She’s widely praised as being one of the greatest singers in the history of Rock and Roll, and this summer her powerhouse vocals will fill the Suburban Park area of the Great New York State Fair. Ann Wilson of Heart will perform at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30, Women’s Day at The Fair.
Ann Wilson and her backing band, Tripsitter, are wrapping up their 2023 North American Summer Tour with a stop at The Fair.
While the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award recipient is best known for belting out empowering anthems like “Barracuda” and powerful ballads like “Alone”–songs that topped charts and sent chills down spines through the 70s, 80s, and 90s — her voice defies genre. In the last year, Ann has collaborated with the metal band Disturbed on a song on their newest album as well as with country darling Dolly Parton on her upcoming rock album.
Ann’s most recent solo album Fierce Bliss (2022) features a blend of covers and originals with a variety of other artists. The original song, “Greed,” complements classic songs like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” and “Barracuda,” which are all regulars in Ann’s setlist.
Ann promises to bring the same vigor and verve that has established her as a mainstay in the music industry for more than 50 years. Fairgoers may remember her 2008 ticketed Grandstand appearance with Heart. Ann’s August 30 performance – like all entertainment included in the Chevrolet Music Series–will be included with the price of Fair admission.
“We can’t wait to welcome this legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer back to The Fair, and this has been one of the announcements we’ve been most looking forward to,” said Sean Hennessey, Interim Fair Director. “Anecdotally, many people who follow the Great New York State Fair on social media (especially our Facebook page) have reached out to us over the last month or so asking if the rumors are true: ‘Is Ann Wilson of Heart coming to The Fair this summer?’ or ‘Hey, we saw you announced that Christian Contemporary artist Anne Wilson is coming, what about the Ann Wilson?’ And now, we’re so happy to be able to confirm that yes, the rumors are true. The dynamic, chilling voice that’s synonymous with so many songs that have come to be so meaningful in the history of Rock and Roll will be here on Wednesday, August 30.”
Ann Wilson & Tripsitter close out a full day of entertainment scheduled for Women’s Day, which will be celebrated at The Fair on Wednesday, August 30. Previously announced, Rochester native and soul singer Danielle Ponder will perform at 1:00 p.m. on Chevy Court, followed by Chapel Hart at 6:00 p.m. Please note, there is not a 2:00 p.m. concert scheduled on the Suburban Park stage that day.
All acts announced thus far are provided below, and schedules are continuously updated at pages dedicated to Chevy Court and Suburban Park on the Fair’s website.
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|
|Friday, September 1||6:00 p.m.||The Fray|
|Sunday, September 3||1:00 p.m.||Disney Junior Live on Tour: Costume Palooza|
|Monday, September 4||12:00 p.m.||The High Kings|
Suburban Park Stage:
|Wednesday, August 23||2:00 p.m.||Steven Page|
|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|
|Wednesday, August 30||8:00 p.m.||Ann Wilson|
|Thursday, August 31||8:00 p.m.||Ludacris|
|Saturday, September 2||8:00 p.m.||Quinn XCII|
|Sunday, September 3||8:00 p.m.||Yung Gravy featuring bbno$|
The Great New York State Fair begins Wednesday, August 23 and continues through Labor Day, Monday, September 4. Admission is $6 for adults and free for those 65 years and older, and 12 years and younger.
Founded in 1841, the Great New York State Fair showcases the best of New York agriculture and provides top-quality entertainment. 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, browse photos on Flickr, and follow the fun on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
*Not to be confused with Ann Wilson of Heart, another woman with the same name (just with an extra “e”), Anne Wilson will play Chevy Court at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 28. Anne Wilson with an “e” is widely popular in the Christian Contemporary music genre.