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Motley Crue coming to State Fair Grandstand

Motley Crue will be rocking out the Grandstand during the State Fair this summer. The group will play on Thursday, September 3rd.
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State Fairgrounds (WSYR-TV) - Motley Crue will be rocking out the Grandstand during the State Fair this summer. The group will play on Thursday, September 3rd.

Information about what other bands will be joining Motley Crue, or ticket prices and on-sale dates, has not yet been released.

We'll add more information to this story as we get it. Scroll down for a complete list of acts announced so far.

More New York State Fair concerts will be announced as their ticket information is confirmed. Admission to the fair is free with the purchase of any concert ticket bought before the day of the show.

The 2009 Fair will run from August 27 to September 7th.



2009 Grandstand Acts
Thu., Aug. 27  
Fri., Aug. 28 Country music star Kenny Cheseny
Sat., Aug. 29  
Sun., Aug. 30  
Mon., Aug. 31  
Tues., Sept. 1  
Wed., Sept. 2  
Thu., Sept. 3 Motley Crue
Fri., Sept. 4  
Sat., Sept. 5  
Sun., Sept. 6  
Mon., Sept. 7  
2009 Chevrolet Court Acts
Thu., Aug. 27 2pm:
  8pm:
Fri., Aug. 28 2pm:
  8pm:
Sat., Aug. 29 2pm:
  8pm:
Sun., Aug. 30 2pm:
  8pm: Country music star Sara Evans
Mon., Aug. 31 2pm:
  8pm: The Four Tops
Tues., Sept. 1 2pm:
  8pm:
Wed., Sept. 2 2pm:
  8pm:
Thu., Sept. 3 2pm:
  8pm:
Fri., Sept. 4 2pm:
  8pm: Alternative rock band Switchfoot
Sat., Sept. 5 2pm:
  8pm:
Sun., Sept. 6 2pm:
  8pm:
Mon., Sept. 7 2pm:
  8pm:

State Fair announces three Chevy Court acts

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The legendary Four Tops, country music star Sara Evans, and alternative rock band Switchfoot are some of the dozens of acts that have been scheduled to play on Chevy Court at this year's New York State Fair.

The State Fair says it is part of a new effort to offer twice as much national entertainment for the regular price of Fair admission.

The three performers are the first of about two dozen national acts that will be announced over the next two months for Chevy Court, which is free for anyone attending. The Fair says in 2008, eleven national acts – fewer than half of what is planned for 2009 – played the venue.

Evans will sing on Sunday, Aug. 30; The Four Tops will play on Monday, Aug. 31; and Switchfoot will play on Friday, Sept. 4. All three acts will play at 8 p.m. on Chevy Court, with a different national artist performing at 2 p.m. on the same stage.

In the past, the same artist performed two concerts on Chevy Court, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.

Earlier this year, the Fair decided to reduce the number of paid concerts at the grandstand from 11 to seven, and dedicated more resources to hiring performers for Chevy Court. (scroll down to read our previous coverage).

All Chevy Court concerts are included in the price of Fair admission. The Fair says ticket prices, $6 in advance, $10 at the gate – will not be increased for 2009.

The Fair says the expanded format at Chevy Court will allow the Fair to offer a more diversified lineup of entertainment. The afternoon concerts will tend to be aimed more at seniors and families; the evenings will feature adult-oriented performances from a wide range of genres.

Kenny Chesney to play at New York State Fair

Geddes (WSYR-TV) – Kenny Chesney, the country superstar who was one of the top selling concert ticket performers in 2008, will return to play at the New York State Fair Grandstand.

Tickets for the concert, scheduled for August 28, will go on sale February 28. They will cost $65 and $55, and will be available at the Fair’s box office, at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at Ticketmaster.

Country singer Jake Owen is scheduled as the opening act.

Chesney played to 17,303 people at the Fairground’s Grandstand in 2007, breaking the previous record he’d set there in 2004.

The concert is the first announced act of the Fair’s 2009 concert series. More New York State Fair concerts will be announced as their ticket information is confirmed. Admission to the fair is free with the purchase of any concert ticket bought before the day of the show.

