MT. VERNON — —
There's really no way of overstating it — The Beatle Brothers rocked the house at the Granada Theater last Friday night.
The venerable structure has been the focal point recently for regular music and movie events, with The Beatle Brothers being the latest.
I thought that by getting there by 6 p.m. I'd avoid the crowd showing up at the last minute. Wrong, should have come earlier to do that, because the line was already halfway down the block.
Inside, the seats were quickly filling, as old friends found time to remember when. Even the walls were lined with music fans of all ages, as two and even three generations of the same family had turned out for what was truly an event.
After a classic late start, the band took the stage as the crowd began to pay attention.
Then Scotty “Freezeman” Qualk, Jake Schofield, Brent Hahn and that rascal Del Herbert regaled the audience with their renditions of early Beatle classics as “Tell Me Why” and “Hard Days Night,” and lesser-heard album cuts like “And Your Bird Can Sing” and “If I Needed Someone.”
The crowd, estimated to be as many as 350, was treated to a halftime show when the band took a break.
Herbert stayed on stage to play guitar as Rindi Phillips sang a few George Harrison originals and her version of the classic, “Don't Bring Me Down.”
The return of the full band brought such tunes as “Day Tripper,” “Rock 'n Roll Music,” “Tax Man” and “I've Got A Feeling.”
The Beatles Brothers final performance was their version of “Twist and Shout.”
Overall, I thought the band stayed true to their intentions and performed each tune with a vigor only duplicated by the original U.S. invaders.
In the few days since, I have been repeatedly asked, “Will they do it again?” My answer, as it always is with anything that involves Herbert was, “Possibly. Always expect the unexpected.”
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(Jack Clark is the host of "MUSICALLY SPEAKING," a local internet-radio program heard at: musicallyspeaking.mvn.net