August 12, 2014
Albany, NY

Free ‘Beatlemania Again’ Show at the Great New York State Fair Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Beatle Invasion

Free ‘Beatlemania Again’ Show at the Great New York State Fair Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Beatle Invasion
Terrific Tribute Band Plays Free Show at Empire Theater Aug. 27

In August, 1964, teenagers were having “A Hard Day’s Night” summer.  Hordes of fans were packing movie theatres, the famous opening chord of the single was the signal for them to start dancing, and the soundtrack album was flying off record store shelves.  It was the year that The Beatles came to America, the year that rock n’ roll changed forever.  The Great New York State Fair offers fairgoers a chance to relive those years on Wednesday, August 27 at 8:00 p.m. when the tribute group Beatlemania Again performs for free in the Empire Theater, Acting State Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today.

The theater will be set up for dancing, with a handful of tables and a large dance floor to accommodate those who want to twist and shout to some of the greatest songs of all time.  The show runs until 9:30 p.m.

Beatlemania Again is a veteran four-piece national touring show that traces The Beatles’ career from the band’s debut on The Ed Sullivan Show to its final live performance just five years later.  The band uses no pre-recorded backing music and no off-stage musicians in order to create an authentic look and sound.

“This show is one of the new entertainment options we’re presenting in the Empire Theater and I just know this show is going to delight people who love the classic songs of The Beatles.  I encourage everyone to stop by that night to rediscover – or discover for the first time – the music of one of the world’s greatest bands,” said Waffner.

The performance is one of four special events being held in the Empire Theater this year, as the Fair continues to broaden its entertainment options.  The other events are:

  • Standup comedy from The Comedians from Chelsea Lately, on Saturday, August 23 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for this event are $20 and are available at the State Fair Box Office
  • The Brady Bunch Reunion, a moderated discussion with three former Brady Bunch kids, on Sunday, August 24 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets for this event are $20 and are available at the State Fair Box Office.
  • The Miss New York State Fair talent pageant, on Saturday, August 30, featuring a free talent show that evening.

The new events in the Empire Theater are among the more than two dozen new attractions and events taking place at the 2014 Great New York State Fair, highlighted by the all-new Wade Shows Midway. Other major activities, such as the Dairy Cow Birthing Center and the “Taste NY” Wine, Beer, and Spirits Bar at the Colonnade, have been expanded due to fairgoer demand.  This year’s tagline – “New Attractions, Old Favorites, Timeless Fun” – highlights the comprehensive effort to rejuvenate the Fair.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 21 – September 1, 2014.  The Fair’s mission, reflected in its 2014 theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment. 

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

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, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at [email protected].