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June 10, 2016

Pop Star Rachel Platten Brings ‘Fight Song’ to the Stage at Chevy Court Sept. 3, Along with a Great Big World

Pop star Rachel Platten and A Great Big World share the Chevy Court stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today.

Boston native Platten was on every radio and music player with her 2015 single “Fight Song.” She followed it up with “Stand By You,” which also hit the charts.  She earned a Daytime Emmy for her performance of “Fight Song” on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and a “Best Lyrics” award from the iHeartRadio music awards.

A Great Big World is Ian Axel and Chad King, whose breakout song, "This Is The New Year," was featured in an episode of "Glee."  Their next single, "Say Something," became a worldwide hit after it was re-recorded with Christina Aguilera and performed on "The Voice" and "The American Music Awards." The song has now sold over 6 million copies worldwide. A Great Big World returned in 2015 with their second album, “When The Morning Comes,” featuring the current radio single "Won't Stop Running."

The third group on tour with Platten and A Great Big World, Ithaca’s X Ambassadors, performs at 2 p.m. that day.

"This promises to be a great day of pop music and fans of well-written, heartfelt songs should circle this date on their calendars.  This is a terrific addition to the best lineup in Chevy Court's history," said Waffner.

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.
  • Brian Wilson’s “Pet Sounds” 50th anniversary tour with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, Aug. 29 at 8 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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