Thursday night’s “Now That’s Entertainment” concert in Salina’s Oakdale Park was much anticipated by fans of 80s rock, and it did not disappoint. Jack Russell’s Great White rocked the house.
Back in the 1980s and early 1990s Jack Russell was one of the driving forces behind Great White’s multi-platinum success. He is back on tour, and along with Tony Montana who also played in the original band, is again performing in front of big crowds. One of those big crowds, several thousand strong, gathered in Salina Thursday night.
Local favorites Paramount warmed up the crowd with 80s cover songs prior to Great White taking the stage. The veteran rockers then took the stage, and played for a couple of hours. Of course they played their big hits, including “Rock Me” and “Once Bitten Twice Shy”, much to the delight of the crowd.
Afterwards, the band hung around for about an hour and a half, mingling with fans and signing autographs.
Salinans Tim Dixson and Renee Hardesty were the driving forces behind the show, and the entire Now That’s Entertainment concert series. Last year the duo revived the City of Salina’s “That’s Entertainment” concert series when officials went a different direction and discontinued it. The series featured five weeks of free, live concerts on the Eric Stein stage in Oakdale Park. The re-energized and renamed “Now That’s Entertainment” series of concerts continued. It was one of the most successful seasons ever, capped off by a season ending concert that featured rocker Lita Ford.
There are still a couple of more concerts this month before the “Now That’s Entertainment” concert series wraps up for the summer.
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