I’m a huge 80’s fan.
I was a teenager when all the John Hughes “Brat Pack” movies were the rage. I loved Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Emilo Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Andrew McCarthy, James Spader…etc.
Also, during this time, I loved the 80’s New Wave, punk, ska, reggae music. Around this time, English Beat had a hit with Mirror in the Bathroom. It was one of my favorites. Sadly, I was too young to attend concerts and see all these great bands during their peak days. However, now that we have the Jack FM concert (that combines all different genres of 80/90s bands) and the Fair grounds that like to “flash back,” I’ve been able to see some of my favorites from youth.
I was so excited to have seen Joan Jett, Adam Ant and lead singer of Bow Wow Wow, Psychedelic Furs, Stray Cats, B52s, Huey Lewis and the News. So many bands that still sound fantastic. (even if they can’t hit the same ranges they used to)
With that said, one band I’ve never seen is the English Beat, or simply, The Beat. The O.C. Fairgrounds, Pacific Amphitheater, has their summer concert series. UB40, English Beat, and Bob Marley’s grandson are playing today! And we got tickets! I’m going to be in a relaxed mood here in just a few short hours!
Great thing about Sunday concerts at the fair, they begin at 6pm. That’s good, because we older folk, we want to get to bed in a reasonable hour. (hahahah) Especially, if we were (or attempted) pogo dancing.