Huey Lewis and the News


Three decades ago, Huey Lewis and the News were as ubiquitous as Cabbage Patch Kids, thanks to upbeat, no-frills-rock singles like “Heart and Soul,” “I Want a New Drug,” and “If This Is It.” They had a sort of family-friendly optimism and their big sax solos and Lewis’s scratchily soulful soliloquies served as an anesthetic to Reagan-era recession-related depression. It was a unique quality that they captured best on their multi-platinum 1983 record Sports, which contains those songs (as well as “The Heart of Rock & Roll”) and will be played in its entirety tonight at Irving.

Mon., May 13, 8 p.m., 2013