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On This Date in 1986, The Hooters Play at Martz Hall

hooters concert pottsville september 8 1986

On this date – September 8 – in 1986, the hit 80s band Hooters played to a packed house at Martz Hall in Pottsville.

Thousands of locals were in attendance.

It was actually the second concert Hooters played in Pottsville in less than a year. The band performed there on Nov. 7, 1985 as well.

Hooters Concert at Martz Hall in Pottsville – September 8, 1986

It could be one of the last major entertainment events held at Pottsville’s famed arena. Back in 2004, Martz Hall did play host to a rally for the re-election campaign of George W. Bush. Vice President Dick Cheney drew a capacity crowd for that event.

But it definitely wasn’t Hooters live in concert!

Most people know Hooters because of their hit song And We Danced. But they couldn’t play that song for the whole concert.

Hooters – Pottsville Concert Set List

Thanks to, we know exactly what Hooters played during their stop in Pottsville.

  • Blood From a Stone
  • All You Zombies
  • South Ferry Road
  • Hanging on a Heartbeat
  • Day by Day
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding (Brinsley Schwarz cover)
  • Where Do the Children Go
  • And We Danced

If you want to relive that moment, you can check out the playlist we created on YouTube featuring all the songs Hooters played in Pottsville that night.

Were you at this concert?

Tell us your memories of this night in Pottsville in the Comments section below.

Buy or Listen to Hooters Albums

You can listen to or buy Hooters albums through the years at Amazon or with Amazon Music Unlimited. Click or tap here for more.


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  1. Anon E. Mouse

    September 8, 2020 at 2:21 am

    You may have the playlist right but you have the year wrong: It was 1985, not ’86.

  2. mike naydock

    September 8, 2020 at 8:51 am

    it was 1985….a few days after they played st. joe’s gym in Hazleton….also a fine show.

  3. Anon E. Mouse

    September 8, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Reading Eagle is incorrect. The concert at Martz Hall took place in the fall of ’85.

    • Canary Commenter

      September 8, 2020 at 1:14 pm

      The article says Hooters played two concerts in Pottsville. Judging by the article, it sounds like they were in the building for the show. Plus, there is that set list from the website. Maybe your memory is escaping you? It happens.

  4. Anon E. Mouse

    September 8, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    We’re both right. The Eagle article does say that the singer recalled playing in Pottsvile last November which would have been in 1985. I did not realize they played in a second time in ’86.

    • Canary Commenter

      September 9, 2020 at 12:30 am

      Everyone gets a trophy!

  5. Clinton E Seaman

    January 22, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    The first concert was in 1985. The Outfield opened for them.

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