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All Time Low to Perform on State Fair Experience Stage
New York Ag Connection - 06/11/2018

All Time Low, whose six albums and many singles have made them a rock radio staple for the last decade, will perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 23 on the Experience Stage in the New York Experience festival area on the western end of the Fairgrounds, Acting Director Troy Waffner announced today. The performance comes on the first of two Three Dollar Thursdays, which features admission for just $3. Free concerts at the Fair complement Central New York Rising, the region's comprehensive strategy to grow the economy.

"We've built a beautiful festival grounds on the west end and know that All Time Low will draw a great crowd there to enjoy the scenery there and some excellent music. We're excited for the lineup on our second stage," Waffner said.

Several national touring acts will perform on the stage, including Eddie Money, who will perform at 7 p.m. on opening night Aug. 22. The stage will also feature a mix of major bands from across Upstate New York and national touring tribute bands. The stage will also host performances for the new Latino Village Weekend and the returning Syracuse JAMS FunkFest.

Formed in 2003, founding members Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Zack Merrick and Rian Dawson have placed their last five albums in the top 10, including last year's "Last Young Renegade." "There's a very nostalgic quality to this record," Gaskarth said. "There are a lot of strings that tie each song together, which had to do with what we were going through at the time. All of these things were quietly affecting where my head was at creatively. The deaths of Prince, David Bowie, and George Michael and watching shows like Stranger Things brought me back to being a little kid. There are touches of those inspirations creeping across. It's those emotions of sitting in front of the TV cross-legged at six-years-old watching Ghostbusters for the first time. That was a guiding force for how we wrote and approached this." "It wasn't about recreating anything directly, but trying to simply reflect those emotions," Barakat agreed. Gaskarth added, "We asked ourselves, 'How do we not only get that feeling, but give it to people?'"

Known for unforgettable shows around the globe, the band has also ignited stages everywhere from Voodoo Music Experience to Warped Tour and on the road with blink-182, Fall Out Boy, Green Day and more.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from Aug. 22 to Sept. 3. 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.

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