MUSE/IQUE, known for its inspired, unexpected live music events, deconstructs Beatles music through classical, alt-country, gospel, rock and soul filters when it launches its 2013-14 “Uncorked” series with “Self/Titled: The Beatles, The White Album, The Rose Palace,” featuring “Glee” star Kevin Michael McHale on Monday, October 14, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix Decorating Company’s Rose Palace Warehouse in Pasadena becomes an unusual concert space as musicians and guests perform surrounded by a dozen or so mammoth Rose Parade floats in process.
Artistic director/conductor Rachael Worby curates an evening of Beatles music under MUSE/IQUE’s entertaining “microscope” with such classics as "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da!," "Back in the U.S.S.R.," "Rocky Raccoon," "Blackbird," and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
Joining McHale, who plays wheelchair-bound Artie Abrams in FOX's award winning TV show, on the roster of special guests is the Charlie Greene Band, noted for its soulful swamp pop and alt-country; singers and real-life husband and wife Allison Iraheta, an “American Idol” finalist decreed a “rock star” by the show’s judges, and Matt Hager, a multi-instrumentalist and producer who's worked with such artists as Mandy Moore, the Backstreet Boys and Duran Duran; a string quartet led by MUSE/IQUE Violinist Julie Rogers; electric guitarist Michael Brook; and a sextet from Pasadena’s Selah Gospel Choir, acclaimed for its “emotive and bewitching” performances. A complimentary pre-concert cocktail hour for ticket holders begins at 6:30 pm followed by the 7:30 p.m. concert.
“The Rose Palace's industrial space, with its looming floats-in-progress, and our eclectic group of guest artists casting contemporary light on Beatles’ music perfectly frame MUSE/IQUE’s ‘take’ on the Beatles as we examine the brilliant construction of their songs and the counter-conventional influences that inspired their music towards the later stages of the band’s career,” says Worby.
The Beatle's White Album, hailed by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time, has sold more than 20 million copies since the double record was released in 1968 when the British pop group was at the pinnacle of its global influence.
MUSE/IQUE’s “Uncorked” series is made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.
Tickets are $50 per person. Tickets are also free with MUSE/IQUE membership, which ranges from $125 to $1,000 and includes a variety of special benefits. For tickets and membership information, call 626-539-7085 or visit www.muse-ique.com.
The Rose Palace is located at 835 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena California 91103. Parking is available at the Fillmore Station parking structure at 750 South Raymond Avenue (about 1/2 block away with an entrance on the east side of Raymond Avenue just sound of Fillmore Street).