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March 24, 2015

New York’s Own Orleans, with Little Feat’s Barrere and Tackett, to Combine on Chevy Court at the Great New York State Fair

Orleans, with Upstate NY Roots, and Little Feat Veterans Have Decades of Hits

The pop/rock group Orleans will show the audience at Chevy Court at the Great New York State Fair that they’re “Still The One” at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28, Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today.  Orleans will be joined by and also provide backing for Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, longtime members of Little Feat.

“There are a lot of great hits between these two bands and I think this show will provide not only great value, but a great time for everyone.  It should be quite a party and a great part of the weekend,” said Waffner.

Orleans has its roots in Ithaca bar bands involving two of its four founders.  Formed in Woodstock, NY in 1972 by John Hall, brothers Lance and Larry Hoppen and Wells Kelly, Orleans went about perfecting its recipe of eclectic material, including R&B seasoned with Cajun and roots music.  They went on to produce chart-topping hits including “Dance With Me,” “Let There Be Music,” “Love Takes Time,” “Reach” and, of course, their American standard, “Still the One”.  In recent years, Orleans has hit the road to play their songs, including several new ones, while pairing with other artists of their heyday era.

Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett are two of the musicians behind legendary band Little Feat, which blended influences as diverse as rock, gospel, jazz, country, and folk.  The rock radio staple “Dixie Chicken” came out of the band’s early years.  Little Feat is the rare case of a band having a successful second act, as the group reemerged from having been disbanded to record the album “Let It Roll” in 1988, with four singles hitting the top 20 of the rock charts, topped by “Hate To Lose Your Lovin’.”    

The Fair has previously announced several shows for the free stage at Chevy Court:

  • Everclear, at 2:00 p.m. opening day, Thursday, August 27
  • Rick Springfield, at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 27
  • The Oak Ridge Boys, at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 1
  • Meghan Trainor, at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 3

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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