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Rapper Lil Yachty in First-Ever NYS Fair Appearance
New York Ag Connection - 03/13/2018

Rapper Lil Yachty, whose debut album soared on the Billboard album charts last year, will make his first appearance on the Chevy Court stage at the 2018 Great New York State Fair on Wednesday, August 29 at 8 pm. The Atlanta-born rapper's work as a featured artist on songs by D.R.A.M. and Kyle earned him Grammy nominations last year as well. The concert is free with Fair admission and is one of more than two dozen free shows by national touring acts to be presented this year. Concerts at Chevy Court, which drew more than a quarter million people in 2017, complement Central New York Rising, the region's comprehensive strategy to grow the economy.

"We're excited to bring Lil Yachty to Upstate New York. He's got a unique take on modern rap and we know fans will enjoy this show. We are committed to creating a lineup that represents the diversity of our great state and its musical tastes," said Troy Waffner, acting fair director.

This is the third concert to be announced for the 2018 Fair, joining Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits at 2 p.m. on Aug. 27 and Smokey Robinson at 8 p.m. on Aug. 27.

The Chevy Court stage is the home of up to 26 national touring acts each year. A diverse 2017 lineup, including performers and groups such as Migos, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Earth Wind & Fire, The Beach Boys and Three Doors Down drew 264,600 fairgoers. Chevy Court won two Syracuse Area Music Awards in 2017 as People's Choice for Favorite Venue for Live Music and Favorite Festival or Music Series. The Fair's concert efforts earned it a nomination for Fair of the Year from the International Entertainment Buyers association, the trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals. Concerts at Chevy Court are sponsored by Chevrolet, which also makes possible free tram service during the Fair.

Lil Yachty cruised to the forefront of pop culture in 2016 with 2016 mixtapes 'Lil Boat' and 'Summer Songs 2' and achieved an RIAA platinum certification for his smash "One Night." He joined D.R.A.M. for the 5x-platinum "Broccoli," receiving a 2017 Grammy Award nomination in the category of "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration." Following his initial "Summer Songs" EP, he dropped two acclaimed mixtapes--"Lil Boat" and "Summer Songs 2"--as well as his debut album "Teenage Emotions" in just over a year. A highly sought-after voice, he guested on Chance the Rapper's Grammy Award-winning "Coloring Book" and the Fate of the Furious Official Soundtrack. He also appeared on a barrage of other singles (alongside such top guns as Young Thug, Charli XCX, Post Malone, T-Pain and many more), on Kyle's Top 10 hit "ISpy," Migos' highly-acclaimed album "Culture," his label Quality Control's compilation "Control The Streets Volume I" and most recently Migos' #1 follow-up album, "Culture II"' And all that studio time came in between three electrifying tours, with shows often climaxing with some stage-diving alongside The Sailing Team.

The announcement complements "Central NY Rising," the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State already has invested nearly $3 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan - capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.

Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State's $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion - and the region's plan, as submitted, projects up to 5,900 new jobs.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 22 to September 3, 2018. The Fair's mission, reflected in its theme, "FIND YOUR GREAT," is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair's website. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, on Snapchat at nysfair and enjoy photos at the Fair's Flickr photo archive. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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