WEBB CITY, Mo. —
A monthly celebration of decades will feature classic '80s musical artistry such as Louis Armstrong, "Lullaby of Broadway" and Frank Sinatra.
"Sinatra has a hit for every decade except the '70s," said Carolyn McGowan, spokesperson for the Webb City Library Centennial Committee. "His last big hit was 'New York, New York' from 1980."
Although the Big Apple anthem was written in the late '70s for a Scorsese movie, the first year of the '80s featured the song on Sinatra's "Trilogy: Past, Present, Future."
And there are plenty of other '80s links to a program filled with music performed by area singers, McGowan said.
Songs such as "Endless Love," "Greatest Love of All," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "That's What Friends are For" will be sung by groups such as a quartet from the Sweet Adelines and Webb City High School's Bella Voce Show Choir.
Other singers include Scott Beaudreax, Sam Burnside, Lindsey Daniels, Caleb Freeman, Brooklyn Park, Carrie Njoroge and Andrew McGowan.
The celebration includes a social and display at 2 p.m. and a showing of 1987's "The Princess Bride" at 2:30 p.m.
The celebration is part of several months of decade salutes commemorating the centennial of the Webb City Public Library. The last four months have featured dances and concerts related to the '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s.
Unlike those last events, Saturday's program will be hosted at the library, located at 101 Liberty St. Because event space is limited, organizers are asking for reservations for the free program.
Want to go?
Celebration of the 1980s will start at 2 p.m. at the Webb City Public Library. "The Princess Bride" will be shown at 2:30 p.m. and the concert will start at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free; attendees are asked to make reservations by calling either the library or Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce.
Details: 417-673-4326, 417-673-1154.