Hall of Famers Joan Jett and The Blackhearts to Headline the Final Chevy Court Show of The 2020 Great New York State Fair

Hall of Famers Joan Jett and The Blackhearts to Headline the Final Chevy Court Show of The 2020 Great New York State Fair

Rock icon Joan Jett and her band The Blackhearts will provide the final performance of the Chevrolet Music Festival with a 6 p.m. show Labor Day, September 7, on the Chevy Court stage of the 2020 Great New York State Fair. The concert is one of nearly four dozen free shows by national touring acts to take place at Chevy Court or on the Experience Stage this year.

“Joan Jett is a hero to many women who grew up with her music and an icon for fans of rock n’ roll. We’re proud to have the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame band back and we know this is a great way to close out another year of amazing free music,” said Troy Waffner, Fair Director.

Free concerts at Chevy Court and the Experience Stage are sponsored by Chevrolet. The only other show announced to date is Sheena Easton’s performance on Chevy Court on Wednesday, September 2 at 2 p.m.


About Joan Jett

Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics "Bad Reputation," "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," "I Hate Myself For Loving You," and "Crimson and Clover." Her independent record label, Blackheart, was founded in 1980 after she was rejected by no less than 23 labels. Blackheart is one of the longest running indie labels and continues to give voice to new bands. As a producer, she has overseen albums by Bikini Kill, Circus Lupus, as well as the Germs' LA punk masterpiece, 'GI.' Jett’s music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. Jett and the Blackhearts continue touring the globe with headline shows alongside fellow rock icons like The Who, Green Day and the Foo Fighters. Additionally, Jett has acted and appeared in movies, television and theater. Jett was also able to see her story told in ‘The Runaways', starring Kristen Stewart as Jett and Dakota Fanning as Currie. Jett was close to the project, serving as executive producer. “Bad Reputation,” a documentary about Jett's life, premiered to critical acclaim at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film continues to receive praise and accolades and is available on all streaming platforms.


Founded in 1841, the Great New York State Fair is the largest state fair in the east and third largest in America. The Fair showcases the best of New York agriculture, provides top-quality entertainment and is a key piece of Governor Cuomo’s CNY Rising strategy of growing the Central New York economy through tourism. Fair attendance is up more than 46% since the beginning of more than $120 million in investments, with more than 1.3 million people attending the Fair in 2019. The 2020 Fair runs from August 21 to September 7. Information about the Fair can be found here.

The New York State Fairgrounds is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available here. Find the Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, on Snapchat at nysfair and enjoy photos from the Fair on Flickr. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at statefairideas@agriculture.ny.gov.