The Great New York State Fair has a Stellar lineup of music in store for 2021!

The Great New York State Fair has released lineup of concerts and music performances for 2021 to be held in Syracuse at the State Fairgrounds from August 20th through September 6th.

The Fair was founded in 1832 by a group of farmers for agricultural improvement and local fairs. It wasn’t until the 1950s-1960s the fair was used for entertainment where singers came to perform.

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Artists performing at the 2021 edition of the Great New York State Fair include the following national and local artists:

Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots August 20th at 2p.m.

Radio & TV personality Bobby Bones brings his musical comedy band Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots to the Great New York State Fair on opening day, Friday, August 20. The New York Times bestselling author and host and executive producer of his own breakout television series Breaking Bobby Bones on National Geographic will perform at 2 p.m. on the Chevy Park stage in the New York Experience festival grounds. All Chevrolet Music Festival concerts are free with $3 Fair admission.

LOCASH August 20th at 7p.m.

Hart-topping country duo LOCASH will open what will be the largest slate of national touring band concerts ever presented at the Great New York State Fair on the Chevy Park Stage Friday, August 20. The band behind hits such as “I Know Somebody” and “I Love This Life” will perform as part of the Chevrolet Music Festival. All concerts are free with Fair admission.

Nas August 20th at 8p.m.

Rap legend Nas will come to the Fair’s Chevy Park stage for an 8 p.m. show.

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Ratt August 21, 2021 at 8p.m.

Hard-rockin’ California band Ratt will take the Chevy Park audience “Round And Round” Saturday, August 21 at the Great New York State Fair as part of the Chevrolet Music Festival. The band, known for its steady stream of rock hits as well as its appearance in a funny commercial for GEICO insurance, will perform at a time to be announced. All concerts are free with Fair admission.

98 Degrees August 21, 2021 at 8p.m.

The men of R&B pop supergroup 98 Degrees will bring their hits, including “Give Me Just One Night” and more to the Chevy Park stage Saturday, August 21 at 8 p.m. during the 2021 Great New York State Fair. It’s the group’s second appearance, following a concert in 2001. All concerts are free with $3 Fair admission.

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Brothers Osborne August 22, 2021 at 8p.m.

Brothers Osborne bring their hard-driving, good-time country to the 2021 Great New York State Fair’s Chevy Park stage Sunday, August 22 at 8 p.m. as part of the Chevrolet Music Festival. TJ and John Osborne have had big hits with “Stay A Little Longer” and “It Ain’t My Fault,” as well as a hit collaboration with Dierks Bentley, “Burning Man.”

Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra August 23, 2021 at 2p.m.

Grammy-winning group Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra will bring an afternoon of high-energy polka music to the 2021 Great New York State Fair at 2 p.m. Monday, August 23. Sturr and his band won the Grammy for Best Polka Music 18 of the 24 times the prize was awarded. 

Bishop Briggs August 23, 2021 at 7p.m.

Bishop Briggs will perform on the Chevy Park stage at the Chevrolet Music Festival at the 2021 Great New York State Fair Monday, August 23. The Scottish-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter hit the alternative and rock charts with songs such as “Wild Horses” and “River.”

Foreigner August 23, 2021 at 8p.m.

One of the most popular rock bands of all time, Foreigner, will perform on the Chevy Park stage at the Chevrolet Music Festival at the 2021 Great New York State Fair Monday, August 23 at 8 p.m. Founding member Mick Jones leads the band that scored nine Top 10 hits on the Billboard charts, including “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Feels Like The First Time” and “Cold As Ice.” It will be the fourth appearance for Foreigner at the Fair, following shows in 1994, 2006 and 2011.

The Spinners August 24, 2021 at 2p.m.

The Spinners, the legendary soul group behind unforgettable hits such as “I’ll Be Around,” “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love?” and “Rubberband Man,” will return to the Great New York State Fair with a 2 p.m. performance Tuesday, August 24 at a venue to be announced. It will be the seventh appearance for The Spinners, stretching back to 1985.

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DSL* Dire Straits Legacy August 24, 2021 at 7p.m.

DSL* Dire Straits Legacy, which features musicians who performed and recorded with the band during its days atop the world’s music charts plus top class musicians such as Trevor Horn, will perform at the 2021 Great New York State Fair as part of the Chevrolet Music Festival.

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Train August 24, 2021 at 8p.m.

Train, the San Francisco-based band behind the hits “Meet Virginia,” “Drops of Jupiter” and “Hey, Soul Sister,” returns to the Great New York State Fair with an 8 p.m. performance Tuesday, August 24 at the Chevy Park stage as part of the Chevrolet Music Festival.

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Jameson Rodgers August 25, 2021 at 2p.m.

Jameson Rodgers takes the Chevy Park stage at the 2021 Great New York State Fair’ Wednesday, August 25 at 2 p.m. as part of the Chevrolet Music Festival.

Russell Dickerson August 25, 2021 at 7p.m.

Country music star Russell Dickerson will make his Great New York State Fair debut on the Chevy Park stage at the Chevrolet Music Festival Wednesday, August 25. Dickerson owns four #1 singles: “Yours,” “Blue Tacoma,” “Every Little Thing” and “Love You Like I Used To” as well as a handful of awards nominations from the Academy of Country Music, CMT and iHeart.

REO Speedwagon August 25, 2021 at 8p.m.

Arena rock superstars REO Speedwagon return to the Great New York State Fair’s Chevrolet Music Festival with an 8 p.m. show Wednesday, August 25. The band behind classic hits such as “Ridin’ The Storm Out,” “Keep On Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling” will make its sixth appearance at the Fair.

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Three Dog Night August 26, 2021 at 7p.m.

In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets than Three Dog Night. Their hits wind through the fabric of pop culture today, whether on the radio where they are heard day in and day out, in TV commercials or in major motion pictures — songs like “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)”, “Joy to the World”, “Black and White”, “Shambala” and “One” serve to heighten our emotions and crystallize their continuing popularity.

Additional New York State Fair concerts later in August and early September 2021

CNCO Friday, August 27, 2021 at 7p.m.

Great White and Vixen Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 7p.m.

The Oak Ridge Boys Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 2p.m.

Jamey Johnson Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 7p.m.

Halestorm Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 8p.m.

Sheena Easton Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 2p.m.

Blue Öyster Cult Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 7p.m.

Nelly Wednesday September 1, 2021 at 8p.m.

Starship featuring Mickey Thomas Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 7p.m.

Third Eye Blind Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 8p.m.

Uncle Kracker Friday, September 3, 2021 at 2p.m.

Blues Traveler Friday, September 3, 2021 at 7p.m.

AJR Friday, September 3, 2021 at 8p.m.

Cold War Kicks Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 2p.m.

The Mavericks en Español Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 2p.m.

Jesse McCartney Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 2p.m.

The Mavericks Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 7p.m.

Sheff G. & Sleepy Hollow Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 8p.m.

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Monday, September 6, 2021 at 6p.m.

Resurrection: A Journey Tribute Monday, September 6, 2021 at 7p.m.

Updated on August 17, 2021: The NYS Fair announced on August 12, 2021 southern rock band Jackyl will be replacing Dire Straits Legacy in the line up at the Chevy Court Stage on August 24 at 7 PM.

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