Music is in the air this year at The Great New York State Fair, and boy, what a lineup there is. Between head-banging rock, stomp-and-clap country, rising stars and legends you love growing old with, Chevy Court will have it all. The concert series runs August 21-September 2, with two shows each day. Oh, and if that isn’t enough—all concerts are free to fairgoers!
Mike Powell & The Black River
When a skilled songwriter teams up with the big, clean tones of full-blown band, you get Mike Powell & The Black River. Prepare to groove and sway to porch-party vibes perfect for the summer sun.
Fun fact: Looking for Mike Powell on Facebook? Look for the username @politerebel
When: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 @ 3pm
This rock supergroup has been entertaining audiences for more than 40 years, and it’s bringing the hits to the first night of the 2019 Great New York State Fair. Catch ‘em while you can—this is the only New York State stop in Bad Company’s 15-city tour.
Fun fact: The band’s name came from a picture of an innocent kid looking up at an objectionable character leaning against a lamppost. The picture’s caption read “beware of bad company.”
When: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 @ 8pm
An avid poet, Meyers grabbed a guitar at 16 and began blending folk, pop, soul, blues and more with an edgy yet compassionate vocal styling that resonated with listeners and turned her into a local favorite who’s played across the country.
Fun fact: She was offered a weekly gig at a saloon in Louisiana after the owner heard her play just once.
When: Thursday, August 22, 2019 @ 2pm
This multitalented singer/actor/musician is bringing her life-of-the-party presence to the Chevy Court stage. With a personality that lights up a crowd and a talent that glows even brighter, her show is sure to impress.
Fun fact: Can’t get enough? Catch Grace at Grand Point North, an annual two-day music festival in Burlington, VT, that she helped found back in 2011.
When: Thursday, August 22, 2019 @ 8pm
Magic happens when CNY Songbirds Donna Colton, Maureen Henesey and Joanna Jewett blend their unique voices. No strangers to standing-room-only audiences, these three will create harmonies you won’t forget anytime soon.
Fun fact: Though they’re veterans in the music world, the CNY Songbirds are Fair rookies! This is their debut appearance at The Great New York State Fair.
When: Friday, August 23, 2019 @ 2pm
This violin virtuoso is certified star! With more than 10 million YouTube subscribers, billions of video views and performances across the world, Stirling is a unique talent who will dazzle and mesmerize when she takes center stage at Chevy Court.
Fun fact: More than just sweet-sounding strings, Stirling is known for combining her music with impressive improvised and choreographed dance. Expect to see some moves.
When: Friday, August 23, 2019 @ 8pm
The Brownskin Band with Joe Driscoll
A musical tornado of soul, funk and R&B, this band has been together since 2007 and shows no signs of slowing down. The rap and beatbox styling of Joe Driscoll brings even more flavor to the mix.
Fun fact: One of the band’s major influences, The Roots, will share the same stage at this year’s Fair.
When: Saturday, August 24, 2019 @ 2pm
This Chicago-born Miami-raised rising rap star started out as a producer but quickly took up rapping on his own tracks while in high school. Catch this promising prospect to see what’s next in the world of rap.
Fun fact: Omar Pineiro tried out several monikers, including Lil Water, before finally landing on Smokepurpp.
When: Saturday, August 24, 2019 @ 8pm
Catch this star while he’s still rising! Jimmie Allen is a bright fusion of country, rock, R&B and pop coupled with undeniable songwriting skill.
Fun fact: Jimmie’s debut album, “Mercury Lane,” was named after the street he grew up on.
When: Sunday, August 25, 2019 @ 2pm
After more than 20 years and 6 million albums sold, the hard-partying boys from South Boston are back to amp up the crowd and light up Chevy Court with their stage-stomping sounds.
Fun fact: The band’s Celtic pride shines brightest in the album “Live on St. Patrick’s Day,” which was recorded in Boston in front of a naturally rowdy crowd.
When: Sunday, August 25, 2019 @ 8pm
Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
For the fourth year in a row, one the most popular performers the Fair has ever seen is returning. Led by frontman Peter Noone, the British pop band has sold more than 52 million recordings. That’s a lot of success on one stage.
Fun fact: Peter Noone began performing at the ripe old age of 15. Today, the band performs more than 200 concerts a year.
When: Monday, August 26, 2019 @ 2pm
Hailing from Dripping Springs, TX, this country trio is a smooth concoction of California country, floating harmonies and heart-on-your-sleeve lyricism. Perfect for large crowds under open night skies, don’t miss their debut performance at this year’s Fair.
Fun fact: Don’t doubt their credibility, Midland’s album “On The Rocks” was named the year’s best country album by The Washington Post.
When: Monday, August 26, 2019 @ 8pm
Blood, Sweat & Tears
What started as a jazz-rock experiment has become a decades-long musical adventure that’s found its way to The Great New York State Fair. If you haven’t already, it’s time to join in on the journey.
Fun fact: The group began as an electric rock band, but with horns. They used jazz as the foundation for their music and quickly went down the jazz-rock road.
When: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 2pm
This reggaeton and Latin pop singer hails from Puerto Rico and boasts more than 32 million monthly Spotify listeners. A product of the internet age, his online success gained him notoriety among record executives and the rest was history.
