If you are a Beatles fan, Seattle is the place to be in the coming week. There will be three—yes three---Beatles tribute bands rocking this music-loving town with great shows from January 25-February 3. In order of date, they are: (update: a 4th event has been added for British Export)
January 25 - Crème Tangerine recreates the Beatles’ famous rooftop show tomorrow at noon, at Pike Place Market. This is a free show.
January 30-February 3: Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles will do seven shows at the Moore Theater in Seattle, with matinees and evening shows on both Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices range from $27-$55.
We will be attending an intimate media event with Rain on the 31st at the Edgewater in Seattle. Stay tuned for our report! Rain will do a short Q&A with press and acoustic set.
About the bands:
Can't decide which to go see? You can really see all three bands, given all the choices of dates. Here is a run-down of the bands' profiles and history:
Crème Tangerine is a favorite local five-piece band that has entertained Seattle with its rooftop anniversary shows for five straight years. They also are known to do shows featuring entire albums, such as the Beatles’ White Album.
British Export is another local favorite band, originally from Chicago. They have performed many times at Tulalip Casino, the Edgewater Hotel where the Beatles stayed, and more. Jim Martin, frontman who plays Ringo Starr, once fooled DJ Bob Rivers on the air into thinking he was actually Ringo, his accent was that good.
Rain: The Tribute is a well-known international act that has its roots in the original Beatlemania and another recent run on Broadway. Rain performs the full range of the Beatles’ music from the earliest days with Ed Sullivan, to Sgt. Pepper, to Abbey Road, complete with costuming from each era and incredible spot-on looks, mannerisms and vocals. The members of Rain are well-known to Seattle natives going back to the 80s. They did a 40th anniversary re-enactment of the Beatles landing in America in 2004 that drew thousands.
1964: The Tribute has also been well-known nationally for many years and has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York eleven times. They stick to the early Beatles with a no-frills stage set, dressed in the Ed Sullivan era suits. The show is an accurate re-creation of a live Beatles concert, including songs, voices, instruments, suits, haircuts, down to the Beatle Boots. If this is your favorite era, you will be entertained by a show that completely focuses on Beatles songs from 1964-66. (Read our recent review here)