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May 08, 2014

Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Will Rock The Chevy Court Stage During The 2014 New York State Fair

Aug. 27 Concert Will Show the Talents of One of Rock’s Greatest Guitarists

Joan Jett, whose signature anthem, “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” remains one of the all-time classic songs, will rock the Chevy Court stage during the Great New York State Fair at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27.

At age 14, Joan Jett picked up her first guitar and not long after that she helped turn the rock world upside down for female musicians. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.”

“This is going to be one of the can’t-miss shows of Chevy Court this year.  Joan Jett always puts everything she has into her music and I know fairgoers are going to love seeing her.  She’s part of one of the strongest lineups we’ve ever had for Chevy Court and I encourage everyone to set aside a day to spend at the Fair,” said Troy Waffner, Acting State Fair Director.

Her music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. A version of “I Hate Myself for Loving You” has been used by NBC’s Sunday Night Football and performed this past season by Carrie Underwood. Her music is heard in countless films and TV shows, including Easy “A”, The Runaways, Shrek, Baby Mama and many more. Since co-founding the Runaways, the pioneering all-girl punk quintet, at age 15, Joan Jett’s determination and drive have kept her in the public eye.

She was able to see her story told in The Runaways, the film based on (lead singer of The Runaways) Cherie Currie’s book Neon Angel.  Joan Jett served as an executive producer of the film. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts continuously tour across the globe to throngs of adoring fans. Now, with a dozen albums on the table and either solo or with the band, Joan Jett is still rocking hard on stage and looking great in the process. The most recent release, Unvarnished, was released this past September and peaked at 47 on the Billboard Charts.

Chevrolet sponsors the 23 free concerts by nationally-known artists on Chevy Court.

Acts previously announced for the Chevy Court stage include:

  • Chef Anne Burrell, at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 27
  • Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone, at 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 25
  • John Kay and Steppenwolf, at 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 25
  • Bowzer’s Rock & Roll Party, at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 26
  • Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, at 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 29
  • The Doobie Brothers, at 6:00 p.m., Monday, September 1

In addition, tickets remain available for all acts on the State Fair Grandstand, including Jason Aldean with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr; Brad Paisley with Randy Houser, Charlie Worsham, and Leah Turner; Train with The Wallflowers; Carrie Underwood; and Journey with Cheap Trick.  Very few tickets remain for Jason Aldean’s concert, and the Fair has opened up seats with obstructed views for sale.  Tickets are available at the Fair’s official and only online sales agent,

There is also free music all day on the Fair’s other stages – the Midway Music Series Stages, the Regional Artists Variety Stage, the Pan-African Village Stage, the Dairy Products Building Stage, and the Grange Building Stage – as well as at other venues around the Fairgrounds.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 21 – September 1, 2014.  The Fair’s mission, reflected in its 2014 theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.
In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

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, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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