Fun fact: Lots of videos hit a million views, but Farruko’s Calma (Remix) Pedro Capó is sitting at 1.4 BILLION views.
When: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 8pm
This Tex-Mex-meets-country music group is an American musical treasure, with an all-encompassing sound that’s as deep, rousing and entertaining as it is stubbornly impossible to pin down.
Fun fact: The band got its start playing rock clubs because, while they liked to focus on their original songs, country clubs only wanted bands that played covers.
When: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 2pm
Rap icon, actor and entrepreneur Ice Cube is coming to Chevy Court to spread his razor-sharp lyrics and legendary MC abilities. From his days with N.W.A. to his on-screen work in the Barbershop series, it makes you wonder if there’s anything this man can’t do.
Fun fact: In an effort to see his favorite NBA stars play beyond their All-Star days, Ice Cube founded the BIG 3, a prime-time three-on-three basketball league for retired NBA players.
When: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 8pm
Why Don’t We
A true star for the social media generation, pop group Why Don’t We has amassed more than 1 billion global audio streams, 4 million Instagram followers and more than 450 million YouTube views in less than three years. You better believe that buzz you hear will be about the boys from Why Don’t We.
Fun fact: Their tickets go fast! Despite their young career, they’ve already sold out back-to-back North American tours.
When: Thursday, August 29, 2019 @ 2pm
Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe
There’s no questioning the undeniable legacy of Mötley Crüe, and for one night only, Vince Neil’s bringing the glammed out, hard-partying, hair-band hits front and center for a rocking evening at the Fair.
Fun fact: Rock Candy was the band Vince fronted before reuniting with his high school buddy Tommy Lee and forming Mötley Crüe in 1981.
When: Thursday, August 29, 2019 @ 8pm
Grab your boots and get ready for this good ol’ hoedown by Country Swagg, making their debut appearance at this year’s Fair. It’s a yeehaw if ever we’ve seen one!
Country Girl (Shake It for Me)
Fun fact: Although their debut album is up-and-coming, the members of this country pack are no stranger to stages. They’ve been playing 100 shows yearly since 2013!
When: Friday, August 30, 2019 @ 2pm
The leader of grassroots “Yee Yee Nation” himself, Granger Smith, is making his way to the Chevy Court stage after touring two years with country music king Luke Bryan.
Fun fact: Granger Smith has a way with words off the stage, too. His book, “If You’re City, If You’re Country,” immediately spiked to #1 on the Amazon best-seller lists after its pre-order announcement.
When: Friday, August 30, 2019 @ 8pm
New kids to the scene, Atkins Riot strings together creativity and rock to create music most people probably haven’t heard in a while. But what they’ve created is a tasty concoction you’ll want to hear again and again.
Fun fact: Atkins Riot was one of the 2019 SAMMY Award winners for Best Rock Recording and winner of the 2019 Westcott Theater Battle of the Bands.
When: Saturday, August 31, 2019 @ 2pm
Theory of a Deadman
After their sixth studio album, Theory of a Deadman grew frustrated with the songs they were hearing on the alternative and hard rock charts. Now, thanks to the addition of a piano, their music has shifted gears and their newfound sound is ready to roll for a nighttime show at the Fair.
Fun fact: This will be Theory of a Deadman’s third time at Chevy Court, but first time since 2012. Welcome back, guys!
When: Saturday, August 31, 2019 @ 8pm
Singer, percussionist and author—what can’t Sheila E do? After becoming a touring musician before the age of 20, Sheila performed with some of the most recognizable names in the business: Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé, just to name a few.
Fun fact: Sheila E. was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction in recognition of her leadership for President Obama’s “Performance at The White House: Fiesta Latina.”
When: Sunday, September 1, 2019 @ 2pm
You may have seen them every time you turn on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” but this legendary four-time GRAMMY-winning hip-hop group is much more than a house band. Formed by Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson in 1987, this Philly-based band’s live shows are frequently regarded as the best in the biz.
Fun fact: The Roots are partnering with Amazon to develop an animated children’s series, along with a live-action children’s series.
When: Sunday, September 1, 2019 @ 8pm
This Billboard-chart-shattering band gives you all the feels delivered through lush indie pop tunes. Come hear their layered anthems as the trio makes their Chevy Court debut.
Fun fact: The group’s single “Broken” was the longest-running #1 track on Alternative Radio in 2018!
When: Monday, September 2, 2019 @ 1pm
On the last night of The Great New York State Fair, there’s only one place to be—front and center at Chevy Court for Gavin DeGraw. His multiplatinum, soulful rock hits will serve as the perfect finale to the 2019 Chevy Court Concert Series.
Fun fact: For a brief period of time, Gavin attended Berklee School of Music, where his classmates were up-and-coming artists like John Mayer.
When: Monday, September 2, 2019 @ 6pm
But wait, there’s more!
The Experience Stage, Pan-African Village, Empire Theater and NYS Grange Stage will be spotlighting a variety of musical headliners from all different genres throughout the Fairgrounds.
Whatever your style, you’re sure to smile with a concert lineup that offers a little something for everyone.