Jones, Men Without Hats

Eighties kicks off Savage Oakes summer

Mar 04, 2019
Howard Jones

Union — As part of the popular summer concert series at Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery, 1980s new wave icons Howard Jones and Men Without Hats will perform Friday night, June 14.

The series will continue Friday night, July 12, with Grammy-nominated The Record Company in a show opened by Maine’s Pete Kilpatrick Band. Savage Oakes is located at 175 Barrett Hill Road, a third of a mile off Route 17. Both concerts will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale. The Savage Oakes music venue offers an intimate outdoor concert experience. Local food and a wide variety of Maine craft beverages will be served. Tickets

for each show, $48 in advance, are festival-style general admission with guests invited to bring along lawn chairs and blankets.

Howard Jones

Singer/songwriter and keyboardist Jones’ songs explore universal themes including enlightenment, transcendence and seeing past one’s struggles in order to embrace the wider horizon beyond it. He has sold millions of albums and had 15 top-40 global singles.

While his music often overflows with addictive pop hooks, soaring vocals and creative arrangements, larger perspectives are embedded within. Jones remains a household name for anyone who grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Global hits including “Things Can Only Get Better,” “No One is to Blame,” “What is Love?” and “New Song” are permanent parts of the pop culture tapestry of the era and appear in major movies and television shows of today.

Men Without Hats

Joining Jones’ Transform Tour is the new wave/synthpop group Men Without Hats. Thirty years ago, this Canadian outfit told the world “You can dance if you want to” and it did. Men Without Hats has been creating iconic and irresistible pop music for three decades; the band’s latest album, “Love in the Age of War.” Keyboard player Lou Dawson, guitarist James Love and charismatic front man, lead singer and songwriter Ivan Dorschuk have been delivering high-energy shows packed with all of the band’s absurdly catchy lyrics, as well as great tracks from the new release.

The Record Company

One listen to this band’s exhilarating new album, “All Of This Life, “ makes it clear that things have changed. The gritty slide guitar, fuzzed-out bass and driving drums are all still front and center, but the band’s songs are bolder and more ambitious, deeper and more reflective, brimming with adventurous vitality while still remaining firmly tethered to the roots of American rock ‘n’ roll that have always grounded and nourished the group.

The Record Company’s story is a well-known one: a trio of musicians grit it out on their own for years in bars and clubs; join forces in L.A.; set up some microphones in a living room; and cut an album that turns their world upside down. The 2016 “Give It Back To You” spawned three Top Ten hits at Triple-A radio (including the No. 1 smash “Off The Ground”); earned the band a slew of festival appearances and sold-out headline dates around the world; and garnered a Grammy nomination.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 785-2828 or visit savageoakes.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

The Record Company
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