It’s a dead man’s party in the Santa Clarita Valley in January when the original members of Oingo Boingo come to town.
Oingo Boingo produced hit after hit in the 80s, and there’s also a local tie, albeit one who’s no longer with the group: founder Danny Elfman briefly attended classes at California Institute of the Arts.
Oingo Boingo produced hits like “Dead Man’s Party,” “Weird Science,” “We Close Our Eyes,” “Only a Lad,” “Just Another Day,” “Stay,” “Out Of Control,” “Who Do You Want To Be,” “Gratitude,” “Private Life” and many more, some of which still receive radio play and are tied to classic movies of the time.
The dance party crew consists of original ‘80s and ‘90s era Oingo Boingo members Johnny “Vatos” Hernandez, Sam “Sluggo” Phipps, Carl Graves and, on occasion, Steve Bartek, John Avila and Doug Legacy are joined by Brendan McCreary (vocals), Mike Glendinning (guitar), Freddy Hernandez (bass), Brian Swartz (trumpet) and Felice Hernandez (backing vocals).
Those looking to catch the 1980s dance party in action when it comes to town on Jan. 4, check out Canyon Santa Clarita’s website.
Find the Canyon Santa Clarita on the ground floor of the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Get tickets at the box office 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday, by phone at (888) 645-5006, or via TicketMaster.com. For more info, visit WheremusicmeetstheSoul.com.