What do you get when you mix pop, hip-hop and reggae? The infectious sounds of Sugar Ray, the band that has produced such hits as “Fly,” “When it’s Over,” and “Answer the Phone.” The band brings its one-of-a-kind sound to Pomona to rock the L.A. County Fair Friday, Sept. 16, at the End of Summer Concert Series, presented by Toyota.
Formed in Orange County in 1992, the four members – Mark McGrath, vocals; Rodney Sheppard, guitar; Murphy Karges, bass; and Stan Frazier, drums – had been playing together in a hard rock/heavy metal cover band, Shrinky Dinx, since the late ‘80s. Concertgoers took to their music and soon the band had a following as it toured throughout the L.A. and San Diego areas. Its sound and talent landed them a record deal in 1994 with Atlantic Records.
Changing their name from Shrinky Dinx to Sugar Ray in 1994 due to copyright laws, the group started to change its sound as it incorporated Craig Bullock’s, or DJ Homicide, turntables into the mix. With a new member added and new styles to create, the band produced the 1997 single “Fly,” a combination of reggae, hip-hop and pop beats. Since its first album release, the band has produced three more, one of which went triple platinum, and churned out popular singles such as “When it’s Over,” “Fall Apart,” “Someday” and their latest release, “Answer the Phone.”
Sugar Ray will perform at the Fair at 8 p.m. General admission seating is free. Reserved seating is $17.50. Box seating is $20 and stageside seating is $60. Tickets may be purchased for the End of Summer Concert Series at the Fairplex credentials office located at 1101 W. McKinley Ave., or at all Ticketmaster locations or through the Web sites www.lacountyfair.com and www.ticketmaster.com.
The Fair is scheduled to run Sept. 9-Oct. 2, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Live thoroughbred horse racing returns Sept. 9-26, closed Tuesdays only. For more information about the Fair, call (909) 623-3111. /b.js>