It's mid-September. The weather is awful. Football season has started. And there's little motivation to leave the ole homestead for any kind of road trip. But this weekend in Orlando, there's a show that every '80s fan should hit: Midge Ure and Paul Young at The Plaza Live.
Need more than my word for it? Here are three good reasons to catch their "Soundtrack of Your Life" tour on Sept. 15.
1. THEY'RE RIGHT: They are indeed playing the "soundtrack of your life." Midge was the frontman of Ultravox back during our beloved decade, giving us hits like Vienna, Fade to Grey, All Stood Still and Hymn. (Plus, he's the co-organizer of Live Aid and the mastermind behind Do They Know It's Christmas? so he's seriously a huge deal.) Paul Young was the voice behind Every Time You Go Away, Some People and Love of the Common People. (BTW, I just found out that Love of the Common People is a cover of a song originally recorded in 1967 by a quartet called The Four Preps. Wild. Here's their version.)
2. THE VENUE: The Plaza Live is one of Orlando's oldest theaters. By that, I mean it dates all the way back to the 1960s – making it old by Orlando standards but a baby otherwise. It still retains its quirky '60s "space age" design, including a saucer-like sign perched high above the venue. It's located north of downtown Orlando off Colonial Drive and just steps away from Beefy King, one of Orlando's oldest and most beloved quick food establishments. The Plaza Live is an intimate venue perfect for catching acts that perform so close to the seats, you can almost touch them.
3. IT'S FOOD AND WINE TIME: In case you've been living in a cave, over at Epcot, the International Food and Wine Festival just started up. Before the show (or the next day), head on over and grab a bite. All the countries in the International Gateway are serving up their specialties again this fall. That makes for the perfect comfort food to pair up alongside these two international '80s stars. (Not into Epcot? It's also Magical Dining Month right now in Orlando where select restaurants are offering three-course, prix fixe dinners for just $35.)
(The Plaza Live is at 425 N. Bumby Ave., in Orlando. Tickets are available online in advance and at the box office one hour before the show starts. Tickets for Midge Ure and Paul Young are $29.50 to $64.50.)