State Fair Concerts Complement “CNY Rising” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy
Country artist Granger Smith makes his Great New York State Fair debut with a show Friday, August 30 at 8 p.m. during the Chevrolet Music Festival at Chevy Court. Smith was last seen in Central New York two years ago, as part of Luke Bryan’s tour stop at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview. All performances on Chevy Court are free with Fair admission.
“Fairgoers love young country artists playing the kind of music that gets them dancing on the grass at Chevy Court. We’re really looking forward to Granger Smith’s appearance and believe it’s a night that all fans of modern country should circle on their calendars,” said Fair Director Troy Waffner.
More than two dozen shows by national touring groups will take place at Chevy Court and on the Experience Stage this year. Granger Smith joins a growing roster of announced shows, which includes on Chevy Court:
- Bad Company, 8 p.m., August 21
- Lindsey Stirling, 8 p.m., August 23
- Dropkick Murphys, 8 p.m., August 25
- Midland, 8 p.m., August 26
- Why Don’t We, 2 p.m., August 29
In addition, Rick Springfield will perform on the Experience Stage at 7 p.m., August 31.
Over 13 days, the Chevrolet Music Festival at Chevy Court features 26 performances in diverse genres, most from national touring bands. National groups will also perform on the Experience Stage in the New York Experience festival ground. Chevrolet sponsors the performances on both stages.
Accelerating CNY Rising
Today's announcement complements “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $5.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.
Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.
Founded in 1841, the Great New York State Fair is America’s first state fair and the largest in the East. The Fair showcases the best of New York agriculture and provides top-quality entertainment. The 2019 Fair runs from August 21 to September 2. Information about the Fair can be found here.
About Granger Smith
Over the course of his groundbreaking career, Granger Smith has amassed a massive and rabid audience now known as “Yee Yee Nation” built through heavy touring and grassroots fan engagement. He now has a social media following of nearly 7 million and over a quarter of a billion online video views. Flagship artist on BBR Music Group's Wheelhouse Records, Smith broke onto the national scene with Remington, an album that garnered him the No. 1 smash "Backroad Song." Smith was also awarded a BMI Country Award for writing, producing, publishing and performing "Backroad Song" and followed it with the Top 5 hit, "If The Boot Fits." "Backroad Song" was one of the Top 10 Most Played country singles of 2016 according to Mediabase and has been certified RIAA Platinum. He was nominated as Best New Country Artist for the 2017 iHeartRadio Awards and was included in the 2017 crop of artists honored during the CRS "New Faces" show. He released his current full-length album When The Good Guys Win on October 27, which has spawned the Top 15 hit "Happens Like That" and current fast-rising single "You’re In It." Smith recently released his first-ever book “If You’re City, If You’re Country,” which immediately hit No. 1 on Amazon best-selling lists upon its pre-order announcement.