Revival South is hosting a back to the ‘80s party on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. on the green space at The Mill on Etowah.

Event organizer Gary Lamb said that the event is being brought back after a successful New Year’s Eve edition of the party in January, with many of the aspects that residents loved about the party making a return.

“Reformation Brewery is going to be on site serving beer, Locals on North in Canton will have a full bar of wine, liquor, and beer, and Choate BBQ and Joe’s Lonestar Tacos will be there serving food,” Lamb said. “Savage Axe Throwing will also be at the event, along with Man Cave Arcade, who will set up a number of machines for people to enjoy.”

Lamb also said that the event will host a number of ‘80s themed vendors, selling throwback clothing items and accessories, as well as unique themed drinks like neon lemonade.

The event will also feature an appearance by the ‘80s tribute band Guardians of the Jukebox, which is led by Canton resident and well known rock and metal guitarist for Stuck Mojo and Fozzy, Rich Ward. Ward said he looks forward to the event and is excited to bring the sound of ‘80s MTV back to Canton.

“We aren’t just playing these hits from the ‘80s, we are trying to embrace everything that was magical about these songs and the artists from the era that those songs came out of,” Ward said. “We don’t want to reimagine these hits, we want to play them in a respectful way that gives it that authenticity and nostalgia factor because we grew up and went to high school during this era.”

Other members of Guardians of the Jukebox include some of Ward’s bandmantes from Fozzy and Stuck Mojo, as well as members of Radio 80’s. Ward said that the group will perform hits from Brian Adams, Duran Duran, Simple Minds, and Huey Lewis & The News, to name a few.

“2020 has not been a great year, and we just thought that, now that things are starting to lighten up a bit, now would be a great time to allow people to have some fun and celebrate the great decade that was the 1980’s,” Lamb said. “The community just needs to have a fun night where no one is discussing politics, the virus, and all the negative stuff going on in the country right now. We’re going to have great music and not so great fashion, and everyone is going to just have a good time.”

The event is free to attend and no outside food or drink is permitted. Lamb said that social distancing will be in place, and there will be no mask requirement.

The Mill on Etowah is located at 225 Reformation Parkway in Canton.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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