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February 06, 2015

Rock Veterans Everclear to Open the Great New York State Fair’s Chevy Court Concert Series

Band’s 9th Album Shows Its Continued Vitality and Relevance

Veteran alternative rock band Everclear will open the 2015 Great New York State Fair Chevy Court concert series with a blast of rock when they take the stage at 2:00 p.m. on opening day, Thursday, August 27, the Fair’s Acting Director, Troy Waffner, announced today.

With hits like the modern rock radio staples “Santa Monica,” “Everything to Everyone,” “I Will Buy You a New Life,” “Father of Mine,” and “Wonderful,” Everclear has sold more than nine million albums. Fronted by Art Alexakis, Everclear remains a potent force on the touring circuit. 

Everclear is due to issue its ninth album, called Black Is The New Black.  Alexakis told Newsweek that the new album is “a return to form, a kind of old-school Everclear rock record.”  The first single, “The Man Who Broke His Own Heart,” is out now.    

Moviegoers may recognize Alexakis from a cameo role in the movie Wild, which is generating Academy Awards buzz.  He plays a tattoo artist – in real life, both of his arms are completely tattooed – who gives Reese Witherspoon’s character and her movie husband matching tattoos to mark their divorce. 

“Everclear is a great choice to kick off the 2015 Great New York State Fair.  We’re committed to providing a diverse and exciting lineup of nationally-known performers again this year.  Our lineup of free performances is second to none and I encourage people to keep an eye on our schedule this year so they can plan to see the bands and artists they love,” said Waffner.

Concerts on Chevy Court are sponsored by Chevrolet.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 27 – September 7, 2015.  The Fair’s mission, reflected in its 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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