Train and Maroon 5 to kick off 2011 New York State Fair

By WKTV News

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Train and Maroon5 will co-headline the first concert of the 2011 Grandstand concert series at the New York State Fair.

The two Grammy-winning, multi-platinum selling bands will perform on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Grandstand. Gavin DeGraw will open for the show.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7. They will cost $45 and $35 and will be available at the New York State Fair Box Office and through Ticketmaster. Admission to the Fair is included with the advanced purchase of a Grandstand concert ticket on the day of the show. Sales will be limited to eight tickets per person for the first week of ticket sales.

"Train and Maroon 5 are phenomenal bands and they are going to put on a great concert," said Dan O'Hara, New York State Fair director. "We are excited to have them kick off opening night of the 2011 New York State Fair."

Since forming in San Francisco in 1994, Train has made its mark in music history with its Grammy award-winning song "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" and chart-topping singles "Meet Virginia" and "Calling All Angels." The band has seen three of its albums reach top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart and has sold more than four million albums in the U.S. Now, with its fifth album, "Save Me San Francisco," Train is revisiting the rock sound from the early days that made the band such a force. The release has become the biggest release of the band's 16-year career, led by the smash success of the 2011 Grammy award-winning single "Hey Soul Sister."

Maroon 5 burst into the mainstream in 2002 with its debut record "Songs about Jane." Capturing its first of three Grammy awards as "Best New Artist" of 2005, the band then went on to sell more than 15 million albums worldwide. They followed that up with the double-platinum album, "It Won't Be Soon Before Long," which included hits such as "Makes Me Wonder" and "If I Never See Your Face Again." The band's releases have gone gold and platinum in more than 35 countries around the world.

Tickets to see the concert will be available at the New York State Fair Box Office on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Box Office, which charges no service fees, will not be open again until the next on-sale date. Regular hours will begin in early July. No one will be allowed to line up to buy tickets before 6 a.m. on May 7.

Ticket sales will be cash only at the State Fair Box Office as long as there is a line of customers. Credit cards (MasterCard and Visa) will be accepted after the line is gone.

Fans can also buy tickets online through or order and pay by phone by calling 1-800-745-3000 or 1-866-448-7849.

Tickets for people with special needs - including those who are hearing impaired, use a wheelchair or have difficulty climbing stairs - will go on sale at the same time as general seating tickets. They can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the New York State Fair Box Office.

Train and Maroon 5 is the third announced concert of the seven majors shows planned for the 2011 Grandstand concert series. Journey, Foreigner and Night Ranger will perform on Aug. 30 and Sugarland with opening act Sara Bareilles will perform on Sept. 3. Tickets for all three concerts go on sale May 7.

More New York State Fair concerts will be announced as their ticket information is confirmed. The 2011 Fair will run from Aug. 25 to Sept. 5.

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