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April 21, 2016

Rock Super Group Toto Brings Classic Hits, New Music to Chevy Court Stage at the Great New York State Fair Aug. 26

The rock group Toto will bring its massive hits and some new music to the Chevy Court stage at the Great New York State Fair for its performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today.

Toto’s top 10 hits “Africa,” “Rosanna,” and “Hold The Line” helped to define its era of music.  The members of Toto, accomplished studio musicians before forming the band, can be heard on more than 5,000 albums that have sold more than half a billion copies and drew more than 225 Grammy nominations.  “Africa” has remained current via pop culture, appearing in the TV show Family Guy and in a skit on Jimmy Fallon’s late night show that has been seen several million times online, among others. Toto’s latest album, 2015’s “Toto XIV,” is the band’s first new music in nearly a decade.

“We’ve tried several times to get Toto here since their last and only appearance in 2005 and we’re thrilled we can make this happen this year.  This will be a terrific show and a fun way to spend Friday night at the Fair,” said Waffner.

Other performances previously announced for Chevy Court include:

  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m.
  • 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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