Some ’80s bands get all the love on – don’t make say it – oldies radio. I’m looking at you, Flock of Seagulls.
The Hooters had two Top 40 hits (“And We Danced,” “Day by Day”) and others that got big MTV play (“All You Zombies,” Johnny B”). I was just headed into college when they hit with their blend of power pop and ska with a little mandolin and melodica (the keyboard with a mouthpiece that gave the band its name). I loved it and still have their music on my phone, but outside of annual concerts in their Philadelphia birthplace, they don’t tour the US much. Good news for me – The Hooters are playing a couple nights at the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and I’ll be there.
If you’re not as familiar with The Hooters as I am, let me throw a little trivia at you. The two main songwriters, Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman, both wrote giant hits for other acts. Rob co-wrote “Time After Time” with Cyndi Lauper and sings background vocal on the chorus. Eric wrote and produced Joan Osborne’s “One of Us.” They’ve been know to play both in live shows as a closer.
Bands that play Epcot’s Eat to the Beat concert series do three sets a night (5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8pm). Each set lasts about 30-40 minutes. Some bands do the same set three times. Some never repeat a song. I’m hoping for a few rarities and odd covers from The Hooters on Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3. The concerts are free, but getting into Epcot isn’t.