This weekend is the solstice, which means Fremont, the center of the universe, is the place to be. The music lineup includes Deltron 3030, Presidents of the United States of America, Fox and the Law, Ayron Jones and the Way.

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The Fremont Solstice Fair, which has been going since 1974, offers a glimpse of Seattle’s quirky, whimsical side, with its famous parade of (painted) nude bicyclists.

But the annual turn-of-the-summer revel should also get some attention for stepping up its musical game. For the past two years, in addition to local acts that can be heard for free, the fair has booked nationally known groups in a gated street venue on North 35th Street, between Evanston Avenue North and Phinney Avenue North, that accommodates up to 3,000 fans.

This year the bill features hip-hop group Deltron 3030 on Friday (June 19) and Seattle alt-rockers the Presidents of the United States of America on Saturday (June 20).

The fair is a project of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, which contracts with Bold Hat Productions to make the event happen.

“Last year was uncharted territory, in a way,” says Chris Porter, who books the mainstage acts. “Phil (Megenhardt, Bold Hat’s president) was feeling some aspects of the fair had gotten stale.”

The shift to national acts seems to have pepped things up. Though the mainstage did not sell out both nights last year, more than 5,000 people paid to see Seattle’s Blue Scholars and Built to Spill.

Last year, Porter said he had wanted to book the Presidents, but they were out of his financial reach. This year, a bump in ticket prices (from $20 to $25) has allowed him to continue with a local angle with PUSA.

Formed in 1993 at the pinnacle of the grunge craze, the band features bassist-vocalist Chris Ballew, drummer-vocalist Jason Finn and vocalist Andrew McKeag, who joined in 2004, when co-founder Dave Dederer left.

Best known for the tunes “Lump,” “Peaches” and “Kitty,” PUSA sold more than 3 million copies of its self-titled debut album.

The band performs infrequently these days, but did manage a European tour in February.

Seattle bands Fox and the Law, solid rockers, and Jones and the Way, featuring the sensational guitar playing of Jones, open the Presidents show.

Since hip-hop worked so nicely the first year with Blue Scholars, Porter said he decided to tip in that direction again.

“Deltron 3030 did a couple of great shows at Showbox and the Croc,” he says. “To me, it was a nice fit in the spirit of the fair.”

Indeed. The zany, futuristic trio fits right in with the Fremont spirit, especially the neighborhood’s famous rocket. Featuring DJ (and graphic novelist) Kid Koala, producer Dan the Automator and rapper Del the Funky Homosapien, Deltron 3030 has prompted comparisons to Sun Ra, thanks to the group’s curious cross of space-travel fantasy and political reality.

Opening for Deltron 3030 are rapper Ra Scion and hip-hip rockers Ayo Dot & the Uppercuts.

Of course, music is only one aspect of the fair. There’s the parade, which begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, and also food trucks, buskers, yoga, a beer garden and art installations.

Fremont Solstice Fair is 6 p.m. Friday, June 19, through 6 p.m. Sunday, June 21, Evanston Avenue North and North 35th Street, Fremont; $25-$30 for main stage shows; two-day pass $45 (