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June 09, 2015

It’ll Be a Rock N’ Roll Party at Chevy Court When Bowzer Returns to the Great New York State Fair on Senior Day

Jon “Bowzer” Bauman’s Doo-Wop Show is one of Fair’s Most Requested Acts

The great doo-wop music of the 1950’s and 60’s comes alive again at the Great New York State Fair when Jon “Bowzer” Bauman brings Bowzer’s Rock N’ Roll Party to Chevy Court on Monday, August 31 at 2 p.m., Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner said today.  Monday and Tuesday are the Fair’s annual Senior Days, featuring free admission for people age 60 and older.

Bowzer came to fame as a member of doo-wop group Sha Na Na, whose performance right before Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock spurred a revival for that style of feel-good, street-corner harmony.  The band’s members kept the music alive with their appearance in the movie “Grease” and with their self-titled syndicated variety TV show, with Bowzer playing key roles as the bass voice and comedic relief of the group.  He’s been an actor, game show host and producer ever since then but always comes back to the music that created Sha Na Na and still draws large crowds.

“Bowzer’s show is among the most requested shows we’ve ever had.  That’s why he’s making his 16th appearance at the Great New York State Fair.  He’s always put on a first-class show and I know he’ll bring back some great memories for the Senior Day audience,” 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 Swon Brothers – 2 p.m., Sunday, August 30
  • 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.  All Chevy Court concerts are free with your Fair admission.

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 Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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