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Reliving the best of the 1980s

July 11, 2014

 

The Molly Ringwalds rock the sounds of the past

 

Peach Festival fans lined the Railroad Park stage Friday night to cheer on The Molly Ringwalds, who were dressed as an iconic figure from the 1980s. – Photo by Ray Patterson

Peach Festival fans lined the Railroad Park stage Friday night to cheer on The Molly Ringwalds, who were dressed as an iconic figure from the 1980s. – Photo by Ray Patterson

Ray Patterson
Staff Reporter

Hailing from Sheffield, England, The Molly Ringwalds now call New Orleans home and Friday night they made the five-hour trek to Ruston to play the Louisiana Peach Festival for the first time.

“We actually played at Louisiana Tech a few years ago and the crowd was fantastic,” said singer Jeff Lane who, goes by the stage name Sir Devon Nooner.

“The people were really responsive and energetic. It’s why we came back,” said Lane, who also runs a haberdashery. He reflected about his first time experiencing Ruston’s keystone celebration.

“First time at the Louisiana Peach Festival, what an exciting event and time. I hope we are invited back.”

The band is known for its eccentricity as well as musicianship.

Each member dresses up as an iconic figure from the ‘80s, including The Karate Kid, Peewee Herman and Dee Snyder from Twisted Sister.

“They sound better than they look, and they look pretty freaking great,” said Lorenzo Levy, a first time Peach Festival attendee and Shreveport resident. “This is the second or third time that I’ve seen them live and they just get better each and every time.”

Lane admits that time on the road can be taxing on the members in the band as well as their families back home.
“You’ve got to have people who are behind you 100 percent,” Lane said. “Our families know we have a passion for this, and they support us completely.”

From the moment the band started, they had fans jumping in sequence with the beat and clamoring for more after each song.

“How could anyone not have a great time and get into this?” Levy said. “The rain is gone and you’ve got people out here with their children, friends and loved ones just enjoying each others’ company and The Molly Ringwalds on stage delivering great music.”

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