'Sail Rock' show brings on wave of '70s tunes

2013-08-20T15:00:00Z 'Sail Rock' show brings on wave of '70s tunesEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

One of the popular tours of the summer remains the "Sail Rock' concert featuring headliner Christopher Cross.

The tour, a multi-act production, stars a collection of artists and bands who topped the charts with at least one or several hits during the '70s and early '80s.

"Sail Rock" docked at the new RiverEdge Park in Aurora, Ill. Aug. 10 bringing a fun-loving concert filled with relaxing, sing-a-long songs and stirring up memories of summers decades past. The production also stopped at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 14.

In addition to Cross, audience members at the Aurora show grooved to the sounds of Orleans, Firefall, Gary Wright, Player, Robbie Dupree and John Ford Coley.

Coley, who had hits with the late Dan Seals, aka England Dan who died in 2009, opened the show performing such tunes as "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" and "Love is the Answer."

Singer Robbie Dupree entertained the crowd with his signature songs "Steal Away" and "Hot Rod Hearts" while Firefall added to the relaxing, fun atmosphere with tunes such as "You Are the Woman," and "Just Remember I Love You."

Gary Wright performed a strong set featuring an extended "Dream Weaver" and "Love Is Alive" while Player offered up an engaging rendition of "Baby Come Back."

Grammy-winner Cross delivered popular songs such as "Sailing" and "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Be," during his set. Backing up all the performers was Orleans, who also acted as the house band, and performed some of their biggest hits including "Dance with Me," and the snappy "Still the One."

Music fans longing to hear more retro tunes won't want to miss "The Happy Together Tour" coming to Aurora's Paramount Theatre at 8 p.m. Aug. 23. On the roster for that show are The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere and The Raiders and Gary Lewis and The Playboys. For tickets, visit paramountaurora.com or call (630) 896-6666

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