Summer of 2017 80’s Wrap-Up

It’s great to be back with you after a few months hiatus from writing about our  101 the 80’s adventures.  First and foremost, I would like to welcome to the 101 the 80’s family Brandon LaMotte. Brandon is keeping our events calendar so our listeners can keep track of the latest 80’s concerts events not only in the Washington, DC area, but around the country. Brandon is doing a terrific job!

Wow! What a great Summer for 80’s music.  We kicked it off with the B-52’s and The Romantics. Each group has not missed a beat. This was the first time I had seen The Romantics and they did not disappoint. They played all their classics such as “What I like about you,”  “Talking in your sleep,” and “Rock You up.”  The B-52’s continue sound as they did in the early 80’s. In fact, they dug into their archives and played many of their early songs. Great shows!

As usual, we made concert stops at our favorite 80’s local bands such as The Legwarmers and the The Reagan Years. In addition,  we added the Maryland-based band 80’s New Romantics to our list. They played a great show at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md. in June.  Check them out if you are in the area.

Another great show at the Fillmore was the L.A.-based Depeche Mode band Strangelove. They had the look, sound, and feel of Depeche Mode. A high energy group from start to finish. Highly recommend if they come to a city or town near you.

July brought us Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The band was opening for 70’s super group Boston.  Joan and the band have not missed a beat. Not to mention, Joan looks terrific! They played all their great hits. One of my favorites is “Cherry Bomb.”  A salute to Joan’s first band The Runaways.

As August came upon us, we checked out Chris Isaaks at Wolf Trap National Center for the Performing Arts. Terrific show! Chris does a great job with music and story telling.

In the meantime, stayed tuned to for 80’s music and announcements on this page.  Lots of new things and surprises in store for Fall and Winter.


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