Friday, July 18, 2014

'80s IN THE PARK 2014: Day II (Saturday / Sept. 27th)

- Day II -
9.27.14 / Wickham Park / Melbourne, FL

In 2013, fans from around 
the world converged onto
Melbourne, FL's Wickham 
Park for the inauguration
of an exciting new festival. 
In 2014, it returns!

'80s IN THE PARK 2014:
25 Bands - 3 Days - 1 Enormous Celebration
'80s IN THE PARK is a three-day celebration of everything '80s. Transporting fans of all ages back through time in a swirl of sight and sound — iconic movie / TV themes, legendary bands and more, the event will offer something for everyone. Timeless music of the decade will fill the air while the ever-faithful play such vintage arcade games as Ms. Pac-Man and Space Invaders — or maybe even help Mario in his fight for survival in  the classic Nintendo game contest. Impeccable tribute bands, along with "'80s Ambassador" DJ K.W. will keep the party revving on all cylinders throughout the weekend. Dance with '80s look-alikes, shop for T-shirts, hats, handmade jewelry and memorabilia at one of over 40 vendors. Then, when the sun goes down, sit under the stars and enjoy a variety of foods from some of Brevard County's finest restaurants while taking in non-stop, high-energy concert performances from an array of "golden era" MTV artists, live on the '80s IN THE PARK main stage.


1) Provide the best 
possible '80s experience 
for the ticket holder. 

2) Create an environment 
where local businesses can
benefit as sponsors, vendors 
or from the additional traffic 
and exposure the event 
brings to Brevard.

It's far too much work to 
get this together not to 
have fun once it starts.

-Richard Hendry 
('80s IN THE PARK co-founder)

Three action-packed days — more than two dozen incredible live acts — performing each day from start to finish on the newly expanded '80s IN THE PARK main stage. And although it was no easy feat, those Hendry fellas just might have topped last year's all-star concert line-up. Here's what's on-tap for fans on Saturday...

Boasting an all-original line-up (Randy Jackson - vocals / guitar, Felix Hanemann - bass / keyboards and  Guy Gelso - drums), the Louisiana-based trio, Zebra is set to headline the '80s IN THE PARK main stage on Saturday night. Featuring the oft played FM singles, "Tell Me What You Want" and "Who's Behind the Door?" the band's self-titled 1983 debut album reached the Billboard Top 30 and achieved gold status. The band's 1984 follow-up, No Telling Lies, also was well received and delivered such concert staples as "Wait Until the Summer Comes," "Bears" and "Lullaby." Zebra completed its Atlantic Records deal with the release of its third studio album, 3.V in 1986.

"We're really looking forward 
to returning to Florida. 
It's been a long time!!"
-Randy Jackson (Zebra)

Although Zebra rose to international prominence during the arena rock era of the '80s, the band has consistently been compared stylistically throughout its career to such classic rock acts of the '60s and '70s as Led Zeppelin, Rush, Yes and The Moody Blues. As a public service, I encourage fans to refresh beverages and to pee early — as Zebra's will certainly be a must-see set — perhaps THE highlight of the entire 2014 '80s IN THE PARK festival. (ZEBRA WEBSITE)

L.A. Guns returns to '80s IN THE PARK.
Returning to '80s IN THE PARK for the second consecutive year, this hard-hitting Hollywood-based combo will slay the masses in Melbourne on Saturday night. The band's self-titled 1988 debut featured the Headbanger's Ball faves, "Sex Action" and "Electric Gypsy," and ultimately achieved gold status. In 1989, L.A. Guns released its sophomore record, Cocked and Loaded. Featuring the single "Never Enough" and the monster-sized hit "The Ballad of Jayne," the album quickly went platinum. The 1991 Hollywood Vampires record also went gold. The current L.A. Guns line-up consists of "golden era" vocalist Phil Lewis and drummer Steve Riley, along with more recent recruits, guitarist Michael Grant and bassist Scott Griffin. (L.A. GUNS WEBSITE)

Warren Cuccurullo and Dale Bozzio of Missing Persons
Oozing sizzling swagger, combined with a fashion-forward look and hooky, infectious songs such as "Words" "Destination Unknown" "Mental Hopscotch" "Right Now" and "Walking in L.A." Missing Persons exemplified everything that was wonderful and "totally awesome" about the '80s.  In 2014, founding guitarist Warren Cuccurullo (Duran Duran, Frank Zappa) and vocalist Dale Bozzio are carrying the torch, keeping the band's music and legacy alive — touring throughout the year with an updated line-up. (MISSING PERSONS WEBSITE)

Michael Aston of Gene Loves Jezebel
Few bands of the era "brought it" quite like Gene Loves Jezebel — electrifying the alternative rock scene with a glammed-up look and compelling songs that likely made Robert Smith more than a little envious. Led by frontman brothers Jay and Michael Aston, the band delivered such classic albums as Promise, Discover and The House of Dolls and enjoyed a string of hits, including "Heartache," "Desire," "Gorgeous" and "The Motion of Love." In 2014, each brother heads his own version of Gene Loves Jezebel, and for the second consecutive year, Michael's configuration will perform live at '80s IN THE PARK. (GENE LOVES JEZEBEL WEBSITE)

(Also on Saturday)




"It was such a super-fun 
time! These are the bands 
that I grew up loving."
-Patricia Lee (Palm Bay, FL / 2013)

There ya go — the second installment of my fabulous three-part series. I hope that you've enjoyed the ride so far. Stand by, there's still MUCH more coming your way! OFFICIAL '80s IN THE PARK WEBSITE

-Christopher Long
(July 2014)


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