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May 23, 2014

Kid Rock Brings Rap, Rock, and Country to the Great New York State Fair Grandstand

August 25 Concert Will Be a Showcase for Artist Who Fused Rap and Rock

There will be something great for nearly every musical taste when Kid Rock performs at the Great New York State Fair Grandstand on Monday, August 25 at 7:30 p.m., Acting State Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today. Ticket prices are $67, $57, and $47. Tickets go on sale at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 31 at the State Fair Box Office and via the Fair’s only official online ticket-seller,

Kid Rock is a genre-hopping artist who moved from rap and hip hop to become a pioneer of fusing rap and rock. He’s also folded folk, blues, and country into his music over the years. Kid Rock exploded onto the music scene in 1998 with his album Devil Without a Cause, which placed five singles on the mainstream rock charts, including his first big hit, “Only God Knows Why”. His next big hit, the duet “Picture” with Sheryl Crow or Allison Moorer, put him on the pop, rock, and country charts all at once. Later duets with Crow, Keith Urban, Bob Seger, and Martina McBride kept him in the public eye while 2008’s “All Summer Long,” which sampled Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” and Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London”, created the biggest smash of his career, going #1 on charts all over the world.

Kid Rock has been active in raising money for and awareness of Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization that provides emergency help for members of the armed services, their families, and wounded servicemen and women.

“Kid Rock will put on a dynamic show and I know his fans will go home satisfied. We’re excited to have an artist of his magnitude on our stage. He’s an important part of a very strong lineup of shows for the Grandstand this year and I urge everyone to consider taking in one of our many musical events,” said Waffner.

Tickets remain available for all Grandstand shows, including:

  • Brad Paisley, with Charlie Worsham, Randy Houser, and Leah Turner, on Thursday, August 21;
  • Train, with The Wallflowers, on Tuesday, August 26;
  • Carrie Underwood, on Wednesday, August 27;
  • Journey, with Cheap Trick, on Thursday, August 28;
  • Jason Aldean, with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr, on Saturday, August 30.

Aldean’s concert is nearly sold out. A small number of single-seat tickets, as well as obstructed-view tickets, remain available.

ABOUT GRANDSTAND TICKET SALES: is the Fair’s official and only online ticket selling agent. Ticket prices are the same whether tickets are bought online at, on the phone at 1-800-514-3849, or in person at the box office. A $3.75 service fee will be added to the price of all tickets. An additional fee will be charged for the use of a credit card. There is a purchasing limit of 8 tickets per person. Most major credit cards are accepted. Your advance-sale concert ticket includes admission to the Fair.

Parking for box office sales is available in the Brown lot beginning at 5:30 a.m., and lineup can begin at 6 a.m. Tickets for people who require wheelchair accessible seating or who have mobility disabilities, or those who are hearing impaired will go on sale at the same time as general seating tickets. Convenient parking for people with disabilities who have either the proper license plate or hanging tag will be available via Gate 2.

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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