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Cover band to get Suwanee Town Center rocking to '70s and '80s

SUWANEE -- The first concert of the year in Town Center Park will feature a band that promises to revive memories of AM gold hits of Michael McDonald and Gloria Gaynor. The band's popularity could also be demonstrated in the 20-somethings that might be bopping next to their parents.

The fourth birthday celebration of Atlanta radio station 106.7 FM will begin at noon Saturday. The Atlanta's Greatest Hits event will feature festival food, vendor booths, giveaways, and an area especially for children with inflatable bouncy houses, games and prizes. Admission is free.

Lawn chairs, blankets and picnics are encouraged by event organizers, but alcohol is only allowed from Town Center restaurants.

The headline band, Yacht Rock Revue, plays hits by artists like Boz Scaggs, Jackson Browne, Kenny Loggins, the Bee Gees, Rupert Holmes, the Doobie Brothers, and Hall and Oates.

"It's pretty amazing to watch kids in their 20s still jamming to a Michael McDonald song," said Mike Kee, event manager at radio station 99X, which is part of the Cumulus Media family with 106.7.

Kee said Yacht Rock Revue gained in popularity when they played at the 10 High Club in Virginia Highlands. The band then played at wedding receptions, and its name became well-known up the East Coast.

"If you came of age anywhere from the mid-70s to the mid-80s, this is your music," said Bill Barnes, Suwanee's assistant to the public works director, in a press release. "I love the energy and the attitude of this band. They will make you want to dance, sing along, or just pretend you're young again. I flash back to proms, the fraternity house, and the night clubs of college and my 20s, but I'm also always amazed at the now 20-somethings that I see at the band's shows."

The opening band is Yacht Rock Schooner, a "fast, light, backwards version of Yacht Rock Revue." Yacht Rock Schooner will play at 3:30 p.m., and Yacht Rock Revue will begin at 5:30 p.m.

A free shuttle service will begin at 3:30 p.m. between Town Center and off-site parking at Shawnee North Business Complex.