Retro Futura featuring Howard Jones, Men Without Hats, Modern English, English Beat, Paul Young and Katrina of Katrina & the Waves
State Fair Main Stage presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.
Thursday, August 3 @ 7pm.
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Fairgoers will be transported back 1985 when Retro Futura hits the Main Stage on Thursday, Aug. 3. Featuring an impressive lineup of 80s icons, this show will have New Wave fans on their feet. English singer-songwriter Howard Jones, known for “No One Is To Blame” and “Things Can Only Get Better,” will headline. The 80s legend toured in 2016 following intimate solo concerts in 2015, and has been a constant presence on the international touring scene for the past three decades. Jones will be joined by Men Without Hats, who will undoubtedly bring “The Safety Dance” to the fair. The charismatic group has made a return to pop music with their latest album, Love in the Age of War.
Modern English will melt fans’ hearts with their classic hits like “I Melt with You” and “Hands Across the Sea.” After disbanding in 1991 and later recording in 1995 with new members, the original band members rejoined in 2009 and have been together ever since. The English Beat, who toured with legends like The Police, The Clash and David Bowie in the 1980s will also perform. Formed in 1979, the band crossed between soul, reggae, pop and punk, creating a unique dance rhythm in their music. The group, known as simply The Beat in Europe, is best remembered for “Save It For Later” and “Mirror in the Bathroom.”
English singer-songwriter Paul Young will rock the stage with classics like “Love of the Common People” and “Come Back and Stay.” Young received the 1985 Brit Award for Best British Male and won Best British Video the following year for the hit “Everytime You Go Away.” Katrina (of Katrina and the Waves) will have fairgoers “Walking on Sunshine” when she joins the performance. After its 1985 release, the single was broadcast more than two million times in the U.S. and more recently was the highest played track on radio in the summer of 2008. With this international hit, Katrina made a name for herself and her band, quickly racking up a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist and worldwide fame.
Tickets for Retro Futura are $35 and $25 and will go ON SALE Friday, March 24 at 9 a.m. at WiStateFair.com and the State Fair Ticket Office. All seating for the 7 p.m. show is reserved. Print-at-home and mail-order options are available online, and service fees will apply. The Ticket Office is located at 7722 W. Greenfield Ave. in West Allis and is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All Main Stage tickets INCLUDE FAIR ADMISSION when purchased prior to entering the Fair Park.
The 2017 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, will take place Thursday, Aug. 3 – Sunday, Aug. 13. The fair offers a unique experience to all who attend and is an exceptional value with 30 FREE entertainment stages, exciting rides and games in SpinCity, thousands of animals, endless family activities, events, contests, vendors and culinary delights. For the most up-to-date information, visit WiStateFair.com or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat.