‘Yesterday: A Tribute to the Beatles” At Macey On Friday

SOCORRO, N.M. September 22, 2011 – Return to the happy and carefree days of your youth with an evening-long tribute to the Beatles, when the Performing Arts Series kicks off its new season with “Yesterday” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center in Socorro.

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  "Yesterday" will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Macey Center.

Before the concert, Tech Club-Club Macey holds a social on the Macey Center patio from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with British fish and chips appetizers. The club presents a social hour for people 21 and over. There is a $5 cover charge if you are not a member of the club.

The Las Vegas, Nev.-based Yesterday has entertained audiences across the globe since 1986 with their rendition of the Fab Four, the mop-topped group that forever changed the face of pop music in America when they hit her shores in 1964.

That was the beginning of the British Invasion, which kick-started a meteoric explosion in youth trends, from fashion to music, culminating in the Summer of Love in 1969, from Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco to Woodstock in upstate New York.

Relive it all when “Yesterday” takes the stage, complete with Beatle boots and skinny trousers from their early days, Nehru jackets and military-styled accessories from the Sergeant Pepper era, and the mustachioed musicians of the band’s final years together.

Feel those days again by coming in costume in either of two categories: British Invasion or Psychedelic. At intermission you can join the parade of costumes, which will be ranked by a panel of judges and the audience, with fun prizes.  There will also be room for dancing.

“Yesterday” has performed with many of today’s most renowned symphonies in their pops series. The group provides charts for a 50-piece orchestra with scores for such Beatles classics as “Something,” “A Day in the Life,” “Penny Lane” and “Sergeant Pepper.”

“The group’s authentic costumes, musical instruments and songs sung in their original key make ‘Yesterday's’ performance spot-on in every way,” said Ronna Kalish, PAS director. “The music of the Beatles is timeless. I have friends who grew up, as I did, in the Sixties whose grandchildren love their music, and sing along with the tunes.”

“Yesterday” brings to bear 25 years of performance history and impeccable credentials, Kalish added.

They’ve toured Japan seven times, dozens more in Canada, played in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Bahamas, Australia and United States military bases throughout the world.

“The group has even played the historic Cavern Club in the United Kingdom, where the Beatles first performed together in the early 1960s,” Kalish said. “George Harrison was still a teen-ager in those days when the group was still forging an identity.”

In addition to performing at world-class hotels and casinos internationally, “Yesterday” is the resident Beatles show band for “Legends In Concert,” the world’s longest-running tribute show at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

“They even performed at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.,” said Kalish.

Among the musicians who’ve shared the stage with the band are Chris Montez, Al Wilson, Tommy James, Davey Jones, Johnny Rivers, Bobby Vee, Gary Lewis, Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), America, Chicago, Lovin’ Spoonful, the Moody Blue and the Byrds.

“This is a show sure to bring back wonderful memories,” Kalish said. “All you need is love.”

Tickets for “Yesterday” are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens 65 and over, and $8 for youths 17 and under. Tickets and season subscriptions are available for those living out of town by calling 575-835-5688 or in Socorro, at the Cashier’s Offic, Brownbilt Shoes, Burrito Tyme Drive-up or at the door. Full-time students can get free tickets at the bookstore or at the door.

The concert is the Betty Clark Memorial event. Other sponsors are the New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, Socorro Insurance Mart, Inc., the N.M. Tech Student Association and Holiday Inn Express.

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By Valerie Kimble/New Mexico Tech