This We Promise You… Joey Fatone and AJ McLean are sure to be Larger Than Life at The New York State Fair This Summer

This We Promise You… Joey Fatone and AJ McLean are sure to be Larger Than Life at The New York State Fair This Summer

We “never wanna hear you say” “bye bye bye” to these pop legends! The Great New York State Fair is thrilled to announce longtime friends Joey Fatone and AJ McLean are “syncing up” this summer to “rock everybody” at the Fair! The pair hit the road in March as part of the “A Legendary Night Tour,” performing the biggest hits from each of their respective bands, and will take the Suburban Park Stage on Wednesday, August 21 at 8 p.m.

AJ McLean is known by fans across the world as a beloved member of the Backstreet Boys, a musical group known for its countless hits, record-setting tours, numerous awards and worldwide sales in excess of $130 million. As a seasoned performer, McLean has been performing some of pop music’s biggest hits – featuring tightly crafted songs, floor-shaking rhythms, and unmistakable harmonies – for over twenty years.

Over the last few years, McLean has been hitting the road with the Backstreet Boys for the band’s international, stadium-filling “DNA Tour,” which performed over 150 shows across five continents. The band, comprising McLean, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson, also released their documentary series “Making of the DNA Tour” in 2022. Recently, McLean released a new single called "Electric" and will have more solo music coming out this year.

Joey Fatone first rose to fame as a member of the record-shattering, multi-platinum boyband *NSYNC. Following the band’s incredible success with albums that sold over 10 million copies and countless awards, Fatone took on projects spanning from television, film and Broadway, and beyond, including Fat Ones, a hot dog business based in Orlando, Florida. In November of 2019, during Epcot's Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat series, Joey performed three days of Joey Fatone and Friends, entertaining fans alongside Chris KirkPatrick, Ryan Cabrera, Nathan Morris of BOYZ II MEN, MC Search and more. And, in August 2021, Fatone brought together brought together some of pop superstars like Wanya Morris, Nick Carter and AJ McLean for the AFTR PRTY, an intimate pop classics for a sold-out residency in Las Vegas.

Fatone recently made headlines with a long-awaited reunion with his bandmates in NSYNC, releasing their first single in nearly 20 years in November 2023. The track, “Better Place,” was featured on the soundtrack of the third main installment in the Trolls franchise, the “Trolls Band Together.” The five members, including Fatone, Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick, also made headlines during a united public appearance at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards. He recently reunited with the band in Los Angeles that turned into another viral moment.

“There’s nothing quite like the timeless, catchy, singalong pop music of the early 2000s,” said State Fair Interim Director Julie LaFave.  “We’re so excited to be bringing these iconic pop powerhouses to the Great New York State Fair. There’s no question that this summer, the Fair will be the the place to be to sing along with an impressive selection of greatest hits!”

The Fair starts Wednesday, August 21, and runs through Labor Day, Monday, September 2. All concerts are included in the price of admission, which will go on sale later this summer. The Great New York State Fair is the most affordable state fair in the country.

In total, The Fair’s Chevrolet Music Series will feature 39 national recording acts. There will be a daily 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. concert at Chevy Court (located near Gate 1), and a daily 8 p.m. concert at Suburban Park (located on the western end of the Fairgrounds, beyond the Midway).

All concerts announced thus far are provided in the charts below. Fair staff will continue to update schedules on the Fair’s website at pages dedicated to Chevy Court and Suburban Park.

Chevy Court:

Wednesday, August 21 1:00 p.m. Chubby Checker
Wednesday, August 21 6:00 p.m. 90s Rewind: Iconic Digital Underground, Tone Loc, & Color Me Badd
Thursday, August 22 1:00 p.m. RVSHVD
Friday, August 23 1:00 p.m. Sophie B. Hawkins
Friday, August 23 6:00 p.m. Sister Sledge
Saturday, August 24 1:00 p.m. Kidz Bop
Sunday, August 25 1:00 p.m. The Elders
Monday, August 26 1:00 p.m. Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
Monday, August 26 6:00 p.m. CAIN
Tuesday, August 27 1:00 p.m. Little Anthony and the Imperials
Tuesday, August 27 6:00 p.m. Blue Öyster Cult
Wednesday, August 28 6:00 p.m. Danielle Ponder
Thursday, August 29 6:00 p.m. Chapel Hart
Sunday, September 1 1:00 p.m. Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour

Suburban Park:

Wednesday, August 21 8:00 p.m. Joey Fatone and AJ McLean
Friday, August 23 8:00 p.m. TLC
Sunday, August 25 8:00 p.m. Dropkick Murphys
Wednesday, August 28 8:00 p.m. Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
Saturday, August 31 8:00 p.m. Brian Kelley

Founded in 1841, the Great New York State Fair showcases the best of New York agriculture, provides top-quality entertainment, and is a key piece of the state’s CNY Rising strategy of growing the Central New York economy through tourism. It is the oldest fair in the United States and is consistently recognized as being among the top five state fairs in the nation.

The New York State Fairgrounds is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. Audiences are encouraged to learn more about the Great New York State Fair online, browse photos on Flickr, and follow the fun on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.