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May 02, 2017

The Fabulous Thunderbirds to Blast Chevy Court with Rock and Blues Aug. 29 at the Great New York State Fair

Legendary Texas blues band The Fabulous Thunderbirds return to the Great New York State Fair for the first time in 30 years for a 2 p.m. show on Friday, Aug. 25 at Chevy Court, Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today.

Kim Wilson founded the Thunderbirds in 1974.  His hard-edged vocals helped the band’s best-known single, “Tuff Enuff,” crack the top 10 of the Billboard charts and become part of the soundtrack of two major films in 1986.  Wilson calls the T-birds “an American band,” because they have blended many styles of music into their base of traditional blues.  The great bluesman Muddy Waters once called Wilson his favorite harmonica player.

“You can hear the history of modern American popular music in the songs of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. This will be a show that people should circle on their calendars.  We’re very happy to have them back after a long time away,” said Waffner.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ only other performance at the Fair was on August 31, 1987.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds join a star-studded and diverse lineup that includes:

Concerts at Chevy Court are sponsored by Chevrolet.  All Chevy Court shows are free with Fair admission.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 23 to September 4, 2017. The Fair's mission, reflected in its theme, "FIND YOUR GREAT," is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

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, on Snapchat at nysfair 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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