“Nina Blackwood’s Absolutely 80s” Summer Music Festival Kicks Off Memorial Day Weekend at Fremont Street Experience

May 20, 2011 by  

Terri Nunn
“Nina Blackwood’s Absolutely 80s”
music festival kicks off on Memorial Day Weekend with a free concert by Terri Nunn & Berlin on Saturday, May 28 at 9 p.m. on the 1st Street Stage (Pictured above: Terri Nunn).  

Also ready to entertain visitors is the launch of an original production show, “VJ Invasion: Launch Date 8.1.81,” the start of Blackwood’s countdown of her 100 greatest songs of the 80s on Viva Vision and a chance to travel Back to the Future by seeing a rare 80s icon, a DeLorean DMC-12. With the world debut of The Nancy Rayguns 80s music tribute on May 31, Fremont Street Experience’s three stages will be active every night as the 100-day flashback to the 80s takes over downtown through Labor Day Weekend.

Terri Nunn & Berlin
For fans of electronic music and the far-reaching wave of style and pop culture that followed in the wake of the 80s – Berlin vocalist Terri Nun is an icon. As the charismatic vocalist for a band that virtually launched electronic dance rock in the U.S., Nunn earned the No. 11 spot on VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Women in Rock.” Berlin is still performing and recording more than 20 years after the release of the groundbreaking debut of Pleasure Victim which spawned three hits including the group’s first single, “The Metro,” the dance hit “Masquerade,” and the wildly controversial single “Sex (I’m A…)” With the release of Love Life in 1984, MTV’s burgeoning popularity generated nationwide exposure for Berlin through the memorable videos for “No More Words” and “Dancing in Berlin.” But the pivotal moment in the band’s career arrived when the romantic ballad “Take My Breath Away” from their 1986 album, Count Three Pray, was prominently featured in the movie Top Gun. The song won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe in addition to achieving crossover success for Berlin. A world tour followed with the band performing for stadium crowds throughout Europe and England.

The Nancy Rayguns
The Nancy Rayguns are more than just a cover band; they are a complete show with stage sets, music videos, comedy and of course, the VAL-2600, 1985’s most powerful interactive supercomputer. Their mission is to rid the world of bogus music and to help the audience relive the 1980s with the best jams of that era. The band, which consists of Kim Gone Wild, Iceman, Dig Dug, Howard Joneson and The Noid, will bring audiences back to the days of leg warmers and scrunchies with spot-on renditions of such classic hits like “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “Kids in America,” “My Sharona,” “Safety Dance,” “Lucky Star,” “Electric Avenue,” “Its Tricky” and many more. The Nancy Rayguns will perform Tuesday through Friday with three 45-minute sets starting at 9, 10 and 11 p.m. on the 3rd Street Stage.

“VJ Invasion: Launch Date 8.1.81”
The launch of Fremont Street Experience’s “VJ Invasion: Launch Date 8.1.81” is an homage to the video music generation that began Aug. 1, 1981 with the birth of MTV. This original production is a 35-minute show full of high energy singing and dancing featuring classic hits from the 80s such as “Video Killed the Radio Star,” “We Got the Beat,” “Tainted Love,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Walk Like an Egyptian,” “Whip It,” “Sweet Dreams” and many more. Visitors can enjoy this blast from the past Thursdays through Tuesdays with three shows a night at 8, 9 and 10 p.m. on 1st Street Stage with the first performance starting on Sunday, May 29.

“Nina Blackwood’s Absolutely 80s” hosted by Fremont Street Experience highlights the music and culture of the 1980s. Original MTV VJ Nina Blackwood guest hosts a series of free headliner concerts throughout the summer that includes ‘80s artists: Terri Nunn & Berlin on May 28; Dale Bozzio & Missing Persons on June 4; ABC on June 18; Colin Hay of Men at Work on July 2; Wang Chung with Naked Eyes on July 23; Loverboy on Aug. 6; Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet with Men Without Hats on Aug. 20 and Howard Jones on Sept. 3. Blackwood will also introduce her personal 100 greatest songs of the ‘80s over the course of the 100-day celebration with one selection revealed every night on Viva Vision.

Blackwood is synonymous with ‘80s music, helping to set the musical tastes and trends still celebrated today. She continues to highlight the era that changed music forever with her radio shows on Sirius XM channel “80s on 8” and on syndicated radio shows “Nina Blackwood’s Absolutely 80s” and “Nina Blackwood’s New Wave Nation.”

The nightly lineup of Viva Vision shows will include custom productions remembering the decade of the ‘80s. Also featured on Viva Vision during “Nina Blackwood’s Absolutely 80s” will be “KISS Over Vegas” highlighting 1983 hit “Lick it Up,” “George Thorogood & the Destroyer’s Bad to the Bone” including aforementioned 1982 hit and a homage to 1980’s chart toppers Queen with “A Tribute to Queen”.

For complete information on the lineup of headliner concerts and nightly entertainment, visit to plan an awesome experience that will take you back to the ‘80s. You can also become a Facebook fan of Fremont Street Experience to get the latest insight and buzz about “Nina Blackwood’s Absolutely 80s.”

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