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New Rochelle Travels To The '80s At Summer Concert

The Ronald Reagans Big '80s Show played as part of the New Rochelle Summer Concert series on Tuesday, July 29. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
New Rochelle residents of all ages enjoyed listening to hits from the 1980s. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Drummer David Lee Wilson performing in New Rochelle on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Bill and Tina Johnson waiting for the concert to get started in New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Vocalist Beckie Gibson and bassist "Jimmy McFly" performing at the Hudson Park band shell in New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Spectators enjoy the concert at Hudson Park. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
New Rochelle residents were wowed by the Ronald Reagans Big '80s Show performance. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
The Juarez family setting up for a picnic and concert in New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Music lovers took a trip through time in New Rochelle on Tuesday, with the Ronald Reagan Big '80s band filling the summer air with the sounds of a different generation.

A small but lively crowd gathered as the sun was setting over the Hudson Park band shell to listen to the band – dressed in their finest 1980s rock ‘n’ roll garb, complete with the big hair and bright colors made famous during the decade – play a series of hits that were popular three decades ago.

It’s fitting that the band’s logo mirrors that of the 1980s classic movie “Back to the Future,” because those in attendance felt as if they were transported three decades back.

“Oh, this is bringing me back to when I was going out as a kid,” Marie Day, 54, said. “It’s funny to think that people actually used to dress like that.”

The Long Island-based-five piece band, led by vocalist Beckie Gibson, has shared the stage with Jimmy Buffet, performed in front of the U.S. Congress, the New York City Wine and Food Festival, and wowed an audience while headlining the New York City Beer Festival.

Its members have experience performing on Broadway and have toured nationally. Selections at Wednesday night’s show included ”The Final Countdown,” which was made famous by the "Rocky" movie franchise, “Working for the Weekend,” Journey’s “Anyway You Want It” and the band again channeled an '80s movie hit with “Don’t You Forget About Me” from the Breakfast Club.

“It’s a shame there isn’t a bigger crowd, because they are absolutely phenomenal for a group that looks like they may have only grown up in the '80s,” Jessica Snow, 49, said. “They have so much talent to play so many different songs.”

The Summer Sounds Concert Series will continue at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Hudson Park, as the New Rochelle Opera will bring classic hits to the band shell.

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