What's better than a day at the beach? How about a day at the beach with live music by some of the biggest acts of the 1980s?
On Saturday, a waterfront park at the new municipal complex in Madeira Beach will be the unlikely venue for an all-day outdoor music festival featuring headliners Culture Club.
In the early 1980s, Culture Club dominated the pop charts and MTV with a string of hits from their albums "Kissing to Be Clever," "Colour By Numbers" and "Waking Up With the House On Fire." Singer Boy George's look and personality helped propel Culture Club, but the band had some great pop songs and solid musicianship to back up the image.
The entire group -- Boy George, guitarist Roy Hay, bassist Mikey Craig and drummer Jon Moss -- is intact, and they're touring for the first time in 15 years.
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The rest of the lineup for the festival is impressive: Book of Love (best known for the dance club hit "I Touch Roses"), electronic industrial band My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, C + C Music Factory ("Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now"), Howard Jones ("What Is Love") and Marc Almond, who has had along solo career after starting out as half of Soft Cell ("Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go").
The event itself is called the Unity Fest, and it's supposed to promote respect among different ethnicities and gender.
There are no seats for general admission ticket buyers -- it's standing only.
Details: 3 p.m. Aug. 15, R.O.C. Park, 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach. Tickets: $38.85-$198.30. Information: 727-392-066, unityfest.us.
-- Marty Clear