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POPLAR CREEK’S 7TH SEASON 1986

August 27, 2017

 

In 1986 Billboard magazine ranked Neil Diamond as the most commercially successful solo performer of the year.  If appearances at Poplar Creek were any indication, they definitely contributed to this impressive ranking.

Even though Neil Diamond wasn’t selling as many albums in 1986, his concerts were still a hit.  Poplar Creek started the season with three Neil Diamond shows in the lineup (July 8-10) and quickly sold out the pavilion seating.  When the lawn seating started to go in a hurry too, they added an additional two shows on the 11th and 12th.  Additionally, his shows were the most expensive of the season, coming in at a whopping $23.50 a ticket!

The only other performer that season who added an additional show was Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band.  His first show–pavilion and lawn seating–sold out in a red hot hurry too.

Whitney Houston was also at the top of her form and it showed by virtue of the fact that she signed on for two shows.  1986 was a huge year for her.  She was nominated for three Grammies and won for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for her hit single “Saving All My Love For You.”  Her performance of that song at the Grammies earned her an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.  She was HOT that year and those who saw the shows were fortunate!

And, since we’re keeping track, the only performers who had performed every year since the theatre opened in 1980 were still Jimmy Buffett and Willie Nelson!  Music machines.

It’s also interesting to note which of the backup bands became famous in their own right.  Metallica, Randy Travis, The Bangles and Fine Young Cannibals certainly leap to mind when viewing the list.

May 25   Reba McEntire

June 6   Johnny & the Leisure Suits with Steve Dahl & Garry Meier

June 7   Alabama

June 15   Joe Jackson

June 19   The Chick Corea Electric Band, Wayne Shorter and Al DeMeola

June 20   Stevie Ray Vaughn with the Fabulous  T-Birds

June 21   Stevie Nicks with Peter Frampton

June 22   Depeche Mode with The Book of Love

June 25   Eddie Murphy with the Weather Girls

June 28   Willie Nelson

June 29   Bob Dylan with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

July 1   Julian Lennon with Chris Bliss

July 2   Kool and the Gang with Van Gunter

July 3   The Judds with Gary Morris

July 5   Moody Blues with The Fixx

July 6   Jimmy Buffett

July 7   Robert Palmer with Bourgeous Tagg

July 8,  Neil Diamond

July 9   Neil Diamond

July 10   Neil Diamond

July 11   Neil Diamond

July 12   Neil Diamond

July 13   Ozzy Osbourne with Metallica

July 14   Jackson Browne with Peter Case

July 15   The Cure with Phil N’ Blanche

July 19   .38 Special with Honeymoon Suite

July 25   Santana

July 26   Bobby Vinton

July 27   Manhattan Transfer

August 1   Starship with The Outfield

August 2   Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme

August 3   Billy Crystal with Randy Newman

August 4   Pointer Sisters

August 6   Air Supply

August 7   The Monkees with Herman’s Hermits, Union Gap and Grass Roots

August 8  The Oak Ridge Boys with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

August 9  The Temptations and The Four Tops

August 10   Judas Priest with Krokus

August 12   James Taylor

August 15   Bob Seger with The Fabulous Thunderbirds

August 16   Bob Seger with The Fabulous Thunderbirds

August 17   Mr. Mister with The Bangles

August 20   John Denver

August 21  Eurythmics

August 22  George Benson

August 23   Elton John

August 24   Loverboy with Dokken

August 25   Anne Murray

August 26   Steve Winwood with Jimmy Cliff

August 27   Beach Boys with Katrina and the Waves

August 29   UB 40 with Fine Young Cannibals

August 30   Whitney Houston

August 31   Whitney Houston

September 1   Andreas Vollenweider

September 4   AC/DC with Loudness

September 5   Patti LaBelle with Woody Henderson

September 6   Hank Williams Jr. with Earl Thomas Conley

September 19   Barbara Mandrell with Randy Travis

Does anything else in this list catch your eye?  Did you attend any of the shows?  I know I went to the Anne Murray show because the library had tickets.  I remember she made a special point about welcoming us to Hoffman Estates on a Monday night.  It was a pretty darned good show and the fact that we had pavilion seating made it all the better!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

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POPLAR CREEK’S SIXTH SEASON–1985

September 4, 2016

When Poplar Creek’s sixth season opened in 1985, it was apparent right off the bat that the booking agents were going to move in some new directions.  Iron Maiden, a heavy metal band, was on the schedule in June and, conversely, Amy Grant, a Contemporary Christian artist, was scheduled for August.  Somewhere in the middle were other newcomers:  UB40, a reggae band; New Edition, a teenage soul group; Illinois boy, Dan Fogelberg; Canadian rocker, Bryan Adams and British pop band Style Council.Dan Fogelberg

Of course, there were big favorites scheduled like the Beach Boys, Barry Manilow, Phil Collins and Huey Lewis and the News–a band that set the attendance record the prior year.

