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Midnight Star to headline free FunkFest at New York State Fair

No parking on the dance floor at the Great New York State Fair.

Midnight Star will headline the 2022 Syracuse JAMS FunkFest at the NYS Fair’s Chevy Court stage on Saturday, Sept. 3. The funk band is best known for ’80s hits like “Freak-A-Zoid,” “Operator,” “Tuff,” “Body Snatchers” and “No Parking (On the Dance Floor),” plus the Whodini collaboration “Don’t Rock the Boat.”

The annual funk festival, featuring local and national groups performing all day long at Chevy Court, is produced in partnership with Syracuse Joined Artists, Musicians and Singers, Inc. Midnight Star will perform at 8:30 pm; other acts on the lineup will be announced at a later date.

“The Funk Fest provides an opportunity for local and regional bands to showcase their talents on a large-scale professional platform while opening for national recording artists,” Syracuse JAMS President Reggie Siegler said in a statement. “It fills a void for diverse communities to enjoy age and culturally specific entertainment attracting many to see themselves represented at the Fair.”

All concerts in the Chevrolet Music Series are free with New York State Fair admission.

More than 25 concerts have been announced to date for the 2022 New York State Fair, which begins next month. Chevy Park and Chevy Court are expected to feature two shows daily.

2022 New York State Fair Concert Schedule:

  • Aug 24 at 6 pm: Jimmie Allen at Chevy Court
  • Aug 24 at 8 pm: Chevelle at Chevy Park
  • Aug 25 at 6 pm: Great White at Chevy Court
  • Aug. 25 at 8 pm: The Art of Rap featuring Ice-T at Chevy Park
  • Aug 26 at 6 pm: Niko Moon at Chevy Court
  • Aug 26 at 8 pm TLC at Chevy Park
  • Aug 27 at 6 pm: Tesla at Chevy Court
  • Aug 28 at 8 pm: Foreigner at Chevy Park
  • Aug 29 at 8 pm: Boyz II Men at Chevy Park
  • Aug. 30 at 1 pm: Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone at Chevy Court
  • Aug. 30 at 6 pm: Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy at Chevy Court
  • Aug 30 at 8 pm: Boy George & Culture Club at Chevy Park
  • Aug 31 at 6 pm: .38 Special at Chevy Court
  • Aug 31 at 8 pm: Nelly at Chevy Park
  • Sept. 1 at 1 pm: Alex Miller at Chevy Court
  • Sept. 1 at 8 pm: Riley Green at Chevy Park
  • Sept. 2 at 1 pm: Tai Verdes at Chevy Court
  • Sept. 2 at 6 pm: Gin Blossoms at Chevy Court
  • Sept 2 at 8 pm: 24KGoldn at Chevy Park
  • Sept 3 at 2 pm: COIN at Chevy Park
  • Sept. 3 all day: Syracuse JAMS FunkFest at Chevy Court
  • Sept. 3 at 8:30 pm Midnight Star at Chevy Court
  • Sept. 3 at 8 pm: Dropkick Murphys at Chevy Park
  • Sept. 4 at 6 pm: ERNEST at Chevy Court
  • Sept. 4 at 8 pm: City Girls at Chevy Park
  • Sept. 5 at 1 pm: Resurrection – A Journey Tribute at Chevy Park
  • Sept. 5 at 4 pm: Night Ranger at Chevy Court

The 2022 NYS Fair is scheduled to run from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.

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