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July 11, 2017

Rock Hall of Famers the Family Stone to Bring Classic Soul to Chevy Court at the Great New York State Fair

It will be an afternoon of hot fun in the summertime when The Family Stone brings the classic soul music of Sly and the Family Stone to the Chevy Court stage at the Great New York State Fair at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 24, Acting Director Troy Waffner announced today.

Sly and the Family Stone was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and on its website, the Rock Hall sums up the group this way: “Rock’s first integrated, multi-gender band became funky Pied Pipers to the Woodstock Generation, synthesizing rock, soul, R&B, funk and psychedelia into danceable, message-laden, high-energy music. In promoting their gospel of tolerance and celebration of differences, Sly and the Family Stone brought disparate audiences together…”  Founding members of the soul group Jerry Martini and Greg Errico are keeping the band’s music alive.  They’ll play hits such as “Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin),” “Everyday People,” and “Dance to the Music.”  On vocals is Phunne Stone, who goes by Ray Syl.  She’s the daughter of two of the band’s other founders, Sly Stone and trumpeter Cynthia Robinson.

“This is music for a party and music that brings people together.  I hope everyone will come see this fantastic group because their message of peace and love has never been more relevant,” said Waffner.

The show takes place on the first of two Three Dollar Thursdays, when admission is just $3.

The Family Stone 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
  • Chevelle, 8 pm, August 24
  • The Fabulous Thunderbirds, 2 pm, August 25
  • The Beach Boys, 7 pm, August 25
  • Post Malone, 2 pm, August 27
  • Earth Wind & Fire, 8 pm, August 27
  • Peter Noone, 2 pm, August 28
  • Kansas, 8 pm, August 28
  • The Marshall Tucker Band, 2 pm, August 29
  • Daya, 8 pm, August 29
  • Taylor Dayne, 2 pm, August 30
  • LeAnn Rimes, 8 pm, August 31
  • Blue Öyster Cult, 8 pm, September 1
  • Spin Doctors, 2 pm, September 3
  • Migos, 8 pm, September 3
  • UB40, 2 pm, September 4

Free 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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