You can catch him on the big screen in a couple of weeks, and then you can watch him live in person at The Great New York State Fair in August. Rapper and Fast & Furious franchise star, Ludacris (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) will “roll out” into the Fair’s Chevrolet Music Series and take the Suburban Park Stage at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 31.
Ludacris will reprise his role as Tej in the Fast & Furious franchise’s newest film, Fast X, due out May 19. A music star first – selling more than 24 million albums worldwide – he spent a solid 15 years at the top of the charts for hits including “Stand Up,” “Get Back,” “Money Maker” and “My Chick Bad.”
More recently, Ludacris created the Netflix animated series Karma’s World, geared toward children ages 6 to 9 years old. The story follows a young Black girl who is finding her voice and using it to change the world.
“Ludacris has as much heart as he does star power, and we’re really lucky to be able to have him join us this summer,” said Interim Fair Director Sean Hennessey. “We think fairgoers will be excited too! Recently, feedback from fairgoers has indicated to us that they’d like to see us book more rap artists, and we’re happy to deliver! When you think about music and pop culture going back to the early 2000s, Ludacris has been a part of so many moments.”
The August 31 performance will be Ludacris’ second time at The Fair. He played to more than 30,000 people at Chevy Court in 2018.
The Fair starts Wednesday, August 23, and continues through Labor Day, Monday, September 4. All concerts within the Chevrolet Music Series are free with admission to the Fair.
The Chevrolet Music Series schedule features daily entertainment at Chevy Court (located near Gate 1) and the Suburban Park Stage (located on the western end of the Fairgrounds, beyond the Midway), formerly known as the Experience Stage at Chevy Park. All of the acts announced thus far are provided below:
Chevy Court Stage:
|Wednesday, August 23||1:00 p.m.||Chubby Checker|
|Thursday, August 24||6:00 p.m.||Quiet Riot|
|Saturday, August 26||1:00 p.m.||Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig’s Adventure|
|Saturday, August 26||6:00 p.m.||Julio Iglesias Jr.|
|Sunday, August 27||1:00 p.m.||The Prodigals|
|Sunday, August 27||6:00 p.m.||Matt Stell|
|Monday, August 28||1:00 p.m.||Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone|
|Monday, August 28||6:00 p.m.||Anne Wilson|
|Tuesday, August 29||1:00 p.m.||Tommy James and the Shondells|
|Tuesday, August 29||6:00 p.m.||Bret Michaels’ Parti Gras|
|Wednesday, August 30||1:00 p.m.||Danielle Ponder|
|Wednesday, August 30||6:00 p.m.||Chapel Hart|
|Monday, September 4||12:00 p.m.||The High Kings|
Suburban Park Stage:
|Thursday, August 24||8:00 p.m.||Theory of a Deadman|
|Saturday, August 26||8:00 p.m.||George Thorogood and the Destroyers|
|Monday, August 28||8:00 p.m.||REO Speedwagon|
|Tuesday, August 29||8:00 p.m.||Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line|
|Thursday, August 31||8:00 p.m.||Ludacris|
|Saturday, September 2||8:00 p.m.||Quinn XCII|
As concert announcements continue, Fair staff will update schedules on the Fair’s website at pages dedicated to Suburban Park and Chevy Court.
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. It is the oldest fair in the United States, and is consistently recognized as being among the top five state fairs in the nation.
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 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Guests are invited to see photos from the Fair on Flickr and ideas are always welcome.