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Raue Center to present weekend dedicated to ’70s and ’80s tribute groups

McHenry County Magazine

The Raue Center for the Arts will present “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Blackwater Magic” – two nights in May dedicated to performances by renowned tribute groups. For both shows, tickets start at $20 and may be purchased online at or via the Box Office at 8 815-356-9212 or in person at 26 N. Williams Street in downtown Crystal Lake.

‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’
Friday, May 19

Singer-songwriters Lisa Rock and Sari Greenberg will bring the sing-and-dance-along songs of the ’80s to the stage in “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” at 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” features songs from all the iconic bands of the era and new twists on favorite 1980s hits. Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, Culture Club and Duran Duran will all be featured. Each song will be performed in front of a four-piece band. 

The perfect show for a girls’ night out, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” encourages crowds to wear neon and bust out the hairspray and big hair for an ’80s-filled night of fun.

‘Blackwater Magic’
Saturday, May 20

For one night, the Raue Center for the Arts will bring together six musicians and two veteran tribute bands for a double-bill tribute. Bands Supernatural and China Grove will bring the music and live performances of Santana and the Doobie Brothers to downtown Crystal Lake in “Blackwater Magic.” 

The show will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20. 

Supernatural is a Santana tribute band that has carved out a following, and critical acclaim, with its faithful renditions of radio hits, such as “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Como Va,” and wild jams, such as “Jingo” and “Soul Sacrifice.” Supernatural has shared the bill with legendary artists like Aerosmith, Grand Funk and Greg Allman. With musicianship, authentic recreations and high-energy performances, Supernatural creates quite an experience.

China Grove is a Doobie Brothers tribute band whose repertoire spans the many styles and decades of the legendary group. From “China Grove,” “Takin’ it to the Streets,” the bluesy “Dark Eyed Cajun Woman” and the Grammy Award-winning pop hit “What a Fool Believes,” China Grove will blaze through a set of memory-jarring hits with stunning accuracy. 

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