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AT&T Presents 99.5 The River 80’s Throwback Show

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Date: August 13, 2017
Time: 7:00PM
Doors Open: 6:00PM

AT&T Presents 99.5 The River 80’s Throwback Show


AT&T Presents 99.5 The River 80’s Throwback Show

August 13, 2017

New wave fans rejoice, the summer’s most star-studded bill returns this year with 99.5 The River 80’s Throwback Concert: Retro Futura tour 2017.  Headlined by synth pioneer Howard Jones, the jam-packed show will also feature sets from the English Beat, Men Without Hats, Modern English, Paul Young and Katrina (ex-Katrina And The Waves).

Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM
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**Free admission for kids 12 or under with a paying adult, courtesy of GE** 

Each adult ticket purchased in the Times Union Center General Admission Floor Sections 7 & 9 entitles you to one FREE ticket for a kid 12 or under, courtesy of GE. To buy your adult tickets, head on down to the Times Union Center Box Office or click the buy tickets link above and choose "GE Kids Section" from the ticket type drop-down menu, to the right of the offer code. When you arrive at doors on the night of the show with your child, they will be given their Kids in Free ticket. Prior sales excluded.

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It was in 1983 that Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene with his very English songwriting, pioneering synthesizers and thought provoking lyrics. He set out his manifesto in his very first single ‘New Song’. The lyrics called on the listener to challenge their preconceived ideas, to see both sides and ‘throw off your mental chains’. New Song was recently used in a pivotal scene in ‘Breaking Bad’ where Aaron Paul’s character Jessie Pinkman questions if he wants to ‘play by the rules’. New Song peaked at number 3 in the UK singles charts.


Also on the bill, Men Without Hats have been creating iconic and irresistible pop music for over three decades and have soared back with the release of their latest album, Love in the Age of War.  Led by charismatic front man, lead singer and songwriter Ivan Doroschuk, MWH has surged back starting with a breakout show at 2011’s SXSW and followed by extensive, well-received touring across North America over the last few years.  Along with keyboard players Lou Dawson, Rachel Ashmore, and guitarist James Love, Doroschuk and the Hats have been delivering high- energy shows packed with all of the band’s absurdly catchy lyrics as well as great tracks from the new release, a disc that picks up where the hit making band left off.  It’s no surprise that this band has topped charts across the planet and even picked up a 1983 Grammy nomination for Best group (Culture Club won it).  The Hats song catalogue always sounds fresh and relevant and Hats hits have been featured on The Simpsons, Family Guy and Glee. Their hit single “Pop Goes the World” now lights up TV screens in a TIDE ad.


Known for her involvement in Katrina & the Waves and their hit song “Walking On Sunshine,” Katrina ventured onto her own solo endeavor. After the Waves broke up in 1999, Leskanich launched a solo career, first as a DJ for BBC Radio 2 and then in 2001 she played the lead role in the musical Leader of the Pack. She released her first solo CD, Katrina Leskanich, through Universal Records in Britain in 2005. And the single – Leskanich's cover of Kirsty MacColl's "They Don't Know" was played on Radio 2. In 2005 she also participated in the Swedish selection for the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "As If Tomorrow Will Never Come". In 2005 Leskanich hosted Congratulations – 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest, in Copenhagen.


Next up, the English Beat were formed in Birmingham, England, in 1978, during a period of high unemployment and social upheaval in the United Kingdom. Ranking Roger, one of the band's vocalists, added a Jamaican vocal flavor to the band's sound with his toasting style. Jamaican saxophonist Saxa added a Jamaican ska instrumental sound. Notable singles from the first album included "Can't Get Used to Losing You", "Mirror In the Bathroom", "Hands Off She's Mine" and "Best Friend". The second Beat album, Wha'ppen? was supported by extensive touring, including a US tour with The Pretenders and Talking Heads. The album yielded more UK hits, with "All Out to Get You,"


Paul Young sits on the bill as an English singer, songwriter and musician. Formerly the frontman of the short-lived bands Kat Kool & the Kool Cats, Streetband and Q-Tips, his subsequent solo success turned him into a 1980s teen idol. He is famous for such hit singles as "Love of the Common People", "Wherever I Lay My Hat", "Come Back and Stay", "Everytime You Go Away" and "Everything Must Change", all reaching the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart. Since the late 1990s, Young has released very little new material, but has continued to tour in different parts of the world.


Last but not least, Modern English are an English rock band best remembered for their songs "I Melt with You," "Hands Across the Sea," and "Ink and Paper". The group disbanded for a period in 1991, but later recorded in 1995 with some new members.  The original members reformed in 2009 and are currently touring with plans for a new release in 2016! Formed in Colchester, Essex, England, in 1979 by Robbie Grey (vocals), Gary McDowell (guitar, vocals), and Michael Conroy (bass, vocals), Modern English were originally known as The Lepers. The group expanded to "Modern English" when Richard Brown (drums) and Stephen Walker (keyboards) were subsequently added to the line-up of the band.


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Ticket Price Seat Location
$75.00 Floor 1-3, 105-107 & 118-120
$65.00 Floor 4-9, 104 & 121, Double Letters in 103 & 122
$55.00 Remaining seats in 103 & 122, All of 102 & 123
$45.00 101 & 124-130, 205-209 & 227-231
$25.00 201-204 & 232-244

Tickets will be available at the arena box office at Times Union Center, online at ticketmaster.com,
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Ticket prices and seat locations are subject to change.