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May 22, 2014

Barenaked Ladies to Play Opening Night at Chevy Court at the Great New York State Fair

Canadian Band Continues to Mix Rock and Humor

There’s no need to pinch yourself and you won’t need a million dollars to see Barenaked Ladies play at the Great New York State Fair.  The band behind hits such as “Pinch Me” and “If I Had A Million Dollars” will perform at 8:00 p.m. on opening night, Thursday, August 21, at Chevy Court, Troy Waffner, Acting State Fair Director, announced today.

The Canadian group known for mixing humor into the lyrics of their rock songs celebrated their 25th anniversary last year.  Their shows are also known for their humorous on-stage banter.  Barenaked Ladies, known to fans as BNL, saw their debut major label studio album hit #1 on the Canadian album chart.  Success in America came with the release of the album Stunt, with the band’s best-known single, “One Week.”  Millions hear the band every week as they perform their theme song to the hit TV show, “The Big Bang Theory.”

“Barenaked Ladies brings fun to music and it will make for a fun way to open the New York State Fair.  It’s the beginning of a stellar lineup of music on all of our stages and I want to encourage every New Yorker to make time to visit the state’s largest free music festival at your State Fair this year,” said Waffner.

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

The other shows announced for Chevy Court so far are:

  • Kellie Pickler, at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 21
  • 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
  • Chef Anne Burrell, at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 27
  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, at 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 27
  • 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

At the Grandstand, very limited tickets remain available for the Saturday, Aug. 30 concert by Jason Aldean with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. Tickets remain available for the Thursday, Aug. 21 show by Brad Paisley with Randy Houser, Charlie Worsham, and Leah Turner, for the Tuesday, Aug. 26 concert by Train with The Wallflowers as well as the Thursday, Aug. 28 concert by Journey with Cheap Trick and the Wednesday, August 27 concert by Carrie Underwood.  Tickets go on sale Friday, May 23 at 9:00 a.m. for Pitbull’s concert on Saturday, August 23.

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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