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May 18, 2017

Progressive Rock Superstars Kansas to Perform at Chevy Court at the Great New York State Fair

Legendary rock group Kansas, whose “Carry On Wayward Son” is a classic rock staple, will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, August 28 on the Chevy Court stage at the Great New York State Fair, Acting Director Troy Waffner announced today.

With a legendary career spanning more than four decades, Kansas has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic classic rock bands. This "garage band" from Topeka released their debut album in 1974 and has gone on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide.

Kansas’ fifteen studio albums and five live albums produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-platinum albums (“Leftoverture,” “Point of Know Return” and “Best of Kansas”), one platinum live album (“Two for the Show”), and two one million-selling gold singles, “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind.”  “Wayward Son” continues to be one of the top five most played songs on classic rock radio, and “Dust In the Wind” has been played on the radio more than three million times. In 2016, the band released “The Prelude Implicit,” its 15th studio album and first in 16 years.

“Progressive rock fans are in for a treat. Not only are these songs that people know by heart, but the musicianship of Kansas is outstanding.  They’ve been great every time they’ve been here and I know they’ll be great again.  Don’t miss this show,” said Waffner.

This will be Kansas’ fourth appearance at the Fair and the first since 2010.

The band plays on the first of two Senior Days, in which all seniors receive free admission.  There is also a special promotion on the Wade Shows Midway, called Midway Monday, which offers a wristband good for 10 rides for $10.  Details on all special days and promotional events can be found here.

Randolph joins a star-studded and diverse lineup that includes:

  • Robert Randolph and the Family Band, 2 pm, August 23
  • 3 Doors Down, 8 pm, August 23
  • The Fabulous Thunderbirds, 2 pm, August 25
  • Peter Noone, 2 pm, August 28
  • The Marshall Tucker Band, 2 pm, August 29
  • Taylor Dayne, 2 pm, August 30
  • LeAnn Rimes, 8 pm, August 31
  • Spin Doctors, 2 pm, September 3

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 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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