Do you like Huey Lewis & The News (and Joe Cocker)?

Huey Lewis & The News have been shaking up the pop-rock scene since their emergence more than thirty years ago. Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in ’83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He’s been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far much more bitter, cynical sense of humor…

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But The News isn’t touring with The Imposter, but rather the Soul Shouter of Sheffield, Mr. Joe Cocker. From Woodstock to Back To the Future, they collectively boast over 80 years of experience in revolutionizing rock’n'roll and popular culture. While many of their contemporaries have succumbed to retirement or creative ennui, these two acts have laudably continued their careers well into the 21st century with new releases and regular touring. While most fans would gladly travel a great distance to see such an achieved fruition in concert, locals can take comfort in knowing that they will be uniting in Austin’s own Backyard on July 22nd.

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So whether you think it’s hip to be square or Bee Cave is simply up where we belong, this show boasts a line-up typically unmatched, yet continually admired. And seeing as you and a lucky friend could score free tickets via another fabulous Do512 giveaway, I would make a res for Dorsia now.

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