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Fremont Street Experience celebrates ’80s music

The music and culture of the 1980s will take over downtown Las Vegas this summer as Fremont Street Experience hosts “Nina Blackwood’s Absolutely 80s” summer concert series and festival. The 100-day promotion will kick off Memorial Day weekend and run through Labor Day weekend.

Original MTV VJ Nina Blackwood will be guest host to a series of free headliner concerts at Fremont Street Experience. “Nina Blackwood’s Absolutely 80s” welcomes the following featured ’80s artists: Terri Nunn and 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 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.”

“I am super excited and honored to be part of this summer’s Fremont Street Experience,” Blackwood said. “It’ll be a lot of fun with great music from our ’80s favorites. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone. Oh yes, since it’s happening in Vegas, leg warmers are optional.”

“Nina Blackwood’s Absolutely 80s” also presents throughout the summer an original production show titled “VJ Invasion: Launch Date 8.1.81” to commemorate the video music generation, which began Aug. 1, 1981, with the birth of MTV.

With three stages active nightly throughout the summer, Fremont Street Experience’s music festival will include tribute bands emulating ’80s artists, plus cover bands playing ’80s music.

“We think both visitors to Las Vegas and local residents are going to have a totally awesome time at our ‘Absolutely 80s’ summer,” said Jeff Victor, president of Fremont Street Experience. “The ’80s brought a new generation of music into our living rooms and Nina Blackwood, via MTV, was at the forefront of that cultural new wave.”

This will be the third year of the summer concert series at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas.

In 2009, Fremont Street Experience presented its first summer-long festival. “Summer of ’69” celebrated the 40th anniversary of Woodstock and all the great music of 1969. In 2010, Fremont Street Experience focused on the music and culture of the 1970s decade with “Summer of the ’70s.” Artists and bands such as Gloria Gaynor, Sweet, Little River Band, Blue Oyster Cult and Jefferson Starship highlighted last summer.

Fremont Street Experience is one of the top attractions in Las Vegas, annually drawing more than 16 million visitors to downtown Las Vegas. The five-block outdoor attraction connects 10 famous hotel-casinos — Binion’s, California Hotel, Fitzgeralds, Four Queens, Fremont, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget, Main Street Station, Plaza and Las Vegas Club.

“Downtown Vegas is casual and fun, and it’s the best value in Las Vegas,” Victor said. “All the concerts and stage shows are free, plus downtown hotels offer the best deals in room rates, food and drink specials.”

For complete information on the lineup of concerts and nightly entertainment, visit www.vegasexperience.com . 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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