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May 24, 2017

Legendary Band the Beach Boys Bring Timeless Harmonies to Chevy Court Stage at the Great New York State Fair

The Band Returns to the Fair for the First Time in Nearly Two Decades

The Beach Boys, one of the greatest bands in rock 'n’ roll history will return to the Great New York State Fair at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 25 on the Chevy Court stage, Acting Director Troy Waffner announced today.

The Beach Boys are the preeminent vocal group in all of popular music.  In a career spanning six decades, the band has sold more than 100 million records and put 36 singles into the top 10 of the Billboard chart.  They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and the album "Pet Sounds" has been preserved in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress and inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.  

"The Beach Boys' music is as rich and vital today as it was the day it was first recorded.  We are honored to bring them back to the Fair and I urge everyone to make time to enjoy these timeless and amazing songs," said Waffner.

This will be the 13th appearance at the Great New York State Fair for the Beach Boys and the first since 1999.

The Beach Boys join a lineup at Chevy Court 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
  • Kansas, 8 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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