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Sierra High grad brings solo act to SJ Fair
Sierra High School graduate Esteban Torres, Jr. continues his three-day solo act today in the fine arts building at the San Joaquin County Fair. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO


• THEME: Celebrating 150 Years of Good Times
• LOCATION: San Joaquin County fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton
• WHEN: Today
• HOURS: Noon to 10 p.m.
• ADVANCE TICKETS: Adults $6, children $3
• REGULAR ADMISSION: Adults $9; children $5 (kids age 5 and under are free)
• CONCERTS / 8 P.M. START TIME: Tonight Lupillo Rivera
• HORSE RACING: Today 12:45 p.m.
• INFORMATION: Phone 209-466-5739 or go to

As an entertainer, he goes by the name Esteban. The up-and-coming singer, songwriter and soon-to-be psychology major at the California State University in Sacramento has brought his solo act to the San Joaquin County Fair.

You can catch his performances all day today in the fairgrounds’ Building No. 2  which houses the fine arts, photography, woodworking, and mechanical drawings exhibits. The building is right next to the Main Stage area.

The Sierra High School graduate’s varied repertoire runs the gamut - from his original compositions which can be described as upbeat and at times soulful, to a smorgasbord of pop tunes and some golden oldies.

“I’m playing a lot of different songs, plus my original songs so I’m really excited about it,” said Esteban who just received his Associate in Arts degree from San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton where he was a straight A student during his final semester. The 21-year-old, who says “music is therapy,” was a member of Sierra High’s Class of 2005. “I graduated early,” he said.

He is now getting ready to attend Sacramento State this fall, but in the meantime, he is cramming as many gigs as he can possibly handle before the summer is over. Most recently, he played with the Mike Torres Band when USA Motors in Lathrop held its Customer Appreciation evening highlighted by the car raffle drawing to benefit the American Cancer Society Lathrop Relay for Life in August. The car was donated to the cause by USA Motors owners Steve and Rhonda Ramsey. The car was won by the Lathrop Youth Focus.

At the county fair, Esteban accompanies his solo numbers on the keyboard which is just one of several musical instruments that he plays. He also plays the saxophone and the trumpet, among other instruments.

Esteban’s full name is Esteban Torres Jr. He is a member of the band that made Lathrop famous - the Mike Torres Band founded by his grandfather, Mike Sr. who also teaches at Delta College.

Almost everyone in the three-generation family are members of the band. Among the few who followed the beat of a different drummer is his father, Esteban Sr., who currently works at a warehouse in Tracy. The musician is the oldest of Esteban Sr. and wife Alicia’s three children, two boys and one girl. The girl is Secilia whom the entertainer Esteban describes as “my biggest supporter.” A recent graduate of Venture Academy in Stockton, Secilia “helps me with everything - printing ads, taking videos of me” during performances, plus helps set up the stage.

You can catch Esteban’s performance today at the fair from noon to 7 p.m., except during short breaks.