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The music of the Beatles will bring back old memories and make new ones when the Abbey Road Band performs at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, at the Neville Center for the Performing Arts, 5th and Bailey.

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In the last concert of the North Platte Concert Association’s 2012-2013 series, this premier Beatles tribute band will bring its authentic re-creation of the Beatles’ sound to North Platte.

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Headquartered in Rapid City, SD, the Abbey Road Band is well known through the Dakotas, having performed for many events, including a fourth of July celebration at Mount Rushmore National Memorial for an estimated crowd of 30,000.

The Abbey Road Band is a group of four veteran musicians who are passionate Beatles fans. Back in the 60’s, when the “Fab 4” first hit the scene, they all were playing Beatles songs in their own towns, in their own local rock groups.

In 2001 they formed the Abbey Road Band so people could hear a live performance of Beatles music. They decided that the most fitting tribute to the Beatles would be to concentrate on the music and the sound, without using wigs and costumes in an attempt to look like the Beatles.

The challenge of performing Beatles music live, especially from the later albums, is met through the use of synthesizers and digital drums. Every part is live.

They believe it is very important to involve the audience. The Abbey Road band has fun playing the music and they hope that the audience will enjoy it as much as they do.

The musicians are Monte Madison (Paul), Fred Gondzar (John), Don Lerdal (George), and Tony Johnson (Ringo). They will play more than 60 Beatles songs.

Admission to the concert is with current membership in the North Platte Concert Association or with a new membership for the 2013-2014 series.

Memberships are available from the secretary of the North Platte Concert Association, Pat Hoban, 1412 West 4th St., North Platte, NE 69101 Phone: (308) 534-4699. If purchased before June 1, memberships are $45 for adults and $90 for families. The price of student tickets is $15. Special patron memberships are also available.

Memberships will also be sold at the Abbey Road band concert on Tuesday, April 30, at the Neville Center.

Season membership in the North Platte Concert Association allows reciprocity with Cozad, Kearney, McCook, Holdrege, and Grand Island concert associations.

Memberships are available from the secretary of the North Platte Concert Association, Pat Hoban, 1412 West 4th St., North Platte, NE 69101 or you can call her at (308) 534-4699. If purchased before June 1, memberships are $45 for adults and $90 for families.

The price of student tickets is $15. Special patron memberships are also available.

Memberships will also be sold at the Abbey Road band concert on April 30 at the Neville Center.

Season membership in the North Platte Concert Association allows members to attend community concerts in Cozad, Kearney, McCook, Holdrege, and Grand Island at no additional charge.


Upcoming season

In 2013-2014, the North Platte Concert Association will sponsor a wide variety of musicians ranging from a classical pianist, the Sons of the Pioneers, the sounds of the Big Band era, the music of ABBA, and a performance by John Davidson.

On Sunday, Oct. 13, the first concert will feature The Lightning Bugs, who will take their audience back to the days of big bands and famous musicians like Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Nat King Cole, and the Mills Brothers.

Other concerts:

• Monday, Dec. 2 – Ann Chang, an active piano performer, who was recently appointed as Artistic Director of the Lied Center for the Performing Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska.

• Friday, Feb. 28 — Sons of the Pioneers, whose music has celebrated the landscape, people, culture, and legends of the American West.

• Tuesday, March 18 — Tribute to ABBA, an exciting and dynamic concert that features the great music of the Swedish pop super-group ABBA.

• Monday, May 29 — John Davidson, a star of stage, film, television, nightclubs and recording, who has performed for 50 years.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/16/2013
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