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May 04, 2016

Reggae Rockers Magic! Take the Chevy Court Stage at the Great New York State Fair Saturday, Aug. 27

Canadian band Magic! brings its sunny brand of reggae and rock to the stage at Chevy Court at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Great New York State Fair, Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today.

Magic! begins with songwriter-producer Nasri, whose work as half of the production and writing team The Messengers helped earn Grammy awards for Justin Bieber and Chris Brown and spawned hits for many other top artists.  Nasri and musician Mark Pellizzer wrote a song together during a studio jam session and a week later formed Magic! to bring the reggae-influenced rock sound of The Police into the modern day. 

The band’s 2013 single, “Rude,” rode its love story to the top of the charts.  In March, Magic! released the single “Lay You Down Easy,” featuring Sean Paul, as the band continued to record a new album.

“This show by Magic! is part of our commitment to diversity in performers and styles of music.  Reggae music was made for summer sunshine and I know this is going to be a fun show,” said Waffner.

Performances previously announced for Chevy Court include:

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

  • Toto, Aug. 26 at 8 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.
  • Flo Rida, Sept. 1 at 8 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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