Nudge the new year into high gear with a blast of Beatlemania from Abbey Road Live! Friday at The Visulite Theatre in Charlotte. It’s been a few decades since The Beatles blew up the music world in the mid 1960s, so we’ve all had plenty of time to swear ardent allegiance to the Fab Four. So, covering the music of The Beatles live is an act of daring, not to be undertaken by the faint of heart nor the untalented.
Enter the band Abbey Road Live!, who undertake the task willingly and with unique dedication. What began as a tribute to the 11th Beatles’ album by four lads from Athens Ga. – Tim Conley, guitar/vocals; Dave Domizi, bass/vocals; Andrew Hanmer, drums/vocals and Michael Wegner, keyboards/guitar/clarinet/vocals – eventually widened to include clever covers of more than 100 Beatles’ tunes including album presentations of “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Rubber Soul,” “Revolver,” and “Sgt. Pepper.”
While renderings of the originals are dedicated and authentic do not expect Abbey Road to be a “mop top” reenactment group.
Remember that The Beatles live/touring days ended in 1966 and they never performed much of their most iconic music live. Undertaking such a task requires talent, skills, as well as ingenuity. Or, in Wegner’s words: “Sometimes we have to ‘interpret’ the music, to make it work live. This band (ARL) is less about recreating every last audio nuance as we are about bringing the music to life.”
Still the look and feel as well as the “cheeky” spirit of the famed Liverpudlians lives on before crowds of all ages happily singing along thanks to ARL. But mostly it is an opportunity to be captivated once more by the powerful music of Paul, Ringo, George and John.
“A splendid time is guaranteed for all” with Abbey Road Live! at The Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. Call 704-358-9200 for more details or check visulite.com. For more information on the music, go to abbeyroadlive.com.
Friday: Dan Vitco at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; The Oneppo Brothers Band at John’s Place, Fort Mill; Benefit for Wendy with Nefarious, Tattermask, Withstand, Ultralush at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Rye Rye, Eryn Woods, D. Woods, Lakeview Drive at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Shannon Lee at D’Vine Wine, Charlotte; Andy T, Nick Nixon Band at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Kenny Floyd at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Pow Wow at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Junction 161 at Smokey Joe’s Café, Charlotte; Maddie Shuler, Sean Trainor at the Evening Muse, Charlotte; One Legged Rooster at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Plato’s Stepchildren at the Milestone, Charlotte.
Saturday: PJ Brunson at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; The Oneppo Brothers Duo at Wings University, Rock Hill; Analog Daze, Fifty Watt Freight Train, Deep Sky at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Bobby Blake Monroe and The Has Beens, Bless These Sounds Under the City, more at the Milestone, Charlotte; Raimee, Avalon Steel, Luna’s Lament, Camori at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Jam for Jim-Occasional Gentlemen and Friends at The Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; Jem Crossland and The Hypertonics, Elsa Cross at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Buchanan Boys at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Paleface, Time Sawyer at Evening Muse, Charlotte; The Woodgrains, Leigh Glass and The Hazards at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Whatever Brains, Meat Group, Human Pippi, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Jay Z-Magna Carter World Tour at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte.
Sunday: Winter Jam Tour (Christian Music Spectacular) with Newsboys, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, Plumb, more at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte; The Bloodworth Project, Atom’s Tone, Milestones, Shadow of Myself at the Milestone, Charlotte.
Monday: Open Mic with Weatherman at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; Open Mic with Three Piece Bucket at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte.
Tuesday: Country Tuesday with Alex Culbreath and the Dead Country Stars, Alison Self at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Bill Hanna Jazz Jam at Double Door Inn, Charlotte.
Wednesday: The Dizzy Bangers, JD and The Smoking Guns at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Dixie Moon at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Back to Back, K9 Unity, Joint Damage at the Milestone, Charlotte; Tosco House Party at the Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Thursday: Run Engine, Tail Light Rebellion, The Kyle Perkins Band at the Milestone, Charlotte; Shiprocketed at Snug Harbor, Charlotte.
“And that was all she wrote.”
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