Former Syracuse University Student Claud will make their New York State Fair Debut with Afternoon Concert at Chevy Park on August 26

Pop singer-songwriter Claud will make their Great New York State Fair debut on the Chevy Park stage on Friday, August 26 at 2:00 p.m., but they’re no stranger to Syracuse! The former Syracuse University student is best known for coming-of-age lyrics that explore the various stages of relationships, delivered through melancholic, bubblegum pop music that leaves listeners feeling good.

It started during their second semester in 2018, when Claud and their best friend Joshua Mehling – also a Syracuse University student at the time – released an EP under the pseudonym, Toast. As this gained momentum, Claud made the decision to pursue music full time with their current moniker.

2020 saw Claud become the first artist to sign with Phoebe Bridgers’ record label, Saddest Factory Records. The debut album “Super Monster” was released early in 2021, featuring a compilation that blends alt-rock synonymous with the 90s, bubblegum pop of the 2000s and the energy of modern, online life through songs including “Gold,” “Wish You Were Gay,” and “Soft Spot” - which Vogue ranked among the top songs of 2021.

Claud, who hails from the suburbs of Chicago, identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.

“We are delighted to welcome Claud, a former Syracuse University student, to our concert repertoire at the Great New York State Fair,” said Sean Hennessey. “Claud’s style, which fuses nostalgia with innovative energy to create ‘dream pop’ is generating a buzz in the music industry, and they’re setting a great example for young adults who might feel like they don’t quite fit into a specific mold.”

Claud is set to take the Chevy Park stage on Pride Day, a day focused on celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.  The Fair will host a Progress Flag Raising Ceremony at Gate 1 at 9:30 a.m. August 26, followed by an Information Fair to be held in the Chevy Court Pavilion. Fairgoers may look forward to a daylong celebration in the Empire Theater, located in the Art and Home Center, culminating with a Pride Parade at 6:00 p.m..

The 2022 Fair begins Wednesday, August 24, and continues through Monday, September 5. The full music schedule is posted at The Fair’s website, on pages dedicated to Chevy Park and Chevy Court concerts. All concerts in the Chevrolet Music Series are free with Fair admission – just $3 on sale now at the State Fair’s website.

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. The 2022 Fair begins Wednesday, August 24, and continues through Monday, September 5.  

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, and follow the fun on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Guests are invited to see photos from the Fair on Flickr and ideas are always welcome. New Yorkers are encouraged to send suggestions via email to