Free concerts & motor events added to 2019 Gusto Grandstand series
The Erie County Fair has released its full Gusto Grandstand schedule for the 180th Erie County Fair this August. Highlights of the lineup includes two free, “Throwback Thursday” concerts, an appearance by the “last of the hell drivers” Tonny Petersen, and already announced mainstage shows including Kane Brown and Gabriel Iglesias.
Newly announced events include two free “throwback” concerts featuring classic rockers Foghat on Thursday, Aug. 8 (8 p.m.), and six-time country vocal group of the year and Grammy Award winners Diamond Rio on Thursday, Aug. 15 (8 p.m.). The PettyBreakers, the world’s foremost Tom Petty tribute experience, will take to the stage Friday, Aug. 9, for a free performance at 8:30 p.m., following the Firefighter’s Day Parade. FreestyleMX.com action will perform a free show on Tuesday, Aug. 13.
The wildest and most spectacular summertime stunts, crashes and thrills return during the County Fair’s motor event series. The “Last of the Hell Drivers,” 81-year-old Tonny Petersen, has been added to the bill of the “Ultimate Night of Destruction” on Saturday, Aug. 17 (7 p.m.). Petersen descends from a long line of classic fair stunt drivers that includes Lucky Teter, Jack Kochman and Joey Chitwood. He will be part of the night’s events that includes the popular school bus demo spectacular and the compact car double figure-8 racing championship.
The World’s Largest Demolition Derby, Sunday Aug. 18 (1 and 6 p.m.), will welcome more than 100 cars from across Western New York to the Fairgrounds to see who can outlast the rest.
Tickets for all motor event series shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, and will be available for purchase at www.Tickets.com, by phone at 1-888-223-6000, or in person at the Fairgrounds main office until 1 p.m.
Other acts this summer include:
•Darci Lynne Farmer, who, at just 12 years of age, won NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” for her singing ventriloquism, will bring her all new “Fresh Out of the Box Tour” to town on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at (7:30 p.m.).
•Rock and blues icons Foghat take a "Slow Ride" to the Erie County Fair with a performance Thursday, Aug. 8 (8 p.m.). Owners of eight Gold records, as well as one Platinum and one double-Platinum album, Foghat continues to tour the world, satisfying their longtime followers and making new fans along the way. "Slow Ride," ''Fool For the City" and "I Just Want to Make Love to You" are among Foghat's hits. The show is FREE with gate admission.
•Following the Firefighter’s Parade, The PettyBreakers (Tom Petty Tribute) will take stage on Friday, Aug. 9 (8:30 p.m.). The PettyBreakers are a premier Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute act. Based out of Southern California, this band is comprised of veteran musicians with decades of experience performing in tribute acts, recording and performing with international bands. The show is free with gate admission to the County Fair.
•Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias, one of America's most successful stand-up comedians, will bring his “Beyond The Fluffy World Tour” to the Gusto Grandstand on Saturday, Aug. 10 (8 p.m.).
•One of only three “masters” level races being held in the world during 2019, the Erie County Fair will host the North American Drone Masters Race on Sunday, Aug. 11 (7 p.m.). Pilots from around the world will compete for spots in the AI World Championship Grand Final in China. The show is free with gate admission.
•Rising country artist Kane Brown will take the stage Monday, Aug. 12 (8 p.m.). He is one of country music’s most compelling rising stars. Brown’s latest album, “Experiment,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart during the fall of 2018. With that honor, Brown joined Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean as the only country artists to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The singer is also the first male country artist to debut at the top with a sophomore release in 24 years. The last artist to equal that feat was Tim McGraw in 1994.
•FreestyleMX.com brings its freestyle motocross riders to the Erie County Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 13 (7 p.m.). The show will feature some of the best tricks and whips of the sport of freestyle motocross. The show is free with gate admission to the County Fair.
•An ensemble lineup of legendary pop music superstars from the ’60s and ’70s return to the Gusto Grandstand in 2019. The “Happy Together Tour” will take to the stage Wednesday, Aug. 14 (7:30 p.m.). This year’s lineup features The Turtles, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Buckinghams, The Classics IV and The Cowsills.
•Thursday, Aug. 15 (8 p.m.) will be “country throwback night” with the legendary Diamond Rio. Formed in 1989 in Nashville, the band has sold more than 10 million albums, won a Grammy Award, a Dove Award and six Vocal Group of the Year wins (CMA and ACM). Diamond Rio's hits include “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “One More Day,” “Beautiful Mess,” “Unbelievable” and “In A Week or Two.” The show is free with gate admission.
•The Australian Pink Floyd Show, a leading Pink Floyd show in the world, performs Friday, Aug. 16 (8 p.m.). Striving to reproduce the Pink Floyd experience and bring the music to new audiences, the show includes a light and laser show, video animations, filmed sequences on a large LED screen and other special effects.
Tickets for paid shows are available at www.Tickets.com, by phone at 1-888-223-6000, or in person at the Fairgrounds main office (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays). Tickets purchased prior to the day of the show include admission to the Erie County Fair on the day of the performance.
The 180th Erie County Fair will be held Aug. 7-18. Visit www.ECFair.org.