Chicago-born and Miami-raised rising rap star Smokepurpp will make his Great New York State Fair debut Saturday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. on the Chevy Court stage as part of the Chevrolet Music Festival. All shows at Chevy Court and the Experience Stage are free with Fair admission.
"Smokepurpp is the final piece in a lineup of national touring artists that is the most diverse in our history. We know fans of rap and hip hop will love this show and we're excited to showcase yet another up-and-coming star," said Fair Director Troy Waffner.
In addition, six top Upstate New York bands will perform on Chevy Court in 2 p.m. slots:
- Mike Powell & The Black River, 3 p.m. August 21. The Black River is an indie-soul band who continues to build excitement wherever they go. The band's ever-evolving sound and the prolific songwriting of North Country native and former Syracuse University lacrosse star Mike Powell keep audiences coming back time and again.
- Devinne Meyers, 2 p.m., August 22. From Binghamton, New York, comes a sound rooted in passion and honesty, targeted by emotionally direct lyrics, and delivered through a soulful voice and acoustic guitar. Singer songwriter Devinne Meyers' upcoming album, 'Silver Line' sheds light on stereotypical, stigmatic, and human topics that tend to be swept under the rug or go unnoticed by the status quo. The music will take you from subtle acoustic ballads, to Bob Dylan-esque folk rock, to experience inspired blues and rock and roll.
- CNY Songbirds, 2 p.m., August 23. Magic happens when CNY Songbirds Donna Colton, Maureen Henesey, and Joanna Jewett blend their unique voices. They performed their last seven shows - celebrating the best of Crosby, Stills and Nash, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, and several of their favorite artists - to standing-room-only audiences. CNY Songbirds create harmonies that are “tighter than three coats of paint” and truly unforgettable!
- The Brownskin Band with Joe Driscoll, 2 p.m., Saturday, August 24. The Brownskin Band is a CNY R&B tornado, playing all your new and old skool R&B hits. Add Joe Driscoll for some hip hop flavor and you have a 1-2 punch that can’t be beat!
- Country Swagg, 2 p.m., August 30. Country Swagg burst onto the country music scene in 2013 and has made a name for itself in just a short period of time. Playing more than 100 shows yearly and having a dedicated fan base has helped the band continue growing. Country Swagg has shared the stage with Kane Brown, Cole Swindell, Blackberry Smoke and many others. The band is currently working on their debut album.
- Atkins Riot, 2 p.m., August 31. "In an age where serious rock bands seem to be sorely missing, Atkins Riot delivers the kind of music that satisfies listeners looking for a great headbanging hook," wrote the Syracuse New Times. Atkins Riot never fails to crank out great songs while always having fun. They bring catchy riffs that get the crowd moving along with their more emotional songs that really captivate you. Atkins Riot is one of the leading rock groups in Central New York, 2019 SAMMY Award winners for Best Rock Recording and winners of the 2019 Westcott Theater Battle of the Bands.
The final Chevy Court lineup:
- The Black River, 3 p.m., August 21
- Bad Company, 8 p.m., August 21
- Devinne Meyers, 2 p.m., August 22
- Grace Potter, 8 p.m., August 22
- CNY Songbirds, 2 p.m., August 23
- Lindsey Stirling, 8 p.m., August 23
- The Brownskin Band with Joe Driscoll, 2 p.m., August 24
- Smokepurpp, 8 p.m., August 24
- Jimmie Allen, 2 p.m., August 25
- Dropkick Murphys, 8 p.m., August 25
- Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone, 2 p.m., August 26
- Midland, 8 p.m., August 26
- The Mavericks, 2 p.m., August 28
- Ice Cube, 8 p.m., August 28
- Why Don’t We, 2 p.m., August 29
- Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe, 8 p.m., August 29
- Country Swagg, 2 p.m., August 30
- Granger Smith, 8 p.m., August 30
- Atkins Riot, 2 p.m., August 31
- Theory of a Deadman, 8 p.m., August 31
- Sheila E, 2 p.m., September 1
- The Roots, 8 p.m., September 1
- lovelytheband, 1 p.m., September 2
- Gavin DeGraw, 6 p.m., September 2
At the Experience Stage:
- Grand Funk Railroad, 7 p.m., August 21
- Jackyl, 7 p.m., August 24
- Pop Evil, 7 p.m., August 25
- 38 Special, 7 p.m., August 27
- Rick Springfield, 7 p.m., August 31
Over the Fair’s 13 days, the Chevrolet Music Festival at Chevy Court and at the New York Experience Stage will feature more than two dozen national touring group performances in diverse genres. Chevrolet sponsors the performances on both stages.
Founded in 1841, the Great New York State Fair is America’s third largest state fair. 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 40% since the beginning of more than $120 million in investments, with 1.27 million people attending the Fair in 2018. The 2019 Fair runs from August 21 to September 2. Information about the Fair can be found here.
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