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Huey Lewis and Berlin to kick off San Tan Valley’s Good Life Festival

Huey Lewis and the News
Huey Lewis and the News
Becky Hansen

What do the Oscar Awards and the Good Life Festival at the Encanterra Country Club in San Tan Valley have in common? Both will feature artists who will perform live, songs nominated for Best Original Song. On Saturday, March 8, 2014, those that attend the Good Life Festival can see a live performance of 1985 Academy Award Best Original Song nominee, “The Power of Love,” and the 1986 Academy Award Best Original Song winner, “Take My Breath Away.” Just in case your memory of almost 30 years ago is hazy as to who did those songs, that would be Huey Lewis and the News and Berlin respectively.

For Huey Lewis and the News, 2013 marked the 30th anniversary of their breakout album, “Sports.” Five of the album’s nine songs became top twenty hits, including, “I Want A New Drug,” “If This Is It,” and “The Heart of Rock and Roll.” The band’s set list during their 2013 tour included playing “Sports” in its entirety from start to finish.

To follow up the huge popularity of “Sports,” Huey Lewis and the News, in 1985, released their first number one single, “The Power of Love,” from the soundtrack of “Back to the Future.” That single was followed up by their 1986 album, “Fore.” “Hip to be Square,” “Stuck With You,” and “Jacob’s Ladder,” were three of the five top ten singles found on “Fore.”

While Huey Lewis and the News was catching fire on the San Francisco music scene, a few hundred miles down south in Los Angeles, the band Berlin was riding the crest of the new wave music being played. The unmistakable vocals of Terri Nunn were found on songs such as “Sex (I’m A …)” and “The Metro,” which helped catapult Berlin’s 1982 album, “Pleasure Victim,” into Billboard magazine’s top 30 selling albums.

In 1986, Berlin was forever entrenched into worldwide stardom when they contributed a song to the soundtrack for the movie “Top Gun.” “Take My Breath Away,” was an instant number one hit and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Because it is a Good Life Festival, not only will there be top notch music, but there will also be beer and wine tasting and plenty of food vendors to choose from.

As Lewis sang in last year’s appearance in Chandler, “There's a party down on the corner, do you want to go? They got rhythm, a little blues and a whole lot of soul.” Expect the same this year.

Berlin is scheduled to begin their show at 4:00 p.m. and Huey Lewis and the News is tentatively scheduled to play at 5:45 p.m. Doors will open at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets for the March 8 show are on sale now with prices running from $40 to $75 for reserved seats and $30 for General Admission lawn seats. There is currently a $10 discount towards tickets if you use the promo code “SPORTS.” Tickets can be purchased through The Good Life Festival website.