It had been ten years since Jimmy Buffett first recorded “Wastin’ Away Again in Margaritaville.” He and the Coral Reefer Band were still touring, making that lazy song about a lost love–and a shaker of salt–into an eventual 2016 induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame. And, for the 8th season in a row, the band would be performing the song at Poplar Creek in Hoffman Estates. This made them the only band to appear every year at Poplar Creek since they opened in 1980.

A bonus this year was the 60’s fest that occurred on July 25 and featured The Turtles, Herman’s Hermits, The Byrds, The Grassroots, Mark Lindsay, Tommy James and the Shondells. The nostalgia train was in full gear with songs like “I’m Into Something Good” (written by Carole King no less!), “Happy Together,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Midnight Confessions,” “Silver Bird” and “I Think We’re Alone Now.”

It was also the first year that the music venue did not advertise their packages of shows in the Daily Herald. They also didn’t appear in the Chicago Tribune.

June 4                 Howard Jones with Frozen Ghost

June 5                 Eddie Money with Truth

June 6                 Chicago

June 12               Jack Wagner

June 13               Johnny and the Leisure Suits

June 14               The Kinks

June 19               Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble with the Gregg Allman Band

June 20               Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Georgia Satellites and Del Fuegos

June 26               Bangles with Hoodoo Gurus and EIEIO

June 27               Santana

June 28               Paul Simon’s Graceland Tour with Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Miriam Makeba

June 30               RATT with Poison

July 1                  Moody Blues with Partland Brothers

July 2                  Air Supply

July 3                  Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band (sold out)

July 5                  Peter Wolf

July 8                  Duran Duran with Erasure

July 9                  Bruce Willis and The Heaters

July 10                Heart with Tom Kimmel

July 11                Kool & The Gang with Klymaxx

July 12                The Monkees with Weird Al Yankovic

July 14                Dan Fogelberg

July 15                Thompson Twins

July 17                Lou Gramm

July 18                Night Ranger with The Outfield

July 22                Whitney Houston

July 24                Peter Gabriel with Youssou

July 25               60’s Fest with The Turtles, Herman’s Hermits, The Byrds, The Grassroots, Mark Lindsay, Tommy James and the Shondells

July 31               Oak Ridge Boys with Dan Seals

August 1            Starship with Cutting Crew

August 4            David Sanborn

August 8            Anita Baker

August 12          Kenny Loggins

August 14          Echo & the Bunnymen/New Order (scheduled)

August 15          Crosby Stills & Nash

August 16          Echo & the Bunnymen/New Order (rescheduled)

August 19          Ready For The World/The Jets

August 22          Hank Williams with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

August 24          Reba McEntire

August 28          Al Jarreau/Chaka Khan

August 29          Liza Minelli

August 30          Cameo

September 5      Barbara Mandrell

September 7       Supertramp

September 9       Roger Waters with K.A.O.S

September 11 & 12   Tina Turner with Wang Chung

September 13     George Benson

Interestingly enough, there were only six female acts this year: The Bangles, Whitney Houston, Reba McEntire, Liza Minelli, Barbara Mandress and Tina Turner. And the biggest act of the year with the most shows? Tina Turner, with her Break Every Rule tour. It was the top female concert attraction in 1987 and, according to Wikipedia was “the biggest tour, by attendance, for a female artist ever, bringing in over 4 million people.” Poplar Creek was lucky enough to showcase her for two nights! Were you one of the lucky ones who saw her?



Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

5 Responses to “POPLAR CREEK’S 8TH SEASON 1987”

  1. Keith Nelms Says:

    Had series 4,5 7,8 tickets,(2×5 shows From 1981 to 1994. I was also VIP “The Club” member. And I saw many shows From the first row. Elton John. Rod Stewart. Eric Clapton. Steely Dan. Joe Cocker. Michael Bolton. Whitesnake James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt. Aretha Franklin. Tina Turner Jerry Garcia Band, Don Henley, Huey Lewis, Genesis, Queen. Crosby Stills Nash, Beach Boys, Allman Brothers, Victor Borge, Barry Manilow, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Moody Blues. The Who, Roger Waters, So many more, from excellent seats. I bought 36 seats from group sales, for 2 great shows each, for my family and friends starting with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and in 1989, Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band , many acts came up to “The Club” for aftershow schmoozing, my old friends Don Henley, Bruce Hornsby and the Range, Beach Boys, Axl Rose, Poison, Stills & Nash, Richard Marx, Chicago, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and his Hot Tub Club, and so many more!! Season and series tickets were always available in advance, with multiple series, (Rock, Pop, Easy listening, Country, Jazz, and more genres, Pavarotti, Streisand,) besides the multiple series I had, my season ticket holder friends swapped seats for special nights with me, I sent my parents there, as VIP’s for Willie Nelson, I have so many photos, With these artists, backstage, In the pavilion seating area, up in The Club, still have all my passes, guitar pics, drumsticks, and even a gold necklace pendant thrown to me, by “The King Of The Blues” B B King, who played with My old Gumbo friend, Buddy Guy,
    Those were the daze

    • jrozek Says:

      Hello Keith,

      Thank you for a jam packed comment. Boy, did you take advantage of Poplar Creek!

      It is also good to know that they were still selling series tickets into 1994. I will amend the blog posting to reflect that.

      If you would like to share any of your photos or passes, I would love to create a blog posting around them. It’s always fun to see the artists in a local setting!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Librarian

  2. Mashke Says:

    This blog is amazing…thank you so much Jane for putting it together. As a teenager in hoffman estates during the 80s, i spent a lot of time at Poplar Creek. Its really a shame that its no longer around, it provided a wonderful outdoor venue with great concerts for those of us in the burbs.

    Kieth N: By all means, if you can, share your photos with Jane…im sure myself and countless other rock fans would looooooooooooooooooooove to see your behind the scenes rock photos!!!

    Peace .n. Music


  3. Randall Bounds Says:

    Jane, loved this. Some extra history. July 10, 1987 was Heart with opening act Tom Kimmel and July 18, 1987 was Night Ranger with The Outfield. My friend and I drove up from our home in Rochester, Illinois to attend both of these shows.

    • jrozek Says:

      Thank you Randall! I have updated the blog post to reflect the additions of the opening acts. I appreciate your interest.

      Be sure and check out all of the entries for the first seven years. (You can find them under “Poplar Creek” in the “Categories” heading on the right side of the blog.) There will be another one coming out in August or September on the 9th season of 1988. Look for it!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

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