June 19, 2024

‘80s night planned for 2016 Newton Fest

Break out the Aqua Net and neon spandex and get ready to rock Newton Fest ‘80s-style.

The Newton Fest planning committee has announced that Ladies of the ‘80s will be the headlining act for Newton Fest’s “80s Night” set for June 11.

The Minnesota-based group offers a tribute to some of the most famous names in music during the ‘80s. From Madonna to Joan Jett, Cher to Blondie, Ozzy Osbourne to Steve Perry, the group not only performs the biggest songs they dress like the women and men who performed them.

“We searched for a group that would ensure Newton Fest would be a fun and memorable night,” said Nathan Unsworth, co-chair of Newton Fest. “They offer a fast-paced hours of entertainment. We are excited for them to come to Newton.”

The band will take the stage at 8 p.m. June 11, in downtown Newton. The concert will be free to the public. The Newton Fest Beer Garden also will be open during the concert and street dance with proceeds supporting the American Legion of Newton and Newton Fest activities.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their most ‘80s-rific outfits for a chance to win prizes during ‘80s Night.

“This group is going to definitely make it a fun night in Newton,” said Jessica Lowe, co-chair of Newton Fest. “Having an ‘80s Night will be fun for all ages. We hope people will come dressed in classic 1980s style with big hair and lots of eye makeup, and we hope women will come dressed up too.”

The Ladies of the 80s concert is the latest in Newton Fest entertainment announcements. Newton Fest, which is sponsored by Trinity Structural Towers, also will feature Bill Riley Talent Search, Thunder Nites featuring Richard Arndt, Alumni Weekend activities, a car show, BBQ contest, free family art and children's activities and much more during the four-day festival June 9-12. For a full schedule visit www.newtonfest.org.

“Newton Fest is really meant to celebrate Newton and all the things that make this community a great place to live, work and visit,” said Natalie Umsted, Newton Fest marketing chair.