NY – May 2017 / Newsmaker Alert / Legendary Texas blues band
The Fabulous Thunderbirds return to the Great
New York State Fair for the first time in 30 years for a 2 p.m. show
on Friday, Aug. 25 at Chevy
Court, Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner announced Tuesday (May 2).
Kim Wilson founded the Thunderbirds
in 1974. His hard-edged vocals helped the band’s best-known single, “Tuff
Enuff,” crack the top 10 of the Billboard charts and become part of the
soundtrack of two major films in 1986. Wilson calls the T-birds “an American
band,” because they have blended many styles of music into their base of
traditional blues. The great bluesman Muddy Waters once called Wilson his
favorite harmonica player.
“You can hear the history
of modern American popular music in the songs of the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
This will be a show that people should circle on their calendars. We’re
very happy to have them back after a long time away,” said Waffner.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds’
only other performance at the Fair was on August 31, 1987.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
join a star-studded and diverse lineup that includes:
Concerts at Chevy Court are
sponsored by Chevrolet. All Chevy
Court shows are free with Fair admission.
Robert Randolph and the Family
Band, 2 pm, August 23
3 Doors Down, 8 pm, August 23
Peter Noone, 2 pm, August 28
The Marshall Tucker Band, 2
pm, August 29
Taylor Dayne, 2 pm, August 30
About the Great New York
York State Fair, operated by the New
York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August
23 to September 4, 2017. The Fair’s mission, reflected in its theme, “Find
Your Great...,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing
The 375-acre New York State
Fairgrounds is undergoing the most significant transformation since it
first opened its gates in 1890. The $50 million plan, announced by Governor
Andrew M. Cuomo, revitalizes the grounds in many ways, improving the quality
of the fairgoer’s experience and providing greater economic benefits for
the region. Improvements include the dramatic new Main Gate— the arches
of which recall the carriage gate that greeted fairgoers in 1900, a larger,
15-acre Wade Shows Midway that will hold more rides than ever, and the
brand new 315-site Empire RV Park with underground water, sewer and electrical
service. The plan will better position the New York State Fairgrounds as
a premier year-round, multi-use facility that can attract more events and
visitors from across the nation. Renderings can be viewed
A year-round schedule
of events is available on the Fair’s
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follow @NYSFair on Twitter, 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 email@example.com.
Public Information Officer
NYS Department of Agriculture
New York State Fair
315-487-7711 x 1377