Much like the merger of Saints Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital brought together two longstanding healthcare institutions into a powerhouse consortium, Huey Lewis and the News combines doo-wop sound with a classic rock sound that made them a radio staple in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Now, the San Francisco-based band comes to Lowell on Saturday night as part of the Circle Health Celebration concert at Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell.
The event is being held to mark the emergence of Circle Health, which Lowell General officials say will join physicians, provider organizations and caregivers in an integrated care system. Organizers say the event will feature business and community leaders, along with employees of Lowell General Hospital, the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell, the Greater Lowell Health Alliance, Lowell Community Health Center, the Lowell General Physician Hospital Organization, and primary and specialty care physicians.
Once the dignitaries have been recognized and proclamations made, it's time to get down to the heart of rock and roll, which happens to be one of Huey Lewis and The News' biggest hits (it reached No. 6 in 1984).
The band had a whopping 17 top 40 hits on the Billboard pop singles chart between 1982 and 1991, with three chart-toppers (1985's "The Power of Love" from the Back to the Future soundtrack, 1986's "Stuck with You" and 1987's "Jacob's Ladder" from the album Fore!).
Shifting toward more of a doo-wop sound in the 1990s meant a move away from pop radio airplay and Billboard chart success, but it kept the band energized amid myriad lineup changes in the 1990s and into this century.
These days, the band remains a viable force on the live music scene, playing 80-120 shows a year, mostly in the summer alongside other classic rock acts such as Chicago and Joe Cocker.
I can promise you that you will be entertained.
Huey Lewis and the News will perform at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Tsongas Center box office, online at www.tsongascenter.com or at either Lowell General Hospital campus.