‘Almost anorexic,’ Schaefer now has a passion for life

— Korn’s den mother

When Korn began to pop as a hot heavy metal band in the mid-1990s, their tour manager was a tough-as-nails Syracuse gal named Maryjo Spillane.  

A strong-willed redhead who previously toiled for Baldwinsville’s National Audio, Spillane made a perfect den mother for the “nu metal” boy scouts from hell.  

Now, years later, Korn brings its touring act to Maryjo’s backyard when the quintet plugs in at the State Fair Grandstand, on the fair’s opening day, Thursday, Aug. 22. Warm-up band Black Stone Cherry is scheduled to start the show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45, $35 and $25; nysfair.org; 487-7711.

With roots in Bakersfield, Calif., Korn created two No. 1 albums, “Follow the Leader” (1998) and “Issues” (1999). The band’s most recent disc is “The Path to Totality” (2011).

Since she toured the world with Korn, Maryjo Spillane has become one of the most revered tour managers in rock and roll. She was nominated as the 2004 Road Warrior of the Year by the PollStar Concert Industry Awards for her work with Perfect Circle, Yellowcard and Slayer.

More recently Maryjo has managed tours for Mastodon and again for Slayer.

JGB at the Fair

Jay Bernhardt, the CEO of JGB Enterprises, Inc. here in Liverpool, is partnering with Sherwood Inn restaurateur Ben Eberhardt to operate Bedford Falls Enterprises LLC, which has signed a last-minute contract with New York state to run the Empire Room at the State Fair’s Art & Home Center.

Eberhardt and Bernhardt, who owns Baldwinsville’s Red Mill Inn and several prime properties in Liverpool, signed a contract last week with the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets to staff the restaurant from 9 a.m. to midnight every day of the fair, which starts Thursday.

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