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Bee Gees tribute coming to Arts Festival

Night Fever is set to hit Springfield, appropriately on Saturday night.

The only possible prescription is dancing shoes. White leisure suit, gold chains and poofy hair are optional.

Night Fever — The Tribute to the Bee Gees will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Turner Pavilion at Veterans’ Park as part of the Springfield Arts Festival, presented by the Springfield Arts Council. Admission is free.

Night Fever, which hails from Canada, is the largest Bee Gees tribute in the world and has played as far away as Russia.

The show reflects the two significant eras of Bee Gees music by playing the band’s early pop hits, which were ballads, then their disco smashes from the 1977 film “Saturday Night Fever.”

When disco’s popularity fell in the early 1980s, so did the Bee Gees. The Gibb brothers, Barry and fraternal twins Robin and Maurice, continued to work steadily, although never nearing the late-1970s peak, when they were a major pop-culture force.

Like a lot of trends, people rediscovered the fun in disco and it was OK to enjoy the music, if not the bell bottom leisure suits and platform shoes associated with it.

Other Summer Arts Festival shows this week, all at 8 p.m. at Veterans’ Park, include: Urban Jazz Coalition, today; Parrots of the Caribbean, Friday. A special event prior to the Parrots of the Caribbean show will be the Parrothead Party in the Park at 5 p.m. featuring burgers, burritos, beer and ice-cold margaritas for purchase.

This week’s Summer Sundaes event at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg will be The Young Lions jazz ensemble from the Cincinnati School For Creative and Performing Arts. There is no cost to attend and ice cream treats will be available for purchase. This series is presented by the Springfield Arts Council and its Youth Arts Ambassadors program.

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