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Boy George & Culture Club returns to Artpark on August 31

Boy George & Culture Club (Photo provided by Artpark & ​​Company)

Mon. May 2, 2022 10:45 a.m.

Grammy winners Boy George & Culture Club will return to the Artpark Amphitheater on Wednesday, August 31 for a show at 6:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 6.

Artpark shared the following:

Few new wave bands were as popular as Culture Club. In the early 1980s, the band racked up seven consecutive Top 10 hits in the UK and six Top 10 singles in the US with their lighthearted, infectious pop-soul, including “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me “, “Time (Clock of the Heart), “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya”, “Church of the Poison Mind”, “Karma Chameleon”, “Miss Me Blind”, and “It’s a Miracle”.

Although their music is radio-ready, what made the band famous was Boy George, the band’s charismatic cross-dressing lead singer. George wore flamboyant dresses and wore heavy makeup, creating a disarming androgynous appearance that caused a stir on early MTVs. George also had a biting wit and frequently offered cutting jokes which earned the Culture Club heavy media exposure in America and Britain. Although closely aligned with the New Romantics—they were both inspired by soul and northern fashion—Culture Club had a sharper pop savvy than its peers, and as a result had a wider appeal.

The band reunited again in 2014 for a tour, and the band also started working on a new album with producer Youth. The band scheduled to release an album titled “Tribes” in 2015, but the record never materialized. Instead, the recordings served as the basis for “Life,” the 2018 album that marked Culture Club’s first new album in nearly 20 years.

The band’s “Life Tour” performed to a sold-out audience at Artpark in 2018.

Tickets for front stage (standing room only) and reserved seating (numbered chairs provided) are $77. The general admission bowl (carrier chairs allowed) is $39, while the general admission lawn (carrier chairs allowed) is $20.

Tickets can be purchased at the Artpark Box Office, 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston; and online at ticketmaster.com. To visit artpark.net for more information and a full list of upcoming events.