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Family Tree: Mayhem Perform Huey Lewis and the News' Sports 

When: Sat., March 12, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $5
Another weekend in Nashville, another album from days of radio past recreated live by some of the city’s finest musicians. Until some shit starts getting new around these parts, this practice will not get old. The last time self-proclaimed “Nashville-based super collective” Family Tree — aggregating local artists including members of De Novo Dahl and Channing & Quinn — took to The 5 Spot to for an installment of Mayhem (their long-playing tribute events led by “drummer/freelance badass” Jerry Pentecost), it was to perform Elvis Costello’s classic sophomore effort This Year’s Model. Whether by coincidence or cleverness, the group’s decision to train their chops on Huey Lewis and the News’ 1983 blockbuster hit parade Sports makes for a fitting follow-up. Not because Lewis is an obvious San Franciscan counterpart to Costello, but because members of his News previously hailed from country-rock outfit Clover — the same Clover who backed Costello on his 1977 debut, My Aim Is True. While you can make of that trajectory what you will, there’s little doubt that, like Aim, Sports has stood the test of time. With the Boomerang Generation’s love for ’80s aesthetics unwavering, it’s hipper than ever to be square, making Sports’ whopping five hit singles (“The Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Heart and Soul,” “I Want a New Drug,” “Walking on a Thin Line” and “If This Is It”) just as big football/coke-party staples today as they were in their own time.
— Adam Gold

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