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June 25, 2018

Rapper and Actor Ludacris to Perform on Chevy Court at the 2018 Great New York State Fair

Chevy Court Concerts Complement "Central NY Rising" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Rapper and actor Ludacris, whose music spent a decade at the top of the singles and album charts and whose hosting of "Fear Factor" on MTV has that show at the top of the ratings, will perform on the Chevy Court stage at the Great New York State Fair on Friday, August 24 at 8 p.m. Free concerts at Chevy Court, which drew more than a quarter million people in 2017, complement Central New York Rising, the region’s comprehensive strategy to grow the economy.

"Our diverse Chevy Court lineup continues with the addition of an artist of Ludacris' stature. We're committed to putting on the best set of performances in our history and are well on our way," said Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner.

Ludacris joins a diverse lineup that includes:

  • Blondie, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 22
  • Dave Mason & Steve Cropper, at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 23
  • Ravyn Lenae, at 2 p.m. Friday, August 24
  • LIVE, at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 25
  • Counting Crows, at 8 p.m. Saturday, August 25
  • Jackyl, at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 26
  • Hunter Hayes, at 8 p.m. Sunday, August 26
  • Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, at 2 p.m. Monday, August 27
  • Smokey Robinson, at 8 p.m. Monday, August 27
  • Dickey Betts, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 28
  • Lil Yachty, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 29
  • Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy, at 8 p.m. Friday, August 31
  • A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, at 8 p.m. Sunday, September 2
  • Maren Morris, at 1 p.m. Monday, September 3
  • Niall Horan, at 6 p.m. Monday, September 3

The Chevy Court stage is the home of up to 26 national touring acts each year.  A diverse 2017 lineup, including performers and groups such as Migos, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Earth Wind & Fire, The Beach Boys and Three Doors Down drew 264,600 fairgoers.  Chevy Court won two Syracuse Area Music Awards in 2017 as People’s Choice for Favorite Venue for Live Music and Favorite Festival or Music Series.  The Fair was nominated for Fair of the Year by the International Entertainment Buyers association, the trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals.  Free concerts at Chevy Court are sponsored by Chevrolet.

About Ludacris

Ludacris, a multitalented recording artist and acclaimed actor, has sold more than 15 million albums domestically, thanks to the blockbuster success of such singles as “Stand Up,” “Get Back,” “Southern Hospitality,” “Number One Spot,” “Money Maker” and “My Chick Bad.” All of these records were accompanied by ingenious videos that demonstrated Bridges’ far-reaching imagination, and his willingness to stretch the boundaries of what rap videos should look and feel like.

He recently released his 8th studio album, Ludaversal and starred in Furious 7, the seventh installment in the global box-office hit franchise. His other feature film credits include Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious 6; Fast Five;  2 Fast 2 Furious; Garry Marshall’s ensemble comedy New Year’s Eve; and Ivan Reitman’s romantic comedy, No Strings Attached, opposite Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman, and he has given acclaimed performances in film, (Crash, Hustle & Flow), and television, (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).

Accelerating Central NY Rising

Today's announcement complements “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $4.7 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.

Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 22 to September 3, 2018. 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 Flickr.com/photos/nysfair. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at statefairideas@agriculture.ny.gov.

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