Zac Brown Band Taking a ‘Highway 20 Ride’ Across Upstate This Summer

The last time the Zac Brown Band was in upstate New York, it sold out the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Friday, the band announced its Black Out the Sun tour, and plenty of New York sheds are on the itinerary.

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The Atlanta-based band hit the big time with its song “Chicken Fried,” a song originally recorded by the band in 2003 for the band’s debut album. But, as Brown revealed in Dave Grohl’s Sonic Highways series for HBO, fame did not come easy.

In 2006, Brown allowed the country band The Lost Trailers to record the song, provided it was not released as a single. When The Lost Trailers scored a record deal, Sony Nashville decided “Chicken Fried” was the song they wanted to release as a single. Brown had his lawyer issue a cease-and-desist order and the song was pulled from radio. Brown’s version of the song eventually reached number one on the country charts in October 2008, and he and his band have since gone on to win three Grammy Awards and sell out venues across the country since.

Check out the Zac Brown Band’s 2010 performance with Leon Russell below:

The Black Out the Sun tour, supported by Drake White and the Big Fire,  kicks off at the Jackson Hole Rendez Vous in Wyoming March 19, winding its way across the country before hitting New York at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on July 3. Other New York dates include Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse July 21, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts July 22, Citi Field in Flushing Aug. 19 and Saratoga Performing Arts Center Sept. 3, the finale show of the summer tour.

Ticket sales for the Lakeview show begin Friday, March 4. Pre-sale is March 1. Prices haven’t been established. See the band’s website for details.

Black Out the Sun Tour Dates:

MAR 19: JACKSON HOLE RENDEZVOUS, Teton Village, WY
APR 1: CENTURYLINK CENTER OMAHA, Omaha, NE
APR 2: INTRUST BANK ARENA, Wichita, KS
APR 3: BOK CENTER, Tulsa, OK
APR 16-17: SOUTHERN GROUND MUSIC & FOOD FESTIVAL, Charleston, SC
APR 30: IHEART COUNTRY FESTIVAL, Austin, TX
MAY 19: XFINITY THEATRE, Hartford, CT
MAY 20: BB&T PAVILION, Camden, NJ
MAY 21: FIRST NIAGARA PAVILION, Burgettstown, PA
MAY 22: KLIPSCH MUSIC CENTER, Noblesville, IN
MAY 27: SPRINT CENTER, Kansas City, MO
MAY 28: TARGET FIELD, Minneapolis, MN
JUN 3: SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, Mountain View, CA
JUN 4: IRVINE MEADOWS AMPHITHEATRE, Irvine, CA
JUN 5: THE FORUM, Inglewood, CA
JUN 16-JUN 19: COUNTRY JAM 2016, Mack, CO
JUN 24: BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
JUN 25: ALPINE VALLEY MUSIC THEATRE, East Troy, WI
JUN 26: ALPINE VALLEY MUSIC THEATRE, East Troy, WI
JUL 1: RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER, Cincinnati, OH
JUL 2: DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE, Clarkston, MI
JUL 3: DARIEN LAKE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, Darien Center, NY
JUL 8-9: CMT MUSIC FEST 2016, Kitchener, Ont
JUL 14: CALGARY STAMPEDE, Calgary, AB
JUL 14-17: CRAVEN COUNTRY JAMBOREE, Craven, Saskatchewan
JUL 21: LAKEVIEW AMPHITHEATER, Syracuse, NY
JUL 22: BETHEL WOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Bethel, NY
JUL 23: HERSHEYPARK STADIUM, Hershey, PA
AUG 12: MINUTE MAID PARK, Houston, TX
AUG 13: GEXA ENERGY PAVILION, Dallas, TX
AUG 14: AUSTIN360 AMPHITHEATER, Austin, TX
AUG 19: CITI FIELD, Flushing, NY
AUG 20: FENWAY PARK, Boston, MA
AUG 21: FENWAY PARK, Boston, MA
SEP 2: JIFFY LUBE LIVE, Bristow, VA
SEP 3: SARATOGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, Saratoga Springs, NY