Fort Wayne is getting a new drug: ’80s rock.
Huey Lewis and the News will headline this year’s concert season at Foellinger Theatre, parks officials announced Thursday.
The group wrote and performed numerous hits such as Heart of Rock & Roll, I Want a New Drug and The Power of Love, which topped Billboard’s singles chart. Tickets for the May 18 concert and all other shows at the theater went on sale Thursday.
Al Moll, parks director, said the excitement for the band and many of the other artists has already hit a fever pitch.
We’ve had bigger sales on the first day than we’ve had in the history of the parks system, Moll said.
Moll said the Huey Lewis show will be a bit of a test for the venue, as it is probably the biggest act to appear there, which comes with the highest prices. Tickets for the show are $40 for reserved seats and $30 for bleachers.
Huey Lewis and the News played at least twice at Memorial Coliseum in the early 1980s.
Other acts to perform this year at Foellinger Theatre include Starship, which is known for songs such as We Built this City and Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now and Davy Jones from the Monkees, best known for Daydream Believer. Reserved tickets for those shows are $25 and bleachers are $20.
The Guess Who, known for American Woman and No Sugar Tonight, is returning to the theater after getting rave reviews in 2010. Tickets for that show are $30 reserved and $25 for bleachers.
The theater will also have shows from numerous tribute bands throughout the year and free family movies return June 20. The movie schedule includes films such as Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots and Hugo.
Moll said while there is interest from groups to perform paid shows at the theater, he said it was important to continue offering some free entertainment for families.
The 2012 Foellinger Theatre Summer Concert Series is sponsored by Sweetwater Sound, MedPartners, WLDE-FM Fun 101.7, Lincoln Financial Foundation, WFWA-TV PBS 39, Indiana Arts Commission and Arts United.