Prince Tribute Band Kicks Off a Day of 80’s Rock at The Great New York State Fair

Prince Tribute Band Kicks Off a Day of 80’s Rock at The Great New York State Fair

The “most dynamic” Prince Tribute Band in the U.S. will rock Chevy Court at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) on Monday, September 5, kicking off a day dedicated to the 80’s at the Great New York State Fair.

The band, “Gabriel Sanchez Presents The Prince Experience A Loving Tribute 2 Prince,” started in 2022 as a small local production of “Purple Rain.” Twenty years later, it tours the country, playing through Prince’s greatest hits including “When Doves Cry,” “Little Red Corvette” and “1999.”

Prince blasted onto the music scene in the late 1970s, and dazzled audiences up to his death in 2016. Now, the band – fronted by Gabriel Sanchez – carries on The Purple One’s legacy through a masterful impression that gets crowds dancing.

After The Prince Experience takes Chevy Court at 12:00 p.m., Resurrection – A Journey Tribute will perform at Chevy Park in the Experience area of The Fairgrounds at 1:00 p.m. Night Ranger rocks the Chevy Court stage at 4:00 p.m. with Dire Straits Legacy wrapping up the Chevrolet Music Series at Chevy Park at 6:00 p.m.

“The final day of the 2022 Fair will be filled with songs you can’t help but sing along to, and the fun gets started with the best Journey and Prince tribute bands in the country,” said interim Fair Director Sean Hennessey. “When you look back at photos and videos of Prince, and then look at current photos and videos of Gabriel Sanchez performing as Prince, it’s hard to tell who’s who!”

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 statefairideas@agriculture.ny.gov 

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