Area bands saying yeah, yeah, yeah to music of The Beatles at Blind Pig tribute show Saturday
“We have some straight-up rock and roll bands on the bill, we have a hip-hop artist on the bill, we have some moody folk indie people on the bill,” said Alejandra O’Leary, one of the event organizers as well as a musical participant. “You can invite a broad range of artists to interpret these songs, its’ a natural fit. Every album, every era, every facial hair is fair game. “It’s a good mix of Beatle-y bands and non-Beatle-y bands, I think,” she added.
Longtime local favorites George Bedard & The Kingpins will perform a special mid-show set of music from bands that influenced The Beatles. He’ll be followed by nearly a dozen others who will delve into the Fab Four’s formidable catalog.Also performing will be Back Forty (folk-rock), The Finer Things (young Ann Arbor pop trio), Hullabaloo (horn-based Latin jazz and swing band), Alejandra O’Leary Rock ‘n’ Roll Band (pop-rock), Spencer Michaud (singer-songwriter and guitarist), Wolfie Complex (bluegrass), Match to Match (dark indie-folk), Doug Mains & the City Folk (Lansing folk band with cello and strings), David Nefesh (Detroit pop-rock) and Greatest Hits (pop band that often covers The Beatles).
“My band—three-fifths of us are hardcore unredeemable Beatles geeks, so it just seemed natural for us,” said O’Leary. “But, obviously, everybody loves The Beatles and they have so many songs and so many different styles that you can get bands from all different genres to jump on board and find something to interpret from their catalog that works for them.”
She said that that covering a Beatles tune is more than just playing the song.
“There’s something really magical about those songs, and one of the challenges for the bands is to actually find Beatles songs they can really own with their sound. It’s very difficult to interpret their songs just the way (The Beatles) did them. Only really great (bands) can do that.
photo by Jeffrey Smith
To help get in the spirit of the event, organizers are offering half-price admission for fans named Sadie, Rita, Pam, Michelle, and Prudence (ID required), and half-price admission for fans age 64 and up (ID required).
“We’ll see if there’s anyone named Prudence in Ann Arbor,” O’Leary said.
“What we really want at the end of the day is for people to come out to see one band they know and discover other bands that they didn’t know about,” she added. “We’re hoping it goes well and we pack the house so it will happen every year.”