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August 07, 2013

Bobby Keys Band to Rock the New York State Fair’s Midway on September 1

Longtime Rolling Stones Saxophonist has Jammed with Some of the Most Influential Artists of All Time

The State Fair’s Midway Music Series will proudly play host to the Bobby Keys Band on Sunday, September 1 at 7:30 p.m.   Joining Bobby Keys will be an all-star cast of musicians, including Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites), Brad Pemberton (Ryan Adams), Robert Kearns (Sheryl Crow), Michael Webb (John Fogerty, Poco), and Chark Kinsolving (Mike Farris, Spoonful).       

“Bobby Keys is one of the most influential sax players of all-time and we look forward to hearing his unique sound live and in person on the Midway this summer,” said State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine.  “I invite all New Yorkers to join the fun and enjoy the entertainment at this summer’s hottest event – the Great New York State Fair.”

Many of the greatest rock hits of the past five decades bear the unmistakable thumbprint of one of America's most accomplished rock 'n' roll icons: Bobby Keys. In fact, it's impossible that any fan of popular music could be unfamiliar with the trademark sound and swaggering soul of the Texas-born saxophone player. From humble roots as an uncredited performer with Buddy Holly and Dion ("The Wanderer") to album-defining contributions with the Rolling Stones (Sticky Fingers (1971), Exile On Main Street (1972) and his work with each of the four Beatles and Elvis Presley, his illustrious career has led him from studio to stage all across the globe.

In recent years, Keys has stepped out of the sideman position and watched his own popularity grow as an entirely new generation of listeners has begun to pay attention to the contributions of this one-of-a-kind artist. Beginning with a few word-of-mouth showcases at Nashville's Mercy Lounge, the cream of Music City's music community began to flock to Keys's performances. His concerts proved to be the perfect platform to pay tribute to his rich history, while showcasing his personality and undeniable stage presence. Very few artists have displayed the exceptional range of talent – not to mention the vast catalog of hits – as has Keys, so it's only fitting that he would handpick a backing band as esteemed as his back catalog. Together, this versatile band of musicians is able to effortlessly recreate spot-on renditions of hits from Keys's storied career, as well as new compositions for an upcoming album. Presented in a rock 'n' roll revue format, the songs are able to shine while the man behind the sax gets to tell his side of the story. And it's an amazing story.

Also playing at the Midway Music Series are:

  • New Day: Aug 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
  • “The Real Housewives:”Aug 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.  Three members of the casts of the hit reality TV franchise “The Real Housewives”
  • American Idol Finalists: Aug 27, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Dark Hollow: Aug 28, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Living On A Bad Name: Aug 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
  • History Channel’s “American Pickers:” Aug 30, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.  Cast members from the History Channel’s “American Pickers” will tell you whether they think it’s “Treasure or Trash!”
  • Jake Miller: Aug 31, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

The New York State Fair runs from August 22 – September 2, 2013.  The Fair’s theme is “Sharing the Bounty and Pride of New York.”

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook or follow NYS Fair on Twitter. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas on the Great New York State Fair at

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