Broome County’s Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally is celebrating its 40th anniversary from August 2 through 4, with three days of unbelievable concerts.

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On Saturday, August 3, country megastar Chris Young will headline and his show will be opened by Brother Joe, a singer-songwriter whose music has caught the attention of Garth Brooks.

Chris Young

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Chris Young Provided by Wildcard Entertainment

Chris Young is a country singer and songwriter who rose to fame after winning season four of the reality singing competition Nashville Star in 2006 and has secured an impressive eleven number-one hits!

Following his Nashville Star win, Young released his self-titled debut in 2006, which produced two singles, "Drinkin' Me Lonely" and "You're Gonna Love Me," both of which charted on Hot Country Songs. Young's second album, "The Man I Want to Be," was released in 2009 and included the number-one hits "Voices" and "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)."

Young's album, "Neon," released in 2011, produced two more number-one singles, "Tomorrow" and "You," along with the top 5 hit "I Can Take It from There."

In 2013, Young released his album, "A.M.," which featured the top 5 hits "Aw Naw," "Who I Am with You," and "Lonely Eyes."

Young's album, "I'm Comin' Over," was released in 2015, and he achieved one of the biggest milestones in country music when he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2017.

Young has continued to release new music, including "Losing Sleep," in 2017, "Famous Friends," in 2021, and Young Love & Saturday Nights in 2024.

Young has garnered numerous accolades throughout his career and has been recognized for his philanthropic efforts, supporting organizations such as St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Brother Joe

Justin Myotte
Justin Myotte

Opening for Chris Young is Brother Joe, a country/rock artist, songwriter, and producer whose name is familiar to Southern Tier first responders as his song "Sirens" is played on the radio every September 11th.

Brother Joe has a distinct voice that leaves a lasting impression. With a rich rock edge and pure top notes, his voice secured him a spot in Hollywood on American Idol Season 11, where he impressed Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler, receiving three "yes's."

One of Brother Joe's most notable songs is "Sirens," which he co-wrote with Rachel Snoeberger in 2016. Many law enforcement, firefighters, medical personnel, dispatchers, and military personnel begin or end their shifts with this song. "Sirens" offers an alternative perspective from the viewpoint of a first responder's family.

Recently, Brother Joe collaborated with his best friends Āelle and Rachel Snoeberger on a mashup of songs by Garth Brooks and Lady Gaga titled "Remember the Dance." This mashup has garnered over 400 million streams and received high praise from Garth Brooks.

Spiedie Fest Concert Ticket Information

Spiedie Fest tickets are on sale at Southern Tier Mirabito Convenience Stores,, and at authorized Ticketmaster outlets (such as the Visions Veterans Memorial Arena).

$30 for Friday gets you admission to the festival and into the Niko Moon, Shaboozey, and AYDAMN show.

$40 for Saturday gets you admission to the festival and into the Chris Young and Brother Joe show.
$30 for Sunday gets you admission to the festival and into the Mitchell Tenpenny show.
 The $60 weekend pass gets you into all three days of the festival and a ticket to ALL THREE days of concerts.
A LIMITED number of pit passes (400 tickets per show) will be available at the cost of $75 per concert. Pit passes include festival admission. Not that while pit passes are available for purchase at, and at authorized Ticketmaster outlets (such as the Visions Veterans Memorial Arena), they are only on sale at two Mirabito locations. Those locations are 879-881 Front Street in Binghamton next to SUNY Broome and at 33 South Washington Street in Binghamton.

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