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Acts from the 80's mean business in St. Augustine
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The 80's are making a comeback and that means business -- literally.

The music of the 80's is proving profitable for the St. Augustine Amphitheater. A string of acts from the 80's are on the schedule to perform at the St. Johns County venue.

Duran Duran is one of them. The group made young hearts go pitter patter in the 80's, and now?

"They're just as handsome as ever," Dianya Markovitz beamed. She remembers seeing Duran Duran in concert in the 80's when she was little. Now she works at the St. Augustine Amphitheater, where the band will perform in March.

She said there was a lot of excitement when the band was booked. "When it happened, I think everyone at the venue let out a huge "Yeah!"

Salt N Pepa, Kid N Play, and Tone Loc are a few more. Richard Marx will return to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.

Ryan Murphy, St. Augustine Amphitheater general manager, said bands from the 80's are pulling in the crowds and the cash to the St. Johns County venues.

"Duran Duran is great example of a band that is still relevant," Murphy said. "It not only has a resurgence, but the fact there's a ton of 40-something-year-olds out there who are excited to relive high school days or college days is great."

The day the Duran Duran tickets went on sale, more than 2,500 tickets were sold. That's more than half of the 4,000 seats inside the amphitheater.

"So that's pretty phenomenal for us," Murphy noted.

Duran Duran and Salt N Pepa are expected to sell out within a couple weeks. The 80's bands pull in mostly people in their late 30's and early 40's. Still, Murphy said younger concertgoers also fill the seats.

He said it's because music from the 80's is "so influential on today's pop, electronic, and dance world."

Because there seems to be a growing demand for acts from the 80's, Murphy wants more of them.

"There's a ton of bands from the 80's that I am -- all the time -- going after," Murphy smiled.

Concertgoer Nick Cauten said he would fork over the cash to see Salt N Pepa. "I think it's fantastic. It's good to see the 80's guys are still able to tour."

Not just that, Markovits said the concerts are really fun to watch. "They put on a great show and it brings us back to a time when we were young and dancing with our friends!"

And that's the kind of thing that will have people hunting down tickets and filling the house.


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