Coming back to Poplar Creek after not touring for more than five years were Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Dire Straits.  This was also the first year for Phil Collins to break from Genesis and for Don Henley to break from the Eagles.  Alabama was also appearing on their own and not as the opening act for Mac Davis.

The list of bands who had performed at all six years of Poplar Creek’s existence was now down to two–Jimmy Buffett and Willie Nelson, performing machines!Willie Nelson

Tickets for most shows were $15 for pavilion seats and $10 for lawn seats with Barry Manilow, Liza Minnelli, Phil Collins and Alabama commanding slightly higher prices.  You have to give it to Barry, Liza and Phil though.  They were willing to book two shows and, obviously, brought in the crowds to justify the prices.Cheap-Trick-1

And, to top off the season, Cheap Trick gave a free concert on Friday, September 20, the final day of the season.  There were three ways to get tickets.  (1.) Go to any Just Pants store and buy a top, pair of pants or any Levis product and a ticket was yours.  (2.) Visit any of the locations announced on WLS-FM during a certain few days and obtain one of the 1200 tickets to be handed out.  (3.) Or, go to any of the following records stores and say, “WLS is my favorite radio station”:  Hegewisch Records, Rolling Stone Records, JR’s Music Shop, Flip Side and Orange Records and Tapes.  A limited number of tickets would be available.  How many local people do you suppose went to the Flip Side in Barrington Square and asked that question?

Enjoy the list!

May 31  Santana

June 13  Bryan Adams and Survivor

June 14  Dan Fogelberg

June 16  Iron Maiden

June 17 & 18  Phil Collins and his Hot Tub Club

June 19  Hank Williams Jr. with Lacy J. Dalton

June 20  Kenny Loggins

June 22  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with “Til Tuesday

June 23  Jimmy Buffett

June 28 & 29   Barry Manilow

June 30  New Edition

July 3  Don Henley with Katrina and The Waves

July 4  Harper College Choirs and Elgin Symphony Orchestra

July 5  Eric Clapton with Graham Parker & the Shot

July 8  REO Speedwagon

July 11  Melissa Manchester

July 12 & 13  Liza Minelli

July 14  REO Speedwagon with Cheap Trick

July 17  Jeffrey Osborne

July 19  Pat Metheny Group

July 20  Alabama

July 21  Air Supply

July 25  Jeffrey Osborne

July 26  Style Council

July 27  Kool & the Gang

July 28  Manhattan Transfer

July 29  Rick Springfield

July 30  Crosby, Stills & Nash

July 31  UB40

August 1  Chaka Khan

August 2  Adam Ant

August 3  Dire Straits

August 4  Beach Boys

August 5  Huey Lewis & the News

August 6  John Waite

August 8   George Thorogood & the Destroyers, plus Johnny Winter

August 9  Amy Grant plus Russ Taff

August 10  Oak Ridge Boys plus Exile

August 11  Loverboy

August 12  Power Station

August 14  Temptations and the Four Tops

August 16  Lee Greenwood and Gary Morris

August 17  George Benson

August 23 & 25  Wham!

August 27  DIO

August 28  Paul Young

August 31  The Kinks

September 1  Commodores

September 2  Willie Nelson

September 6  Squeeze

September 7  Sting

September 14  Melissa Manchester

September 15  Heart

September 20  Cheap Trick  (free concert)

 

 

POPLAR CREEK’S FIFTH SEASON–1984

September 13, 2015

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Around this time in 1984 Poplar Creek Music Theater’s season closed after it’s fifth straight year of outdoor music in the northwest suburbs.

PavarottiThe big name for Poplar Creek that year was the famed tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, who appeared on a memorable Monday night in August.  Multi-city touring was something new for Mr. Pavarotti and Hoffman Estates was chosen as the starting point for the tour.  The performance was conducted with the orchestra of the Chicago Lyric Opera providing the background accompaniment.  Other locations where he performed were New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles but Poplar Creek had him first!  You can read more about that concert here.

There were other large, multi-piece bands who performed.  Linda Ronstadt with Nelson Riddle’s orchestra, Chicago and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass provided a big sound on their respective nights.

