#TBT in Full Effect with Howard Jones

Throwback Thursday will be in full effect May 14th, as Mezzanine welcomes back 80’s synth-pop pioneer Howard Jones for a night of vintage beats, endless hits, and a guaranteed keytar sighting. While some may be unfamiliar with the name Howard Jones itself, there’s a good chance that you have tapped your toes along to one of his 40 hit singles at some point in your life.

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Howard Jones had humble beginnings, playing the piano at the ripe age of seven in Southampton. As a teen, he moved to Canada and joined a prog-rock band called Warrior, but eventually returned back to the UK to attend the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Shortly after he began his solo act, consisting of him, a drum machine, and an actual mime artist, Jed Holie. From here he snagged a BBC Radio 1 session, which lead him to support new wave bands like China Crisis and OMD on tour, and signed to renowned Warner Music departments in UK and US.

His first single, “New Song” was an instant classic, peaking at number three on UK charts, and the rest is history. His next single “What is Love” climbed to number two, and his debut album Human Lib reached the coveted number one spot. While fans were flourishing in his home country, the US was a little slower to hop on the Jones train, until the release of his second album Dream Into Action, which went platinum in the US, and boasted über hits “Things Can Only Get Better” and “No One is To Blame”.

After his departure from Warner, Jones carried on with his solo work releasing a handful of independent albums for his global fan base as well as serving on various boards such as the Featured Artists Coalition, and acting as the director of The Glorious Life Chorus. Now, Howard is unveiling his new project “ENGAGE,” a creative concept, “conceived as a highly interactive live experience designed to immerse audiences in an audio visual feast.”

So come check out Howard Jones at Mezzanine Thursday May 14th for a show packed with timeless hits, as well as some new tunes to ENGAGE you into his future sounds.

– Tess Patel