The first of the 2016 State Fair acts have been announced.
Legendary rock band Chicago is set to close the 2016 Fair with its performance at 6 p.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 5.
This will be the band’s first appearance at the fair in 26 years and its fourth appearance overall.
“We are truly excited to have performers of the stature of Chicago here to send the 2016 Fair out on a high note. They are one of the greatest groups of all time and I know this will be a show that will make wonderful memories for everyone. And you’ll never see a group this great for less,” said Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner.
The concert will be on the Fair’s final day, when admission will be $1.
In Billboard Magazine’s recent Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists, Chicago came in at No. 9, the highest ranking American band.
The band and its founding members will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.
Several other Chevy Court performances are also being announced:
Air Supply, Sunday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m.
The Australian soft rock duo struck gold starting in 1980 with “Lost in Love,” and charted seven more singles into the top 5 positions of the Billboard pop charts. This will mark the group’s fifth appearance at the Fair, and the first since 1995.
Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers, Sunday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m.
Hornsby achieved fame with his band, The Range, and the hit songs “(That’s Just) The Way It Is,” “Mandolin Rain,” and “The Valley Road.” He has also toured as part of The Grateful Dead and some of the legendary band’s reunion tours. This will be his first-ever appearance at the Fair.
Herman’s Hermits Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. (Senior Day)
Peter Noone remains as popular as the first time he appeared at the Fair, in 1991, behind classic singles such as “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” and “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat.”
Survivor, Aug. 30 at 2 p.m.
The 80’s rock outfit’s iconic song “Eye of the Tiger” has never gone out of style. Lead vocalist Dave Bickler’s group makes its second appearance at the Fair and its first appearance since 2000.
The Commodores, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m.
For more than a decade, the Commodores put soul and funk into records that hit the top of the charts, such as “Brick House” and “Three Times a Lady.” The band is a favorite of fairgoers, as they will make their sixth appearance.
Macy Gray, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m.
The soul and R&B singer behind the hit “I Try” continues to record her own music and appear on collaborations with many other artists. This will be her first appearance ever at the Fair.
All Chevy Court performances are free with Fair admission.