The Music

The Pepper Festival takes the music line up very seriously. We feel that the artists and bands we choose make up the soundtrack for the day while festival goers check out our amazing vendors, hot sauces and incredible food offerings. That’s why we have chosen – very carefully – the acts listed below. Funk, rock, r&b, country and more, the music at The Pepper Festival will be upbeat, fun and you’ll have to work very hard not to dance throughout the Gold Country Fairgrounds. We can’t wait!

Check this page often while we add to the list. Acts on this page are subject to change.

Last Update: September 12

BAD INFLUENCE

ROBERT CRAY TRIBUTE BAND

Burnin’ Vernon and Bad Influence is a Robert Cray tribute band who also plays Funk, Rock, R&B…and they ROCK. Their rhythm section is super tight as is their backup vocals and Vernon’s voice and guitar talents really send them to another level. You’ll be on your feet for their show.

Burnin’ Vernon and Bad Influence is located in San Jose, CA.

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BAY COMPANY

BAD COMPANY TRIBUTE BAND

Experience the high-energy performance of Bay Company, the premiere Bad Company Tribute Band that captivates and transports audiences back to the 1970’s and 1980’s when Bad Company was on top of the charts. Bay Company’s rhythmic blend of musicianship, creativity and tradition provides for a classic rock ‘n’ roll experience second to none.

Bay Company is located in the Bay Area, CA.

Bay Company

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FBI BAND

THE BEST OF MOTOWN & SOUL

Spending time with FBI, is like spending time with old Friends . . .

Some of those old friends include: The Temptations, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Aretha, Etta James, Martha & The Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, The Staple Singers, Marvin Gaye also Sly and the Family Stone, WAR and many more.

FBI Band is located in Sacramento, CA.

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HELLO AGAIN

THE CARS TRIBUTE

Hello Again is made up of a group of veteran Sacramento musicians. They’ll be playing the hits from The Cars like Hello Again (der), Just What I Needed, Bye Bye Love, Shake It Up, Drive, You Might Think, My Best Friend’s Girl, Good Times Roll, Let’s Go, You’re All I’ve Got Tonight as well as some deeper cuts for hardcore Cars fans.

Hello Again is located in Sacramento, CA.

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ROBBY JAMES

& THE STREETS OF BAKERSFIELD

Robby James & The Streets of Bakersfield is a band that is keeping alive the traditional country sound that originated out of Bakersfield, CA.

You’ll hear songs from classic country artists like Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Joe Maphis and Carl Perkins as well as some newer artists.

Robby James & The SOBs are based in Bakersfield, CA (der) and Grass Valley, CA.

Robby James & The SOBs

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PETTY LUV

A TRIBUTE TO TOM PETTY

What started as a tribute concert celebrating the life of Tom Petty after his sudden passing in October of 2017 turned into a band that has been performing ever since to great reviews.

They do Petty’s music justice with all the passion of true fans. It’s the perfect music to play at the festival.

They will have special guest Michael Ward (School of Fish, Wall Flowers, John Hiatt, Ben Harper, Gogol Bordello) on lead guitar.

Petty Luv is located in Nevada City, CA.

Petty Luv

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