As I’ve noted before, it’s always interesting to see what people are looking for when they stumble across this blog.  And they really seem to be interested in the many concerts that were held at the Poplar Creek Music Theater.

Some people are nostalgic, some people are curious and, after quizzing one of my colleagues, it appears that some fans often try to account for the shows of their favorite performers.    So, as a salute to these groups, I’m providing the concert list from Poplar Creek’s opening year—1980.

This list was derived from both the Daily Herald and Chicago Tribune and is as complete as I can make it.  If you’re aware of any changes, please let me know!

June 6                        John Denver
June 7                        Henry Mancini and Sarah Vaughn
June 8                        Bob Hope and Barbara Eden
June 18                     Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
June 19                     Jefferson Starship
June 20                     Marvin Hamlisch and Liza Minnelli
June 23                     The New York Philharmonic
June 25                     Sammy Hagar
June 27                     The Blues Brothers
July 5                         Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reef Band
July 11                       Kenny Loggins
July 12 & 13             Engelbert Humperdink
July 18, 19, 20        Barry Manilow
July 27                       Isaac Stern and members of the Boston Symphony
July 28                       Chuck Mangione
July 30 & 31             Diana Ross
August 4 & 5            Beach Boys
August 8 & 9            Johnny Matthis
August 10                 Sha-Na-Na with John Sebastian
August 11                 Joe Jackson Band
August 12                 Santana
August 14                 Harry Chapin with Arlo Guthrie
August 15                 Anne Murray with Michael Johnson
August 17                 James Taylor
August 18 & 19       Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
August 20                 Willie Nelson
August 22 & 23       Tom Jones
August 26 & 27       Chicago
August 29                 Waylon Jennings

Prices for a series of tickets ranged from $44 for lawn seats to $67.50 for pavilion seating.  Tickets for individual concerts varied from $6 to $12.50.  What a steal!

It’s an interesting list and who wouldn’t want to go back in time and hear these performers in their prime?

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

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