3 Doors Down to Perform on New First Night at Chevy Court

The Band Behind Big Hits Like “Kryptonite” Will Be First-Ever Wednesday Night Fair Opener

Rock band 3 Doors Down returns to the Great New York State Fair to provide an exciting climax to the Fair’s earliest start in at least a century, Acting Director Troy Waffner announced today. The band’s 8 p.m. performance on Chevy Court will come on the first day of the Fair’s expanded 13-day schedule.

Formed in 1995, Grammy Award-nominated multiplatinum Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down consistently captivates audiences worldwide. The quintet’s many accolades include selling 16 million albums globally, receiving three Grammy nominations, and winning two American Music Awards. Their debut, “The Better Life,” became certified six-times RIAA platinum in 2000 and was fueled by the success of juggernaut hit “Kryptonite.” This was followed by 2002’s sophomore album, “Away from the Sun,” which went triple-platinum and saw similar success with “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You.” 2005’s platinum “Seventeen Days” and 2008’s “3 Doors Down” each earned No. 1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200, while “Time of My Life” landed at No. 3 in 2011. Ignited by the single “In The Dark,” 3 Doors Down unleashed their sixth full-length album, “Us and the Night,” which debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 in 2016.

"We’re excited to begin this new day of Fair programming with such a great band. I know everyone’s going to love having one more day to enjoy the Fair and 3 Doors Down will bring that new day to a thrilling close," said Waffner.

This will be the 3rd appearance at the Great New York State Fair for 3 Doors Down, having performed here in 2005 and 2011.

Concerts at Chevy Court are sponsored by Chevrolet.

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About the Great New York State Fair

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 23 to September 4, 2017. The Fair's mission, reflected in its theme, "Find Your Great...," is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

The 375-acre New York State Fairgrounds is undergoing the most significant transformation since it first opened its gates in 1890. The $50 million plan, announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, revitalizes the grounds in many ways, improving the quality of the fairgoer’s experience and providing greater economic benefits for the region. Improvements include the dramatic new Main Gate— the arches of which recall the carriage gate that greeted fairgoers in 1900, a larger, 15-acre Wade Shows Midway that will hold more rides than ever, and the brand new 315-site Empire RV Park with underground water, sewer and electrical service. The plan will better position the New York State Fairgrounds as a premier year-round, multi-use facility that can attract more events and visitors from across the nation. Renderings can be viewed here.

A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Flickr.com/photos/nysfair. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at statefairideas@agriculture.ny.gov.

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