Decades Rewind will transport The Mendel Center to the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s

April 13, 2018



Decades Rewind is set to perform their audience-favorite theatrical concert at The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor for a special summer engagement on Friday, June 8, at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 16, at 10 am through The Mendel Center Box Office and


Decades Rewind is a nationally touring concert, dance party, and theatrical performance all wrapped up in one blockbuster show celebrating the hits of the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s – America’s most prominent decades in music history.


The medleys feature a wide array of legendary songs including hits by ABBA, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Tina Turner, Chubby Checker, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Prince, Bon Jovi, and many others.  The “jump out and grab you show” is accompanied by three larger-than-life screens and visuals that instantly transport viewers to each decade with images from that time’s headlines and pop culture.


Decades Rewind was created by the show’s keyboardist, Peter Gatti, and drummer, Mark Blinkhorn.  Gatti owns and operates Studio G, a high-end studio used by many local and national artists in the Tampa area. Studio G is also the home of, an internet-based radio station. Blinkhorn is a retired firefighter from the Sarasota, Florida, County Fire Department and now tours full time with Decades Rewind.


Other members of the Decades Rewind band include Music Director and vocalist Al Owen, Ashley Renee (vocals), Coya Jones (vocals), Jimmy DeLisi (guitar), Frank J. Edmondson III (vocals), Lisa Larkin (vocals), Patrick McKenzie (trumpet), Calvin Jones (vocals), Monica Cox (vocals), Ryan Redden (saxophone), Jeff Stoddard (bass guitar), Jimmy Blount Jr. (trombone), choreography by Desmond Boone, Colin Gatti, and Malita Smith (dressers). The extraordinary costumes were designed by Debra Bokelbreg of the Cirque du Soleil family. 


Gatti said, “Decades Rewind was created to transport our audiences back to the days of the best memories of their life. Guests always tell us that they remembered their first dance, their first kiss, their first love, during our shows. Music is so powerful and it’s really amazing to see how people are moved throughout our show.” 


When you come to a Decades Rewind show, you have to bring your dancing shoes!


With over 100 costume changes and 10 medleys featuring 60 songs, Decades Rewind is an unparalleled, interactive multimedia musical experience that will have you jumping out of your seat and singing along. This IS the story of your life.


Tickets for Decades Rewind go on sale Monday, April 16, at 10 am at, through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm at the box office located in The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor. Ticket discounts are available for Mainstage Series and Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series members, seniors, students and children, active military members, and veterans.


Groups of 10 or more receive ticket discounts when orders are placed through The Mendel Center Box Office or online. Contact the box office about reserving private pre- and post-show party areas and transform your show experience into a class reunion, birthday party, or other celebration.


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About The Mendel Center Mainstage
The 1,559-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre offers state-of-the-art acoustics and comfortable seating in elegant surroundings. Amenities include free parking, handicap accessibility, and an array of special services including valet parking, catering and bar service for private pre- and post-show events, booster seats for children, assistive listening devices, non-spill cups for beverages inside the theatre, and premium seats in the Stage Side section.


The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.


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