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From this Era: Concerts on Campus in the 1980s

Fall 2018
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The Ramones, May 28, 1983

For just $1, concertgoers caught the punk rockers at Cahn Auditorium as part of the Dillo Day festivities.

Courtesy of The Daily Northwestern

Wynton Marsalis, April 22, 1986

The jazz trumpeter and his band played an eight-song set before a sell-out crowd of 1,100 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, where he offered a brief lecture on jazz culture before the final song. Marsalis ’09 H returned as Commencement speaker in 2009.



elvis costello at Northwestern in 1989

Courtesy of The Syllabus Yearbook

Elvis Costello, April 22, 1989

In a three-hour A&O-sponsored concert at McGaw Hall, Costello thrilled the 6,200 fans in the audience with his hits “Alison,” “Veronica” and “Pump It Up.” But the highlight of the night was a duet with guest performer Nick Lowe.

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  • #NUstalgic - Fabulous show and, yes, the duet with Nick Lowe was great but, ironically, of all the selections @ElvisCostello failed to play was “Girls Talk” with his old Stiff Records buddy. So glad DMcM is in stronger health. — @BillFigel

    Bill Figel ’85 MS, Chicago, via Twitter

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