FOUR GUYS and a LADY, ALL FROM DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE EACH WITH OVER 20 YEARS PLAYING MUSIC CAME TOGETHER TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME, THE BEATLES, AS WELL AS MANY SONGS THEY WROTE AND GAVE TO OTHER BANDS, THEIR "FRIENDS" WHO ENDED UP RECORDING THOSE SONGS TO BECOME FAMOUS ARTISTS AS WELL, THUS THE NAME, "BEATOGETHER WITH FRIENDS".
As Sir Paul McCartney said, "in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you MAKE."
"BeaTogether with Friends", (BtWF) is a brand new show review concept that not only plays the music live including all the vocal harmonies, but the show includes the back stories of the songs performed. Again, this is "NOT" just another Beatles tribute band. BtWF do not wear wigs, dress, act, or look anything like the Beatles in any way. The focus is on the music and the remarkable stories behind the Beatles and their "Friends", who also loved their music, which is as relevant today as back then.
BtWF perform live many songs even the Beatles could not perform outside Abbey Road Studios then, but thanks to new technologies, BtWF is able to deliver to the audience live on stage those amazing sounds of the Beatles, virtually impossible for even the Beatles to produce live on stage back then. Thus all the music, instrumentation and vocals are all done live by "Beatogether" for their friends in the audience.
BtWF also perform songs of many of the "FRIENDS" of the Beatles, bands who were influenced, inspired, and even recorded songs written by the Beatles. The Beatles even gave songs to some of their “friends”, and BtWF tells the story why and perform each song live as the original artists did all those years ago.
"FRIENDS" of the Beatles included the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Byrds, Peter and Gordon, Dylan, Badfinger and many others, each influenced, inspired, and benefited from the Beatles great songwriting skills.
For example, the Rolling Stones in the early 60’s were struggling to get a record deal because they were doing mostly cover songs and R&B, popular but not mainstream and commercial enough for the record companies back then. So John Lennon wrote a song, “I Wanna Be Your Man” and gave it to Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones. The rest is history. THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS DO.
Another example is when Paul wrote the song, “World Without Love” at 16 years old and gave it to his "friend" Peter Asher, who formed a band called 'Peter and Gordon', and that song put them on the map in the 60's. It just so happened that Paul was dating Peter's sister, Jane Asher. Again the rest is history.
Then George Harrison produced the band "Badfinger" after the Beatles broke up and Paul wrote another song and gave it to them, “Come and Get It”, to help them in an effort to produce a hit record. There are many back stories like this on how they treated their friends. These are but a few of the kinds of things BtWF share with the audience.
In this way, BtWF adds an element to their show, they call, “Info-tainment”, to engage the audience to allow them to follow along learning a little more about the Beatles and their "friends".
In addition, the show has videos of the time period when the Beatles and their Friends lived and performed.
The show opens with two outstanding songs from the Beatles #1 Album, Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band, with "Sgt. Pepper" going right into "With a Little Help From My Friends", then right into "Nowhere Man", all to share their musical diversity and vocal harmonies of the "BtWF" band. After the intro, BtWF alternates between a Beatles song and a "Friend" of the Beatles song, the other bands, all the while sharing the back stories of each song.
The legend of the Beatles and the influence they have had on their "Friends" then, continues to the present. This is a show for both youths and adults alike to enjoy together with friends and neighbors.
"Beatogether with Friends" invites you to join them on a musical history tour down memory lane to discover and rediscover aspects of the music and character of the Beatles often overlooked.
"The Journey begins with one step" - go to ENZO's Restaurant to purchase your tickets.
THE BeaTogether With Friends - BAND:
GEORGE - Rhythm guitars/bass/ lead & harmony vocals:
30+ years performing with and producing Beatles tribute bands in the character of John Lennon from coast to coast. He has performed with Pete Best, the original drummer for the Beatles, Tony Sheridan who performed with the Beatles in Hamburg, Germany, and Billy J Kramer, while performing at a Beatles tribute festival in California in 2004. George produced a "Return to Shea Stadium" show in that same year, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Beatles arrival in America under the name of Fab40. Click on the picture above, george, to see him performing with his "Friends" with Fab40 back then.
DONNIE - Keyboard/ bass/guitars/ lead and harmony vocals:
30+ years performing with members of such recording artists as .38 Special, Mother’s Finest, Blackfoot, The Georgia Satellites, Roger McGuinn, of the Byrds, and many others, playing everything from Beatles to Kenny Rogers on piano and guitars. Don is a multifaceted multi-instrumental musician, sound engineer/producer both on and off stage with a repertoire of over 1000 songs to perform upon request. Click on Don's picture above to see him perform "Pink Floyd" all by himself.
CASEY - Lead guitar/rhythm/lead and harmony vocals:
The youngest member of the BtWF band, but with over 20 years experience playing and performing as lead guitarist with several recording artists such as Katie Perry for many years as well as performed with recording artist Steve Perry, Journey's lead singer. Casey's guitar skills and his passion for the music of the Beatles makes him a perfect fit to accentuate the wide array of Beatles and non-Beatles songs he performs flawlessly with "Beatogether" live on stage. Click on Casey's picture above to see him performing with his "friends" here in Atlanta. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1SXRykGOzY)
KARL - Drums & vocals:
30+ years perfomring and co-producing bands like The Carolina Blue Dots, Playlist, and many other groups, including performing with the famous James Brown, who called Karl "bigfoot". Karl too has a vast repertoire of hundreds of songs he's performed. Videos of Karl forthcoming.
KELLYE - Rhythm guitars/bass/drums/ lead & harmony vocals:
Kellye is no stranger to the music industry. She was born and raised in Mississippi and was brought up in a musical home. Kellye started touring solo all over the United States at age 15 recording her first Gospel CD that charted in the top 10, to then record 5 more CD's with one becoming her hit single "Anything" shooting to #1. At the end of the year, her song "Anything" was #2 for the year end countdown on the Gospel music charts. Being apart of Huff Recording Studios in Mississippi, she spent countless years engineering, conducting and producing vocal artists.
THESE ARE SEASONED PROFESSIONALS WITH A DEEP PASSION FOR THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES.