Go Back To The ’80s With Jessie’s Girl

By Theodora Makris



Throw on your neon-colored best, spray your hair in place, and head to The Paramount, because it’s time to party like its 1989.

The Huntington village theater will be taking a trip back to the ’80s next week with one of the hottest bands paying tribute to the decade. The band Jessie’s Girl takes the stage for an unforgettable performance on July 11 that will leave you believing that you’ve just been teleported back in time.

This high-energy band doesn’t just rock out – they rock out in clothing that was iconic at the height of the decade. Audience members reciprocate by decking out in all things ’80s.

The Jessie’s Girl lineup includes a team of New York City’s top rock and pop vocalists. As part of the “Back to the Eighties Show,” lead vocalist Jenna O’Gara has sung alongside ’80s stars, including Tiffany, Sugar Hill Gang and Taylor Dayne. “Sting” impersonator Mark Rinzel has had 15 years of experience performing in New York City, with his musical talents soaring to national and international fame. Chris Hall has been a singer since the age of 8, and has been featured in several rock ’n’ roll musicals, including “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Rocky.”

Backing up the singers is a top-notch group of musicians, who together have decades of experience on the New York City scene. Eric Presti on guitar has owned a studio and has produced numerous bands. He has also played alongside ’80s pop stars MC Hammer, Naughty By Nature and Bret Michaels. On keyboard, the man they call “Sky” is pop star Debbie Gibson’s musical director and has played with Tiffany and Rob Base. Drew “The Druce” Mortali is the band’s bassist, with over 20 years of experience. The Druce has collaborated with Queen and Al Kooper, and has toured internationally with James Maddock. And finally, Mike “The Warrior” Maenza has had over 20 years of drumming experience and is considered one of most well-known “go-to” drummers in Manhattan. His stylistic versatility has allowed him to perform with some of the most well-known musicians, including Steven Tyler, Tony Harnell and Benny Rietveld.

The “Back to the Eighties Show” plays every Saturday on Bleecker Street in Manhattan, but on July 11, the party is here in Huntington. Paramount audience members can expect a variety of ’80s hits from Jessie’s Girl, from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer,” and everything in between, while a crowd of devoted fans sing and dance along with the music dressed head-to-toe in the decade’s best (and worst) fashion. 

Tickets are $15-$25 and can be purchased at www.paramountny.com or visit the box office at 370 New York Ave. in Huntington.