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Flat (out) Stanley

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Hammer on stage at the NYS Fair (Chevy Court) with his hype dancers (circa 2009)

Hammer on stage at the NYS Fair (Chevy Court) with his hype dancers (circa 2009)

Syracuse.com writer Chris Baker wrote a story today talking about the greatest New York State Fair concert moments of all time.

For our taste the 2009 visit by Hammer (aka MC Hammer, aka Stanley Burrell) still reverberates near Chevy Court. On a warm, muggy night in September the artist may have been past the peak of his superpowers, but he put on a show for the ages.  The Hip Hop experience featured a dozen or so dancers that nearly set the stage on fire. At one point he even invited about 50 audience members on stage with him for a finale that turned the mutha out.

Hard to believe, but the show was free (with admission to the Fair) and the seating was first come-first serve. 

Hammer surfs the State Fair crowd

Hammer surfs the State Fair crowd

Throwback Thursday: Make My Funk the P-Funk

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Uncle Jams, Sir Nose, Mr. P. Funk, the Atomic Dogg: George Clinton is a man of many facets, each one funkier than the next.

Uncle Jams, Sir Nose, Mr. P-Funk, the Atomic Dog: George Clinton is a man of many facets, each one funkier than the next. He's pictured here from a previous concert in the Carrier Dome.

Let the countdown begin…3 months until George Clinton returns to Syracuse for the New York State Fair.

Cooking with Fire

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Pat and Gina Neely during an appearance at the New York State Fair yesterday.

Pat and Gina Neely at the New York State Fair yesterday.

Food Network stars and restauranteurs Pat and Gina Neely talked about slow cooking and keeping the spice in marriage relationships during their State Fair appearance yesterday. They recently opened a restaurant in New York City called Neelys BBQ Parlor.

Weekdays with Hilby

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Hilby

Hilby

Sometimes the best entertainment at the New York State Fair is free.

From the first year I covered the Fair, I’ve enjoyed shows by juggler, acrobat, magician and street performer Michael Hilby.

Hilby at the 2010 New York State Fair

Hilby at the 2010 New York State Fair

The self-proclaimed skinny German juggles fire, balls,  and even carries a chainsaw.

Hilby always draws a crowd and always has a flair for the unordinary, punctuated with a comedian’s timing.

Hilby’s act, lasting about an hour, is worth one or two Grandstand performances (for about $50 dollars less).  He reminds me of an essay from The Big Moo that says, there are  three rules of life: 1) Your Attitude is Your Life; 2) Maximize Your Options; and 3) Don’t Let Seeds Stop You from Enjoying the Watermelon.

Hilby, juggling fire

Hilby, juggling fire

New York State Fair (Day 8)

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Statue Performers

Living Statues, Colonnade

Divatude

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

En Vogue--at 20

En Vogue--at 20

It’s hard to fathom that the ladies of En Vogue released their first album Born to Sing 20 years ago. The original group members performed Thursday to kick-off the New York State Fair concert series at Chevy Court.

Yes to Education

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Hammer on stage with Mary Nelson

Hammer on stage with Mary Nelson

During his performance at the New York State Fair on Sunday night, Hammer recognized education activist Mary Nelson.  Hammer and the crowd applauded Nelson for giving away thousands of school supplies to city children.