50th anniversary of British Invasion
Lebanon will celebrate 50 years of The Beatles' music Friday at The Capitol Theatre when the popular tribute band, The WannaBeatles, return to perform their fun, family friendly show at 7 p.m.
The Grammy-nominated group's show will also include a special appearance by members of Lebanon's own Platinum Dance Studios, directed by LaTonya Chastain.
Tonight's special concert coincides with the 1964 American debut of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show and celebrates the music and career of the famed Fab Four. The WannaBeatles, recently dubbed "The Ultimate Beatles Tribute Band" by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee during their appearance on his national TV show, will use their multi-instrumental talents to recreate the sounds and sights associated with the onset of "BeatleMania" and beyond.
"We go where no Beatles band has gone before," bandleader Dennis Scott said. "Comedy, original material and audience participation are key elements to our show."
In keeping with the band's fun-filled nature, those who attend tonight's concert are encouraged to dress up in their favorite 1960s-era threads. The most "groovy" outfit will receive a copy of The WannaBeatles' Grammy-nominated album, "Fab Fan Memories - The Beatles Bond."
The spoken word CD features songs, stories and recollections about The Beatles from both celebrities and everyday fans. The project features narration by George Harrison's older sister, Louise Harrison who accompanied The WannaBeatles to the awards show.
But the story doesn't end there.
On their way to the red carpet, The WannaBeatles launched a campaign to meet Paul McCartney, who was scheduled to receive a special award. Their song, "We Wanna Meet Paul," created a stir and was a hit among YouTube viewers and Beatles fans.
After losing the Grammy to the ever-popular Betty White, the Nashville-based band was inspired to write "Oh Betty! (The Betty White Song)" to help celebrate the actress' 91st birthday. The campy video, featuring The WannaBeatles as a 60s-styled singing quartet and a Betty White look-alike, is also available for viewing on YouTube and on iTunes.
For tonight's show, the Platinum Dance Studio will recreate the dancing styles of the 1960s as well as the excitement when The Beatles first exploded onto the scene. "This is the happiest music in the world," Chastain said. "Our dancers can't wait to be a part of this Beatles celebration."
The WannaBeatles say they hope Lebanon and Wilson County are ready for a "Hard Day's Night" that will bring back fond memories and create new ones.
To learn more about The WannaBeatles, visit www.thewannabeatles.com.
For tickets and additional details about Friday's concert at The Capitol Theatre, visit www.capitoltheatretn.com.