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June 09, 2016

Brian Wilson to Recreate All-Time Classic Album “Pet Sounds” in Chevy Court Performance with Special Guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin

One of the greatest albums in all of rock n’ roll will be performed on the Chevy Court stage when Brian Wilson celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys’ legendary “Pet Sounds” album at 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 29 at the Great New York State Fair, Acting Director Troy Waffner announced today. Wilson will be joined by Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin and his band. They will take the audience through every song on the album, and will also perform other hits and fan favorites from more than half a century of their music.

“Pet Sounds” is universally hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time. In 1965, with the Beach Boys out on tour, Wilson began session work on some of the most deeply personal recordings of his career. Inspired by The Beatles’ “Rubber Soul,” he challenged himself to create an immaculate musical masterpiece. A vast departure from the band’s then commercial sound, the resulting concept album “Pet Sounds” achieved great critical and commercial success, helping create a new musical landscape.

“It’s really been a trip to sit here and think about releasing “Pet Sounds” 50 years ago,” says Wilson, a legendary writer, producer, arranger and performer of some of the most cherished music in pop music history. “I love performing this album with my band and look forward to playing it for fans all across the world.”

“This is a very special, once in a lifetime event. We’re thrilled to have been able to secure a performance of this magnitude and I know this will be a magical night for fans of that band and album, but also a great night for others to discover some of the most important music of its time.  Our theme this year is ‘Find Your Great.’ People will absolutely find something great in this show,” said Waffner.

Wilson’s performance happens on the first of two Senior Days at the Fair.  Adults age 60 and over get into the Fair for free on those days. 

Performances previously announced for Chevy Court include:

  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m.
  • Kesha, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m.
  • Toto, Aug. 26 at 8 p.m.
  • MAGIC!, Aug. 27 at 2 p.m.
  • Air Supply, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m.
  • Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers, Aug. 28 at 8 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.
  • Three Days Grace, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m.
  • Flo Rida, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.
  • A Tribe Called Red, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m.
  • Culture Club, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m.
  • X Ambassadors, Sept. 3, 2 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 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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