Andy Gerold on drums; Brenda Fitz on keyboards; and Sara D’Arce on background vocals.