“Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles”, came to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for four performance this past weekend, treating audiences to a magical musical tour of the Beatles songbook, beginning with their historic 1964 live appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, all the way down the long an winding road of their career, to the their final legendary ‘Let It Be’ concert on the rooftop of their London Apple recording studios.
Along the way, the tour took in the Beatles record-breaking 1966 Shea Stadium concert in New York city. 55,000 screaming fans on multimedia screens surrounding the stage joined the audience for recreations of such classics as ‘Day Tripper’ and ‘Ticket to Ride’. Additional stops included a visit with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band, the psychedelic era of Revolver and final years of ‘Abbey Road’ and ‘Let it Be’.
Songs on the set list included:
‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’
‘All My Loving’
‘I Saw Her Standing There’
‘Hard Day’s Night’
‘I’m Happy Just to Dance with You’
‘We Can Work It Out’
‘Mother Nature’s Son’
‘I am the Walrus’
Throughout the evening, multimedia screens showed film clips of historical events that not only influenced the Beatles during their recording careers, but also of historical events and songs that were directly influenced by the music the Beatles created. It would be impossible to overstate the influence the boys from Liverpool had on the music of their generation, and on every generation since. One particularly poignant moment was the audience rising to sing along with ‘John Lennon’s’ performance of ‘Give Peace A Chance”.
The evening concluded with a wonderful rendition of ‘Hey Jude’, complete with the enthusiastic support of the audience’s voices from the opening verse through the final notes of the song.
Jonah Parzen-Johnson at Lilypad
Jonah Parzen-Johnson has an innate ability to make the baritone sax sound like bagpipes, and maybe that’s why I cried.
Mostly I cried because Jonah tells radiant stories with his saxophone and analog synth, working the brass and pedals to recreate the framework which surrounds his album Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow: Parzen-Johnson wanted to make “something of myself that’s for everybody else.”
Jonah opened his set with “Stay There, I’ll Come to You,” showcasing the harmony between synth and sax right off the bat. With haunting lilts, the two combined into a ribbon of melody, pulsating inside the ear as well as the heart. Much like the song’s title, Jonah was the one approaching the audience as an experimental troubadour of tête-à-tête.
The back stories and thoughts behind each song tied in so well with the raw, almost throaty sax, developing such strong, emotional resonance with the musical layers. The skeleton shook.
Speedy Ortiz “riiiiise above and gliiiiiide away” at The Sinclair
The Sinclair was a packed house Wednesday night for the Speedy Ortiz CD release party; as a hometown gig for the Northampton, MA-based band, kinetic warmth buzzed through friends and fans alike as Sadie Dupuis and crew played their freshly-release Foil Deer track-by-track.
What’s a party without some guests, though? That’s where Krill and Mitski come in.
Krill kicked off the night with some tracks from A Distant Fist Unclenching, other goods from Lucky Leaves. Lead singer/bassist Jonah Furman brought to mind early (read: good) Billy Corgan, which I’m not sure he will appreciate. But I think he’ll appreciate this: I couldn’t stop laughing because then I kept thinking about Marilyn Manson telling Billy Corgan that he looked like Charlie Brown.
Opening with “Theme from Krill,” the Boston trio has a knack for rhythm and melody that burrows into your brain. The dreamy bleakness of “Purity of Heart.” The discordant garage rock and hiccupping guitar and warbly Scooter-ness of “Foot.” Krill’s sound is a good, comfy noise that keeps you wiggling and all that good stuff. Be sure to catch the band at Boston Calling.
Years & Years at Royale Boston
During winter storm Juno, UK electro pop group Years & Years were forced to cancel the first show of their two-night stint in New York City back in January. After the snow finally melted, they made the rounds again this past March, playing several shows in California, South by Southwest before finally landing in Boston.
Due to popular demand, the show was moved from The Sinclair to the Royale in downtown’s Theater District.
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