John DenverJohn Denver came back after a couple of years off and did himself proud with two concerts on back to back nights.  The only others who performed two nights in a row were James Taylor and Neil Diamond.  Not too hard to believe, is it?

Disco was definitely gone but there were still country acts who gave big concerts.  The Oak Ridge Boys, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings with Neil Young filled that part of the bill.  And then there was the 1980s pop sound with Billy Idol, Go-Go’s, Cyndi Lauper and Sheena Easton.

In 1983 there were six acts who had performed every year that the theater was open.  In 1984 that number was down to three.  Those who were back for yet another encore performance were Jimmy Buffett (does he ever quit?), James Taylor and Willie Nelson.  And all of them are still popular today!

Unfortunately, the closing act of the season was cancelled.  Barbara Mandrell was set to perform on September 22 but was forced to stop her tour because of serious injuries suffered in a car accident on September 11.

How many of these concerts did you attend?  What were the highlights?  Were you part of the traffic jam on I-90 for Pavarotti’s concert?  Fill us in on the details!

June 1                  Billy Idol

June 5 & 6         John Denver

June 10              Joe Jackson

June 13              Ted Nugent

June 22              King Crimson

June 23              Jimmy Buffett

June 24             Go-Go’s

July 2                 Moody Blues

July 3                 Linda Rondstadt with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra

July 5                 Pointer Sisters with Lee Ritenour

July 6                 Everly Brothers

July 7                 Huey Lewis and the News

July 12              Aerosmith

July 14               .38 Special

July 21               Kool & The Gang with special guest, KC and the Sunshine Band

July 27              The Greg Kihn Band with Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul

August 1            Chicago

August 3 & 4    James Taylor and Randy Newman

August 5           Air Supply

August 6           The Cars with Wang Chung

August 7           Johnny Mathis

August 8          Ronnie James Dio with Twisted Sister

August 9           Steve Lawrence and Edyie Gorme

August 10         Oak Ridge Boys

August 11          Eurythmics with Howard Jones

August 12          Yes

August 13          Luciano Pavarotti

August 16          Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

August 17          Pretenders with Simple Minds

August 18         Paul Simon

August 20         Willie Nelson

August 21          Thompson Twins

August 22          Sheena Easton

August 24 & 25  Neil Diamond

August 28         Elvis Costello and The Attractions with Nick Lowe and his Cowboy Outfit

August 31          Rick Springfield

September 2     Billy Squier with Ratt

September 3     Waylon Jennings and Neil Young

September 14   George Benson

September 15   Herbie Handcock and Steel Pulse

September 16   Cyndi Lauper

 

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

 

POPLAR CREEK’S 4TH SEASON–1983

July 27, 2014

Barry ManilowWhen Poplar Creek opened in 1980, Barry Manilow was in the lineup for three nights and then he disappeared for two years.  In June of 1983 he came back with a bang–and he didn’t even have an album to push.  He appeared for a record four shows with a strong lineup of songs from all of those popular albums from the 70’s and 80’s.  Only Bette Midler came close to being as popular with her three shows in July.

The 1983 season of summer opened with The Beach Boys–an appropriate choice.  There was a mix of solo acts and group acts with even some comedians thrown in for good measure.  David Brenner, who recently passed away in 2014, was the opening act for Melissa Manchester and Gary Shandling, another Tonight show favorite, opened for Donna Summer.  Interesting that these two acts were on back to back nights.

It was also apparent the disco sound was waning with only Donna Summer booked to satisfy that genre.  Country  was still popular judging by the appearances of the Charlie Daniels Band, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and The Oak Ridge Boys.  oak ridge boys

The number of acts continuing their run of appearing at Poplar Creek every year since it opened dropped from seven to six in 1983.  The six who appeared included The Beach Boys,  Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, Jefferson Starship and Santana.  Only Anne Murray dropped out from the year before.  Which one of these six would not appear in 1984?

The year ended with a two-day run of The Moody Blues.  Was there anyone you were able to see in 1983?  Did they put on a good show?  Anything memorable?  Share it with us!