The 2009 Fair will run from August 27 to September 7th.

2009 Fair: Fewer Grandstand concerts, more free music acts

Syracuse, New York (WSYR-TV) – The 2009 New York State Fair will have fewer Grandstand concerts, but more free entertainment at Chevy Court.

On Monday, the State Fair issued a new Request for Proposals, or RFP, for entertainment at the State Fair. The new RFP asks for concert promoters to submit proposals for seven nights of grandstand entertainment, and increased entertainment at Chevy Court.

To accommodate the concert restructuring, the State Fair will shave its Grandstand concert budget from $3.5 million to $2.5 million, and the Chevy Court budget will be increased from $450,000 to $750,000.

State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker says Grandstand concerts were reduced after it was found that only ten percent of fairgoers were attending the paid concerts. The state agriculture office oversees the Fair.

This is the second RFP issued for entertainment at the 2009 Fair; Live Nation, which booked the 2008 Fair, was the only one to respond to the initial RFP, and they did not meet the RFP’s requirements.

The new RFP is a one-year contract, with two renewal options at the Fair’s discretion. 

CLICK HERE to read the full RFP.

State press release: November 10, 2008

State Issues New RFP for 2009 State Fair Entertainment

RFP: More Free Entertainment at Chevy Court, Fewer Acts at Grandstand

ALBANY, NY -- New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker and New York State Fair Director Dan O'Hara today announced a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for entertainment at the 2009 New York State Fair. The RFP requests the booking and promoting of entertainment, as done last year. But in an effort to create even greater value for fairgoers, the State Fair is seeking to increase and diversify its free entertainment offered at Chevy Court, while reducing the nights of national entertainment at the Grandstand.

"The New York State Fair has been one of the few fair venues in the nation to offer eleven consecutive nights of national entertainment," the Commissioner said. "With only ten percent of fairgoers attending these concerts and the state of the national economy, it makes sense to provide more high quality, free acts at Chevy Court, even if it means offering fewer nights of paid entertainment at the Grandstand. This scenario will create greater value for fairgoers and will enable us to better fulfill our mission of providing a fun and affordable family atmosphere."

The RFP, available today at www.agmkt.state.ny.us, seeks proposals that book and promote seven nights of entertainment at the Grandstand, a reduction in national entertainment from previous years. To diversify and provide more family-oriented shows, the RFP also asks for increased entertainment at Chevy Court, which is offered free to all fairgoers. The RFP is for a one-year contract with two renewal options at the discretion of the New York State Fair. Proposals are due December 1, 2008.

To accommodate its requests in the RFP, the Department increased its budget for Chevy Court entertainment from $450,000 to $750,000, and reduced its budget for Grandstand entertainment from $3.5 million to $2.5 million.

New York State Fair Director Dan O'Hara said, "Since 2007, we have been looking for ways to streamline costs and reduce financial risks associated with the State Fair's concert series. Escalating concert costs, and the possibilities of inclement weather, low concert attendance and insurance liabilities all threaten the financial well-being of the State Fair enterprise as a whole. This new RFP reprioritizes funds, which lessens the Fair's financial exposure, but continues to provide top national acts, as well as more and better free entertainment for the nearly one million people that visit the New York State Fair."

This is the second RFP issued for the State Fair's 2009 entertainment. The previous RFP sought proposals that would book, promote and operate the entire Grandstand entertainment venue, ultimately privatizing the entertainment at the State Fair and eliminating all risk associated with its concert series. One proposal was received from Live Nation Worldwide, which did not meet the requirements outlined in the RFP, and therefore, the RFP resulted in no award.

Last year, the State Fair contracted with a national promoter for the first time in recent history. Concert costs have escalated across the nation, motivating the Fair to seek professional services to book and promote its entertainment. Performers are guaranteed a minimum fee, which is paid by the Fair even if the concert is canceled due to inclement weather and tickets are refunded. Last year, the State Fair paid twice the amount it did five years ago for eleven nights of entertainment.
The RFP is now available on the Department's website at www.agmkt.state.ny.us under the "Funding Opportunities" section.

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