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July 21, 2015

Olivia Somerlyn and Who Is Fancy, Meghan Trainor’s Opening Acts, to Play Chevy Court

Also, Syracuse JAMS Funkfest Returns to Chevy Court on Labor Day Shows Complete the Best Chevy Court Lineup in Fair’s History

Meghan Trainor fans are in for a treat if they get to Chevy Court at the Great New York State Fair early for her free nighttime show on Thursday, September 3.  Olivia Somerlyn and Who Is Fancy, who are opening for Trainor on her M-Train Tour, will share the stage at 2 p.m. that day, State Fair Acting Director Troy Waffner announced today.

2014 was a good year for emerging artist Olivia Somerlyn.  Her song with co-writer and producer Nick Jonas, “Parachute,” hit #1 on Billboard’s dance club chart, and she was a finalist in iHeartRadio’s Rising Star program.  She has toured with the Jonas Brothers, Big Time Rush, Lindsey Stirling, and others.

Who Is Fancy is actually a singer/songwriter named Jake Hagood, but until a few months ago, he kept his name a secret.  Hagood said he wanted people to embrace his debut single, “Goodbye,” before they learned about him.  “Goodbye” broke into the top 30 on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart at about the same time he revealed his true identity with a performance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

“We know there will be fans of Meghan Trainor who will be camping out in Chevy Court as soon as the gates open.  Having her opening acts perform the early show is a treat for those dedicated fans and a way for everyone else to get to know two up-and-coming artists.  It’s a perfect final piece to a Chevy Court lineup that’s as good as we’ve ever had,” said Waffner.

The Fair also announced the return of the Syracuse JAMS Funkfest to the Chevy Court stage from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Labor Day, September 7.  At least three bands—Soul Smooth Band, UAD and the Soft Spoken Band—will perform.  Syracuse JAMS is a collective of local soul, R&B, funk, and blues bands.

“The Syracuse JAMS show really set the tone for a terrific day last year, with great music greeting fairgoers as they walked onto the grounds.  We’re very happy to provide a platform for these fantastic artists and I urge everyone visiting on Labor Day to come early enough to see these excellent groups,” 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 & Friends with Barrere and Tackett – 2 p.m., Friday, August 28
  • Melissa Etheridge – 8 p.m., Friday, August 28
  • Dan + Shay – 2 p.m., Saturday, August 29
  • Buckcherry – 8 p.m., Saturday, August 29
  • The Swon Brothers – 2 p.m., Sunday, August 30
  • Nate Ruess – 8 p.m., Sunday, August 30
  • Bowzer’s Rock N’ Roll Party – 2 p.m., Monday, August 31
  • Cole Swindell – 8 p.m., Monday, August 31
  • The Oak Ridge Boys – 2 p.m., Tuesday, September 1
  • Joe Nichols – 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 1
  • Salt-N-Pepa – 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 2
  • Snoop Dogg – 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 2
  • Olivia Somerlyn and Who Is Fancy – 2 p.m., Thursday, September 3
  • Meghan Trainor – 8 p.m., Thursday, September 3
  • Six Nations Day Celebration, with traditional dancers and The Ripcords – 1 p.m., Friday, September 4
  • Fifth Harmony – 8 p.m., Friday, September 4
  • Sawyer Fredericks with Josh Batstone and Amanda Peers from “The Voice” – 2 p.m., Saturday, September 5
  • The Jacksons – 8 p.m., Saturday, September 5
  • R5 – 2 p.m., Sunday, September 6
  • The Steve Miller Band – 8 p.m., Sunday, September 6
  • Syracuse JAMS: Soul Smooth Band, UAD, and Soft Spoken Band – 10 a.m., Monday, September 7
  • Nick Jonas – 6 p.m., Monday, September 7

Concerts on Chevy Court are sponsored by Chevrolet.  Chevy Court concerts are free with your admission to the Fair.

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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