June 5                                                 The Beach Boys

June 8                                                 Waylon Jennings

June 11                                              Darryl Hall & John Oates

June 18                                              Shirley Bassey

June 19                                              Chicago

June 21                                              Charlie Daniels Band

June 22, 23, 25 & 26                       Barry Manilow

June 27 & 28                                     The Grateful Dead

July 2                                                  Kool & the Gang

July 6                                                  Joni Mitchell

July 7 & 8                                           Engelbert Humperdinck

July 9 & 10                                         Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

July 11                                                Eric Clapton, The Blasters

July 12                                                Donna Summer, Gary Shandling

July 13                                                Melissa Manchester, David Brenner

July 14, 15, 16                                  Bette Midler

July 17                                                Donny, Marie and the Osmond Brothers

July 18                                                The B-52s

July 19                                                Air Supply

July 20                                                Paul Anka

July 21                                                Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band

July 22                                                Al Jarreau

July 23                                                John Denver

July 29 & 30                                      Tom Jones

July 31                                                Peter, Paul & Mary

August 2                                            Peter Gabriel, The Call

August 3                                            Loverboy, Quiet Riot

August 4 & 5                                     James Taylor

August 7                                            Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson

August 10                                          Utopia

August 11                                          The Animals

August 12 & 13                                 Willie Nelson

August 14                                          Talking Heads

August 17                                          Merle Haggard

August 18                                          Jefferson Starship, Patrick Simmons

August 21                                          The Oak Ridge Boys

August 24                                          Elvis Costello

August 25                                          Kenny Loggins

August 26                                          Sheena Easton

August 27                                          George Benson

August 28                                          American Philharmonic Brass Ensemble  (12:30 p.m.)

August 28                                          Jackson Browne

August 29                                          Men At Work, INXS

September 2                                     Heart

September 3 & 4                              Asia

September 5                                     Culture Club

September 10                                   Santana

September 15                                   Neil Young

September 16 & 17                         Moody Blues

 

Compiled by Jane Rozek, Local History Librarian, Schaumburg Township District Library

POPLAR CREEK’S THIRD SEASON–1982

August 18, 2013

In the third year of Poplar Creek’s operation, they opened their season one week later and closed down one week earlier than the prior year.  Maybe they learned something from the weather?

Steve DahlJohn Denver did not appear this year but Elton John did.   This was also the year we had a local act for the first time–Steve Dahl, Garry Meier and Teenage Radiation.  It was also the first year for a couple of comedy acts–Joan Rivers and David Brenner, as well as Rodney Dangerfield–as one of our readers pointed out.  And to class it up a bit, the Warsaw Philharmonic appeared too.  joan rivers

The only acts who appeared for the third year in a row were:  Santana, Jimmy Buffett,  Jefferson Starship, Beach Boys, Anne Murray, James Taylor,  and Willie Nelson.  Won’t it be interesting to see which of this group continued their run and appeared in 1983?

June 12                                    The Beach Boys

June 13                                    The Charlie Daniels Band

June 17                                    Asia

June 18                                    Chicago

June 19                                    Joan Rivers & David Brenner

June 26                                    Jimmy Buffett & Bonnie Raitt

July 3                                       Air Supply & Livingston Taylor

July 4                                       Steve Dahl, Garry Meier, Teenage Radiation

July 9                                       Santana

July 10                                     Elton John & Quarterflash

July 16 – 17                              Engelbert Humperdink

July 18                                     George Benson

July 20                                     April Wine

July 22                                     Steve Miller Band

July 23-24                                Johnny Mathis/Henry Mancini

July 25                                     Wayne Newton

July 27                                     Warsaw Philharmonic

July 29                                     Al Jarreau

July 30 – August 1                    Lena Horne

August 2                                  Genesis

August 6                                  Barbara Mandrell, Do-Rites

August 7                                  King Crimson

August 8                                  Blondie, Duran Duran

August 9 – 10                           James Taylor, Karla Bonoff

August 11                                Marshall Tucker Band

August 13 – 14                         Queen, Billy Squier

August 15                                Blue Oyster Cult, Aldo Nova

August 16                                Talking Heads

August 19                                Toto, Michael Stanley Band

August 21                                Crosby, Stills & Nash

August 22                                Eddie Rabbitt, Lacy Dalton

August 23 – 24                         Heart

August 26                                Rick Springfield, Greg Kihn

August 27                                Rodney Dangerfield

August 28                                Dolly Parton

August 29 – 31                        Olivia Newton John

September 1                           Jefferson Starship with Grace Slick

September 2                           Manhattan Transfer

September 3                           Anne Murray

September 4                           Willie Nelson

September 6                           Kenny Loggins

September 10 – 11                  REO Speedwagon, Survivor

September 12                         Jethro Tull

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

THE POPLAR CREEK IMPACT ON HOFFMAN ESTATES

July 21, 2013

Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the June 2013 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

Poplar Creek branchWhen F & S Construction began building the village back in 1955, the first school was named Twinbrook and the first telephone exchange was Twinbrook 4.  The name came from the fact that Hoffman Estates was situated between two brooks or creeks.  Salt Creek was to the east and Poplar Creek was to the north and west.  Poplar Creek’s watershed is largely in Hoffman Estates.  The creek’s west branch begins its meandering up north of Palatine Rd in Barrington. The east branch of the creek snakes through north Hoffman and down the west side of Roselle Rd., under the tollway and winds its way through back yards north of Hassell Rd. It eventually joins with the west branch and continues its journeys through the forest preserves under the 106 year old lion bridge and empties into the Fox River in South Elgin.

