No matter what era you grew up in, chances are that you're a fan of ‘80s and ‘90s music. Even today's teens know how great the era was, thanks to the lasting influences of Tina Turner, Queen, Elton John and boy bands like NKOTB. Now you can groove, funk and jive through the greatest years of pop music with the breakout band that made it real: The Jets.
Now playing at Miracle Mile's V Theater, The Jets ‘80s and ‘90s Experience is a fast-paced jukebox of the songs you know and love. Original members LeRoy, Haini and Rudy Wolfgramm are joined by sister Etivise Haunga, cousin Vannessa Naeata, LeRoy's 18-year-old son Evan and keyboardist Mychael Pollard.
The Jets were originally comprised of the eight eldest of seventeen siblings from the Wolfgramm family. They were the first breakthrough entertainers from the island kingdom of Tonga. Gifted with natural talent and great looks, their incredible family dynamic shines through every set. The group pumps out memorable covers of dance, rock, pop and that unmistakable Minneapolis funk made famous by Prince and Morris Day.
This ‘80s and ‘90s Experience opens with a lengthy medley of The Jets' own favorites and those made famous by C + C Music Factory, Grammy winner Jody Watley and Madonna. Barely pausing to catch a breath, they dance through the material of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, TLC, Fugees, Will Smith, Destiny's Child – even Vanilla Ice.
Of course, the show truly shines when The Jets revisit their own smash singles. With eight top-ten hits and three certified Gold and Platinum albums, the music of The Jets seemed to be everywhere at their peak. They appeared on the soundtracks for movies like Beverly Hills Cop II, Karate Kid Part 3 and Whoopi Goldberg's Burglar, and their songs continue in rotation on many Adult Contemporary stations today.
It'll be hard to believe that three decades have passed when The Jets deliver such classics as "Cross My Broken Heart," "You Got It All," "Make It Real" and, of course, "I've Got A Crush On You." Decked out in colorful outfits that evoke the ‘80s, they provide their own musical accompaniment, playing drums, guitar and keyboards while dancing across the stage and up and down the aisles.
The boundless enthusiasm The Jets maintain during their performance is absolutely contagious. If there really is a fountain of youth, it exists back on those Polynesian islands of the Wolfgramm family tree. And you'll feel like a teenager, too, when you see The Jets ‘80s and ‘90s Experience. It's a soaring time capsule you'll want to open again and again.
The Jets perform Tuesday through Saturday at 7 p.m. Save up to $50 on tickets now with Best of Vegas.