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July 09, 2018

All-Time Greats the Temptations to Perform at Chevy Court During 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

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Temptations make a triumphant return to the Chevy Court stage Tuesday, August 28 at 2 p.m. at the 2018 Great New York State Fair, Acting Director Troy Waffner announced today. The performance is on the second of two Senior Days, which feature free admission for people age 60 and older. 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.

“It’s a pleasure to be able to bring back to Chevy Court one of the greatest vocal groups of all time. From the classic Motown hits of the 60’s to the new music they’ve just recorded, this group covers nearly the entire history of rock n’ roll and soul. I urge fans of any age and any style of music to come see what greatness sounds like,” said Waffner.

It’s the ninth appearance at the Fair for The Temptations, with the last appearance coming in 2006.

The Temptations join the most diverse lineup in New York State Fair history, which 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
  • Ludacris, at 8 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
  • Hanson, at 8 p.m. Thursday, August 30
  • Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy, at 8 p.m. Friday, August 31
  • Collective Soul, at 2 p.n. Saturday, September 1
  • 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 The Temptations

For nearly 60 years, The Temptations have reigned as one of popular music's most beloved and successful groups worldwide, lauded by Billboard in 2017 as the #1 R&B Artist of All Time. The Temptations rose to the top of the charts with 16 #1 R&B albums and 43 Top Ten R&B hit songs across four decades, including 14 #1 singles. Their hits "My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," and "Get Ready" are timeless, iconic classics, while the group's later forays into funk and psychedelia, including "Cloud Nine" and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," are just as influential. The group is one of Rolling Stone's “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.”

The Temptations are pleased to announce their first new album in eight years, “All The Time.” “All The Time” features inspired renditions of songs by Sam Smith, Bruno Mars, John Mayer, Maxwell, Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, and The Weeknd, and three new, original Temptations songs.

The Temptations were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999, and into the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2013, the same year they were honored with the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. Winner of four Grammy Awards, they received Motown's first-ever Grammy in 1969 for "Cloud Nine." The Temptations are: Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs, and Willie Greene.

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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