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April 08, 2016

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Swings into the Great New York State Fair to Open the Chevy Court Concert Series

Swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will open the Chevy Court concert series when the California band breaks out its zoot suits and updated big band music at 2 p.m. on August 25, opening day of the Great New York State Fair, Acting Director Troy Waffner announced today.

The core of the band, including bandleader Scotty Morris, remains together, nearly a quarter century after its formation.  The band performs original and classic songs in the hard-swinging Rat Pack style of the 40s and 50s.  Originals such as “You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three Tonight (Baby)” mix perfectly with covers such as “Minnie the Moocher.”

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy caught fire after appearing in the film, “Swingers.”  Since then, they and their music have been everywhere from “Dancing with the Stars” to an episode of “Scooby Doo” to a performance at halftime of the Super Bowl. 

“These guys throw a party on-stage and I can’t think of a better way to start the state’s largest celebration.  Our Chevy Court lineup will be the best and most diverse in our history, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will get the Fair going in style,” said Waffner. 

Thursday, August 25 is also the first of two Three Dollar Thursdays, in which admission at the gate is just $3.

Other performances previously announced for Chevy Court include:

  • Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. 
  • Air Supply, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. 
  • Herman’s Hermits, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. 
  • Survivor, Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. 
  • The Commodores, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. 
  • Macy Gray, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m.
  • Culture Club, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m.
  • Chicago, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m.  

Chevy Court’s 23 free shows are part of the Fair’s commitment to providing the best and most diverse lineup of music available.  Each year, the Fair and its vendors provide approximately 500 free musical performances. Concerts at 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 25 to September 5, 2016.  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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