The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center presents An Evening with Huey Lewis & The News, Oct. 25, 2012, at 8 p.m.
“Heart and Soul,” the title of one of their hit songs, also explains the appeal of Huey Lewis & The News.
For more than 30 years they have been making and performing music that resonates with people at their core.
They have also given their millions of worldwide fans a soundtrack for the celebration of life’s great moments.
The driving rhythm of “Heart of Rock & Roll” sings the praises of the great music being made across the U.S.
“The Power of Love,” which the band wrote for the hit film “Back To The Future”, not only went to No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart, but also was nominated for an Academy Award.
As great as their recordings are, there is something extra special about the Huey Lewis & The News live shows.
Front man Huey Lewis’ voice lends itself well to not just their hits but also to the Memphis soul tunes they covered on their most recent album, Soulsville.
Lewis brings some bluesy tones to the performance when he breaks out into his harmonica solos.
Completing the rock, rhythm and blues feel of the band’s sound are founding members Johnny Colla (saxophone, guitar and vocals), Bill Gibson (drums, percussion and vocals), and Sean Hopper (keyboards and vocals) as well as Stef Burns (guitars and vocals) and John Pierce (bass).
The band member’s playing is tight, effortlessly moving from an up front, power rock song to a smooth, laid back, soulful ballad.
They walk the musical high wire, leaving their instruments behind mid-show to perform some a capella selections of early rock ‘n’ roll classics, such as “Sixty Minute Man,” “Under The Boardwalk” and “It’s Alright.”
Huey Lewis & The News have a love of music that comes through in everything they do. Be it their albums, their live performances, or the way they interact with their fans, they are a band with heart and soul.