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Melissa Etheridge

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Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which led to an appearance on the 1989 Grammy Awards show. For several years, her popularity grew around such memorable originals as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs” and “Ain’t It Heavy,” for which she won a Grammy®️ in 1992. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am (1993). The collection featured the massive hits, “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” a searing song of longing that brought Etheridge her second Grammy®️ Award for Best Female Rock Performance.
In 1995, Etheridge issued her highest charting album, Your Little Secret, which was distinguished by the hit single, “I Want to Come Over.” Her astounding success that year led to Etheridge receiving the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996.

Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades. In February 2007, Melissa Etheridge celebrated a career milestone with a victory in the “Best Song” category at the Academy®️ Awards for “I Need to Wake Up,” written for the Al Gore documentary on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth. As a performer and songwriter, Etheridge has shown herself to be an artist who has never allowed “inconvenient truths” to keep her down. Earlier in her recording career, Etheridge acknowledged her sexual orientation when it was considered less than prudent to do so. In October 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer, a health battle that, with her typical tenacity, she won. Despite losing her hair from chemotherapy, Etheridge appeared on the 2005 Grammy®️ telecast to sing “Piece of My Heart” in tribute to Janis Joplin. By doing so she gave hope too many women afflicted with the disease.

On October 7, 2016 Melissa Etheridge released Memphis Rock & Soul, her first album since 2014’s critically lauded This Is M.E. Recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis, the album received stellar reviews from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Parade, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and more. She followed that up with the release of The Medicine Show in April, 2019. For The Medicine Show, Melissa reunited with celebrated producer John Shanks and sounds as rousing as ever, bringing a new level of artistry to her 15th studio recording. The Medicine Show deals with universal themes of renewal, reconciliation, reckoning, compassion and, most profoundly, healing.

Ticket Types

Dinner Package

$141

Dinner package includes tickets in the center section, dinner in the Del Mar Turf Club, and preferred parking. Concert seating is closest to the stage.
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Terrace

$54

Reserved; tickets are seat-specific. The view is level with the stage. Center-section terrace seats are at four-person tables with wait service for food and beverages.
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2nd and 4th levels

$44

Reserved; tickets are seat-specific. 2nd level seats are slightly behind and higher than the Terrace seats; 4th level seats are at the front of the Grandstand balcony. Both areas have unobstructed views.
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3rd and 5th levels

Unreserved; General Admission. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 3rd level seats are behind the 2nd level; 5th level seats are behind the 4th level, all under a roof supported by pillars (some seats have obstructed views).
Free with Fair Admission

If you have Fair admission

From $25

If you already have Fair admission (examples: Best Pass Ever season pass, Exhibit entrant), you can buy this concert ticket type, which does not include Fair admission. These tickets are sold exclusively through the Fair's Box Office.
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Seating Policies

  • All concert tickets include Fair admission.
  • Ticket prices do not include Ticketmaster fees. Tickets may be purchased without booking fees at the Fairgrounds Box Office.
  • Infants may be held on an adult’s lap. In ticketed areas, anyone who occupies a seat must have a ticket.
  • No unauthorized solicitation of business of any kind
  • No standing in aisles or corridors to watch the show.
  • No standing on seats
  • Saving more than two seats is prohibited.

Toyota Summer Concert Series Dinner Menu

Dinner service begins 2 1/2 hours prior to show time and closes 30 minutes prior to the start of the show. Dinner packages must be purchased prior to the day of show.


Appetizers

Available at an additional cost of $18

Del Mar’s Famous Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
— or —
Imported and Domestic Cheeses with Grapes | Strawberries and Figs


From the Garden

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Baby Iceberg “Wedge” | Apple Wood Smoked Bacon | Crumbled Gorgonzola | Dassi Farms Tomatoes | “Moody Blues” Smoked Blue Cheese Dressing

Summer Berry Salad | Mixed California Greens | Fresh Summer Berries | Candied Walnuts | Persian Cucumbers | Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette


The Main Event

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Grilled Faroe Islands King Salmon | Roasted Sweet Summer Corn & Edamame Succotash | Cherry Heirloom Tomatoes | Sauteed Rainbow Chard | Blood Orange Beurre Blanc

All Natural Brandt Beef Short Rib | Scalloped Potatoes | Blue Lake Beans | Roasted Rainbow Carrots | Caramelized Shallot Cabernet Sauce

Moroccan Bistro Breast of Chicken | Marinated in Saffron & Yogurt | Preserved Lemon Cous-Cous | Grilled Asparagus | Apricots | Dates | Figs | Pomegranate Molasses Sauce

Grilled Zucchini “Cannelloni” | Wild Mushroom Ragout | Golden Quinoa | Romescu Sauce (V)

Served with Freshly Baked O’Brien’s Boulangerie Dinner Rolls & Creamery Butter


Sweet Ending

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Double Chocolate Ganache Cake | Fresh Raspberries | Raspberry Coulis

Individual Lemon Meringue Tart | Fresh Strawberries | Strawberry Sauce


Camera Policies

Any photography activities that may be deemed a nuisance to the enjoyment of others is prohibited. Personal “point and shoot” cameras are permitted but do not block the view of people around you.

The following photography items are strictly prohibited, and may not be used during concerts:

  • No flash photography
  • No video or audio recording
  • No tablets
  • No cameras with removable lenses
  • No selfie sticks

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I get into the concert area?

Doors to the Grandstand typically open 90 minutes before the show begins. This is an approximate time and may vary depending on crowd size and other factors.

If you are in a general admission area where it is first-come seating, a line-up area will be designated with signage in the Plaza de Mexico area. If you have a ticket with a specific seat, enjoy the Fair activities until you’d like to come to your seat.

My tickets are at Will Call. How do I pick them up?

Tickets ordered through Ticketmaster for pickup at Will Call will be available the day of the concert starting at 10:00AM. The Will Call booth is at the O’Brien Gate, informally known as the “front gate.” At the booth, present your Ticketmaster confirmation number, along with a valid ID (state-issued driver’s license or ID card, passport or military identification).

Can I get something to eat or drink during the concert?

Yes. The stage area has many food-and-beverage locations, or you can buy something from a Fair food vendor and bring it into the concert area.

Can I use my camera?

Any photography activities that may be deemed a nuisance to the enjoyment of others is prohibited. Personal “point and shoot” cameras are permitted, but do not block the view of people around you.

The following photography items are strictly prohibited, and may not be used during concerts:

  • No flash photography
  • No video or audio recording
  • No tablets
  • No cameras with removable lenses
  • No selfie sticks

What are the authorized ticket sellers for Fair concert tickets?

There are only two authorized ticket sellers: Ticketmaster and the Fairgrounds Box Office. We strongly recommend you never purchase Fair concert or festival tickets from any other source. Tickets purchased from non-authorized sources could be counterfeit or stolen, which means the ticket will not be honored, and you will lose the money you paid.

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