Wednesday, March 30, 2011

News flash: Huey Lewis to perform

Concert to benefit Danny Thompson Memorial Leukemia Fund

Express Staff Writer

Huey Lewis and The News will perform at the Sun Valley Pavilion on Wednesday, Aug. 17, to kick off the 35th annual Danny Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament and Auction Gala. Courtesy photo.

Rockers Huey Lewis and The News will bring their "power of love" to Sun Valley for the Danny Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament and gala auction. The band will perform a benefit concert on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Sun Valley Pavilion. The live performance will be the kickoff for the 35th annual four-day event.

The sale date for tickets will be announced soon. They will be available at or by calling the Sun Valley Recreation Center at 622-2135.  Premium ticket seats will include a VIP cocktail party prior to the concert and are limited in number. Most tickets are partially tax-deductible. In 2010, the event netted $650,000, which was given to St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute and the University of Minnesota's cancer research.

A Grammy Award-winning band, Huey Lewis and The News has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide with Top 10 hits including "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 wrote and performed "The Power of Love" and "Back in Time," which were for the hit and classic film "Back to the Future." "The Power of Love," which was nominated for an Academy Award, reached No. 1 on Billboard's singles chart.

The band has been performing together for more than three decades, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2009. Band members are Huey Lewis on vocals and harmonica; Johnny Colla on saxophone, guitar and vocals; Bill Gibson on drums, percussion and vocals; Sean Hopper on keyboards and vocals; Stef Burns on guitars and vocals; and John Pierce on bass. The band's live show features a horn section of San Francisco Bay Area luminaries including Marvin McFadden on trumpet, Rob Sudduth on tenor saxophone and Johnnie Bamont on baritone saxophone.

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