Tributosaurus One Hit Wonders of the 80s

Tributosaurus One Hit Wonders of the 80s

Copernicus Center
5216 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60630
United States

Event Description:


The Copernicus Center Theater
Sunday, January 20th, 8 PM

Tickets available 10AM, Friday 11/16

It's not often that Tributosaurus breaks from our standard, trusted formula.  Since August of 2002 we have become one band, once each month.  When we do stray, it's for something truly unique and special.

It’s time to bask in the greatest One Hit Wonders of the 1980’s.

On January 20th at the Copernicus Center Theater, we put on our musical leg warmers and headbands to revisit one of our most beloved and requested concerts.  It’ll be a full night of songs you know you’ll know.

There have been thousands of top 40 hits by bands and artists that never again approached the apex of the charts.  The 1980’s offers a tremendously diverse and eclectic batch of memorable flashes in the pan.  Quirky new wave, one-offs, iconic electronic dance pop, 45’s with German B sides, bands you’re convinced had more than just that one famous moment; all will be represented in the epic set list.  We’ll take you right back to the family couch, waiting for your favorite video to play on MTV in its heyday.

This will be a long show: a healthy 2 sets yielding over 3 hours of music.  As always, we’ll have every musician necessary to pay proper homage, including horns, strings, percussion, extra guitars, keyboards, and backing vocalists aplenty.  The star of the night is, as always, the music itself.


at The Copernicus Center Theater
5216 W. Lawrence Ave. - Chicago, IL 60630

Sunday January 20th, 8 PM
Tickets available 10AM, 11/16/2018 through Ticketfly

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For the last 16 years, Tributosaurus has been paying homage to a different artist once every month. Our goal is to exactly re-create the sounds of the original recordings as closely as possible, whatever that may entail. Consequently, the core members of the group have become incredibly adept at designing sounds, transcribing performances, recognizing and creating widely varied arrangements -- managing to do this with a completely new catalog of material every show.


Every month, at Martyrs in Chicago and Wire in Berwyn, we feature a wide array of guests including horn sections, string sections, ethnic instruments and ensembles, multiple guitarists and keyboardists, and many singers both lead and supporting. This has put us in the unique position of having a direct line to the largest network of top-flight players in Chicago, all of whom know us and thankfully jump to work with us. Our musical community expands and grows closer, monthly.


The Tributosaurus core has become the ultimate musical chameleon, able to jump from style to style, from ensemble to ensemble easily. We know and listen to each other attentively, which makes each of our live performances sound like a BAND, as opposed to a group of random assembled players. It's rock and roll, and it has to feel right.


Of course, what really makes the project work is our great love and respect of the music. The material is treated with reverence, as an orchestra treats the classical canon. We love what we do, and we have more fun than ought to be legal every time we play.