The Ultimate ’80s Party in Keystone, starring cover band New Sensation
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What: The Ultimate’80s Party, starring ’80s cover band New Sensation
When: Saturday, March 21; doors open at 8:30 p.m., music starts at 9
Where: Warren Station Center for the Arts, 164 Ida Belle Drive, Keystone
Cost: $8 in advance or $12 at the door
More information: Visit www.warrenstation.com for tickets and more info
Break out the big hair and neon leggings this weekend in Keystone for The Ultimate ’80s Party, starring cover band New Sensation. The ballroom of Warren Station Center for the Arts will be transformed into a mega dance party, where you can rock out in your best retro onesie or side ponytail and show off that goggle tan.
“What we want to do is really celebrate the end of the season,” said Carrie Benefiel, Warren Station venue manager for The Keystone Neighbourhood Company. “This will be the last concert in Warren Station until our summer series hits, so we really want to go out with a fun bang.
“We’re all about the tacky fashions, the fads that just scream the ’80s. We’re inviting guests to celebrate with their best and worst mountain apparel, and we’ll be looking for the funkiest dressed man and woman.”
The righteous threads are optional, but attendees are encouraged to bust out their totally awesome styles for nostalgic prizes such as Twister and Trouble games and Rubik’s Cubes, plus Warren Station bar tabs, gift certificates to Keystone restaurants and passes to summer festivals like Keystone Bluegrass and Beer.
The ’80s theme is synonymous with the party atmosphere of spring break in the mountains, Benefiel said, and Warren Station has chosen to go retro to celebrate the season and embrace that time when ripped jeans ruled the streets and neon apparel rocked the slopes.
That energy will be channeled through New Sensation, a band that has been bringing classic, stadium-rock anthems to life for the past six years and sold out New Year’s Eve at Warren Station in 2013. New Sensation features some of Colorado’s finest musicians bringing back hits made famous by legendary artists such as Men at Work, Van Halen, The Cars, Rick Springfield, Bon Jovi, Prince and more, Benefiel said.
“The band is awesome,” she said. “They truly love that era, and you can see it in their performance, and man do they deliver. They do hair-band themes, and they do your nostalgic favorites, like Rick Springfield, one-hit wonders. The music of that time was pretty memorable, and they completely embody that.”
Stuart Noble, producer and guitarist for New Sensation, said the band covers a little bit of everything from the early days of the MTV era.
“We tend to do more of the rock kind of stuff, like Journey, Stix, the bands that were really more rock, rather than the techno, English side of things — anything that will get people dancing and singing along,” he said.
“We just found that the ’80s, for some reason, it seems universal. Whether you grew up with it or the ’80s were well before you were born, everyone seems to identify with it.”
Costume contest winners will be announced during a concert intermission, and dollar hot dogs with all the fixings from Pete’s Good Eats will be available on the patio. A free Epic Mix photo booth also will be set up to capture your cheesy ’80s moments, so you can relive them over and over again.
“I’m an ’80s kid, so I love it,” Benefiel said with a laugh. “I was that girl with the crimped hair and the shoulder pads.”
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