JOLIET – Huey Lewis and the News will play the first night of Taste of Joliet this year.
The Joliet Park District on Wednesday announced that the band – one of the most popular rock bands of the 1980s and early 1990s – will perform at
9 p.m. June 22.
Tickets went on sale Wednesday at $11 for general admission and $47.50 for reserved front section seats.
Huey Lewis and the News had 19 top-10 singles with hits that included “If This Is It” and “I Want a New Drug.” The band’s songs “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” were featured in the 1985 movie “Back to the Future.”
Tastegoers have been asking for Huey Lewis, Park District Deputy Director Brad Staab said.
“He’s been on our list for a while. We were happy to get them,” Staab said.
The band still draws large crowds on tours and teamed up with Jimmy Buffet in July for a performance at Wrigley Field.
Huey Lewis and the News is the first headline act for Taste of Joliet, a weekend event that runs from June 22 to 24.
“We’re really excited,” Park District Executive Director Tom Carstens said. “It’s going to be another great Taste with who we have coming up.”
The Park District is close to completing an agreement for its headline country act, typically slated for Saturday nights. Taste features rock music on Fridays and country music on Saturdays.
“Probably before February we’ll announce the country act,” Staab said.
He said the country act will be in line with the trend of recent years when the Park District has been able to stage up-and-coming country performers.