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Posted at 5:56 PM ET, 11/29/2007

Living in the Past

By Fritz Hahn

Some people talk about nostalgia as if it's a bad thing. The promoters behind Heaven and Hell's '80s night -- now in its 14th year! -- can tell you that's not the case. Call it a quirk of fate, but the next few days offer ample opportunities for flashing back to decades gone by. From swing bands to boy bands, hippies to rockabilly cats, there's something for everyone. Choose your time period and get out of the house.

I Love the '40s
A favorite among local Lindy Hoppers, Blue Sky 5 plays the hits of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Louis Jordan, but also heats up dance floors with its '40s-styled originals. The band is playing at the Chevy Chase Ballroom on Friday night.

I Love the '50s
Rising from the ashes of Baltimore's beloved Boom Boom Cats, the Garnet Hearts are the real deal. Fans of the classic Sun Records sides -- Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Elvis -- should not miss this show, held as part of Quarry House Tavern's Crybaby Saturdays series.

I Love the '60s
Montgomery College is coming up big for baby boomers this weekend, with appearances by Big Brother and the Holding Company -- Janis Joplin's backing band still features three of its four original members -- and folkie Barry McGuire, who's known for his antiwar anthem "Eve of Destruction." No, seriously. Montgomery College.

I Love the '70s
Remember "Aqualung"? Jethro Tull, led by Ian Anderson and that bloody flute, are playing at Strathmore on Monday night. (Actually, you're better off going to see "The Concert for Bangladesh" at the Library of Congress on the same night.)

I Love the '80s
Okay, so the Reflex weren't actually stars in the '80s, but they dress and play like it, covering Prince, Madonna, Whitesnake and many other hits, from pop to metal. They're pretty active on the local bar circuit, calling at Ned Devine's in Herndon on Friday night.

I Love the '90s
Hot 99.5, the radio station responsible for throwing parties with Perez Hilton and Good Charlotte at the Clarendon Ballroom, truly outdoes itself with its latest "Little Black Dress" party, featuring an appearance by the Backstreet Boys. N'Sync's biggest rivals aren't scheduled to perform, but maybe you'll get to hear an a cappella version of "I Want It That Way." Or, if you're lucky, you won't.

By Fritz Hahn  | November 29, 2007; 5:56 PM ET
Categories:  Music  
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