Huey Lewis & The News to hit Westport July 8
Westport will be visited by legendary pop/rock superstars on Thursday, July 8, when Huey Lewis & The News brings its act to the Levitt Pavilion stage for its annual Summer Benefit. The fundraiser, which is sponsored by Tiffany & Co., features a pre-concert cocktail party and a post-concert dessert reception, and supports the Levitt's summer-long presentation of free musical events. The Levitt's full schedule of 58 free concerts can be found at www.levittpavilion.com
Huey Lewis and The News has been defying the rock odds-makers for more than two decades. Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, their contagious brand of straight-ahead rock 'n' roll has outlasted countless trends, selling over 20 million albums worldwide in the process. Huey Lewis & The News has carried the banner as the quintessential American rock band, endearing them to millions of fans and earning them the right to mark their place on the pop history map.
These Grammy Award-winners have written and performed such classic top 10 hits as "Heart of Rock & Roll," "Stuck with You," "I Want a New Drug," "If This is It," "Hip to be Square" and "Workin' for a Livin'." The group also wrote and performed "The Power of Love" and "Back in Time" for the hit film Back To The Future. "The Power of Love", which was nominated for an Academy Award, went all the way to No. 1 on Billboard's singles chart.
As great a recording career as the band has had, it's its live performances that remain the stuff of legend. It has continued to tour doing approximately 60 to 70 shows a year. Huey Lewis & The News has incorporated a variety of musical influences, including R&B and soul, to create their own unique sound. One highlight of their show is an a cappella rendition of early rock n' roll classics such as "Sixty Minute Man," "Under The Boardwalk" and "It's Alright."
Huey Lewis & The News is: Huey Lewis (vocals and harmonica), Johnny Colla (saxophone, guitar and vocals), Bill Gibson (drums, percussion and vocals), Sean Hopper (keyboards and vocals), Stef Burns (guitars and vocals) and John Pierce (bass). Their live show features a horn section of San Francisco bay area luminaries: Marvin McFadden (trumpet), Ron Stallings (tenor saxophone) and Rob Sudduth (baritone saxophone).
The concert begins at 9 p.m. with a pre-concert cocktail party at 7. Tickets to the concert only are $70 for general admission and $95 for preferred; $250 for pre-concert cocktail party, priority seating at the concert and the after-party. Concert tickets may be purchased by visiting www.levittpavilion.com or by calling 203-226-7600. For more information, call 203-226-7600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org