Poplar Creek was the favorite place for fishing for Jon Bierman and his boyhood friend Ralph Heine.  They caught Bullheads, Blue gills, Northern Pike and Carp.   The two boys lived on either side of Barrington Rd. at old Higgins Rd.  It was known as Buttermilk Corners.  The creek went through Jon’s grandfather’s farm at Higgins and the tollway, under the bridge near Jon’s home, through his parent’s property and across and through Ralph’s farm.  They hid under the bridge on hot days and also did a little frog hunting as well.

The name Poplar Creek can be found in many areas of the village.  One of the newest areas is the large shopping center, Poplar Creek Crossing, located at Route 59 and Higgins Rd.  One of the oldest is gone.  That was the Poplar Creek Music Theater that so many fondly remember for its great outdoor concerts.  The beautiful Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club is another area namesake.  This 18 hole championship golf course is owned by the Hoffman Estates Park District. Poplar Creek Village, Poplar Creek Bowl and so many other businesses have identified with Poplar Creek.Poplar Creek 1

When the first settlers purchased their homesteads, the Poplar Creek was as important as the rich soil and the large groves of oak trees.  The farms are gone but Poplar Creek’s watershed, that occupies forty-four square miles , continues to provide drainage for our village and fisherman can still be found on its  west end at Golf Rd.

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Village Historian

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POPLAR CREEK’S SECOND SEASON–1981

July 1, 2012

The Poplar Creek Music Theater had 29 concerts their first year of operation.  Their second year proved to be even more successful.  They booked 45 acts during the course of what would be a very busy summer.  And, once again, they had several acts who booked on multiple nights.  In fact, Sha-Na-Na-Na even performed at Woodfield while they were in town. 

They also had some repeat acts from the year before.  They were:  Santana, John Denver, Jefferson Starship, Jimmy Buffett, Chuck Mangione, Beach Boys, Sha-Na-Na, Arlo Guthrie, Anne Murray, James Taylor, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.  Obviously, they were touring machines at the time who maybe enjoyed the outdoor venue?

Take a look at the list of concerts and the dates they were held.  Can you guess which concert attracted the biggest crowd?  If you have a guess, send in a comment.  Or, maybe you remember going to one of concerts.  Do you have a memory you’d like to share?  If so, make a comment.  The more, the merrier.

June 4                                   Paul Anka

June 7                                   Santana

June 10                                 Bob Dylan

June 12                                 Joe Walsh

June 13 & 14                       James Taylor

June 19                                 Jefferson Starship with Grace Slick

June 20                                 Beach Boys

June 23                                 James Galway and Cleo Laine

June 27                                 Waylon Jennings

June 28                                 Weather Report

June 30                                 Blue Oyster Cult and Humble Pie

July 3                                     Kingston Trio and The Association

July 10                                   Johnny Cash

July 11                                   Utopia

July 12                                   Victor Borge

July 13 & 14                         Cher

July 15                                   Marshall Tucker Band

July 16                                   Mac Davis with Alabama

July 17 & 18                         Moody Blues

July 19                                   Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie

July 22                                   Jimmy Buffett

July 24                                   Wayne Newton

July 25                                   Dionne Warwick

July 26 & 27                         Linda Ronstadt with Joe Ely

July 29                                   Chuck Mangione

July 31 & August 1            Dinah Shore

August 5                              Peter Paul & Mary

August 6                              Peter Frampton

August 7 & 8                       Willie Nelson

August 9                              Kansas

August 12                            Three Dog Night

August 14                            Foghat

August 15                            John Denver

August 16                            Anne  Murray

August 18                            Sha-Na-Na

August 20 & 21                  Donna Summer

August 22                            Ozzy Osbourne

August 24                            Pat Benatar

August 26                            Christopher Cross with America

August 27                            Allman Brothers Band

August 28                            George Benson

August 29 & 30                  Liza Minnelli with Joel Grey

September 1                      Doobie Brothers

September 2                      Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

September 3 & 4              Journey