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May 29, 2015

The Swon Brothers, Finalists on “The Voice,” Perform on Chevy Court Sunday, August 30

Country Duo Turned Unexpected Opportunity into Hit-making Career

Oklahoma country duo The Swon Brothers will bring the music that made them finalists on TV’s musical competition “The Voice” to Chevy Court on Sunday, August 30 at 2.p.m. at the Great New York State Fair, Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today.

Zach and Colton Swon were asked by a friend to accompany him to an audition for NBC’s hit competition “The Voice.”  The brothers’ performance of “American Girl” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers caused three of the four celebrity judges to fight for the right to manage them.  Blake Shelton won the battle and helped guide them to the finale, where they finished in third place.  Their self-titled major label debut album hit the top 10 of the country album charts and earned the brothers nominations as Vocal Duo of the Year from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

“The Swon Brothers are coming to the Fair to show the talent that made Blake Shelton, Usher, and Shakira all want to work with them.  These guys mix country and rock with wonderful vocal harmonies.  It’s a show that’s not to be missed,” said Waffner.

The Fair has previously announced several shows for its 2015 series of free concerts at Chevy Court, a lineup that’s garnering attention as perhaps the best and most diverse ever.  Shows announced include:

  • Everclear -   2 p.m., opening day, Thursday, August 27
  • Rick Springfield -  8 p.m., Thursday, August 27
  • Orleans - 2 p.m., Friday, August 28
  • Melissa Etheridge - 8 p.m., Friday, August 28
  • Dan + Shay – 2 p.m., Saturday, August 29
  • The Oak Ridge Boys - 2 p.m., Tuesday, September 1
  • Salt-N-Pepa - 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 2
  • Snoop Dogg - 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 2
  • Meghan Trainor -  8 p.m., Thursday, September 3
  • Six Nations Day Celebration, with traditional dancers and The Ripcords - 1 p.m., Friday, September 4
  • The Steve Miller Band – 8 p.m., Sunday, September 6
  • Nick Jonas -  6 p.m., Monday, September 7

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 to 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 Flickr.com/photos/nysfair. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at statefairideas@agriculture.ny.gov.


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