Emmy Award-winning Beatles tribute band The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute will be bringing their world-class stage show to Wichita’s Orpheum Theatre at 8:00 pm on Saturday, November 3, 2018. It’s a not-to-be-missed show that will surprise, delight, and reignite Beatlemania for loyal Beatle fans throughout the Wichita area.
The Fab Four are a troupe of charismatic performers and multi-talented musicians who offer audiences a highly polished professional stage production spanning all the eras of the Beatles’ music — from their early Ed Sullivan and Shea Stadium days through their Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road eras and beyond. But, they don’t simply offer impeccable musicianship, fine acting, and powerful vocals that sound uncannily like the originals. They also spark that Beatles Magic that transports their audiences right back to the 1960s.
Based in the Los Angeles area, The Fab Four have toured extensively since their founding in 1997 — performing at hundreds of venues throughout the U.S. and in countries across the globe, including Japan, Malaysia, France, Hong Kong, The United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Mexico, and Brazil — where they’ve skillfully recreated the Beatles’ music multiple thousands of times, yet always with the same freshness and excitement.
What makes The Fab Four unique among Beatles tribute bands is the not-so-simple fact that the four band members play all their own music live. This is just one more factor that gives their performances an energy and immediacy that backing tracks and sequencers can’t. Considering the complexity of the Beatles’ later work and the fact that it was never intended to be performed live, what The Fab Four do onstage is phenomenal. Without a "fifth Beatle" anywhere in sight to make their job easier, these four highly accomplished musicians recreate all the sounds of an incredibly diverse catalog of Beatles and post-Beatles tunes 100-percent live and in real time — and their technical precision, musical artistry, and onstage chemistry make every concert a stunning performance!
As their almost boundless energy keeps the band members moving around the stage practically non-stop throughout the show, The Fab Four also systematically move through the different Beatles eras, changing costumes between sets to represent the early Beatlemania years, the Sgt. Pepper/psychedelic era, and the Abbey Road and post-Beatles period. The lads typically change costumes twice, for a total of three period-perfect looks: the identical black chesterfield suits worn by the original lads during their Ed Sullivan Show debut, the colorful Sgt. Pepper uniforms and regalia worn by the Beatles during their psychedelic era, and the totally unique clothing styles that marked the later Beatles and post-Beatles years. Many shows also include a Shea Stadium set, marked by the tan safari-style jackets, black trousers, and Wells Fargo badges the Beatles made famous when they changed performance history by playing the first stadium concert ever.
Periodically, this versatile band also offers select audiences special themed shows, such as their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary show, presented last year, and their Yellow Submarine 50th Anniversary concert presented earlier this year. These shows feature costumes representative of each album’s era and typically include performances of the entire album the show is commemorating, in addition to a selection of other classic Beatles tunes. Select shows also feature the 21-piece "Fab Fourchestra," conducted by Wendell Kelly, backing the band and adding even greater latitude for creativity to these special performances.
The Fab Four are truly The Ultimate Tribute to The Beatles — a band that is widely known for its impeccable attention to detail and one whose dynamic stage presence unfailingly captures their audiences’ imaginations and commands their rapt attention every time! These same characteristics have also gained the group many accolades and awards from industry professionals, including an Emmy and four Telly awards for their 2012 PBS special, The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute.
About the long-standing popularity of the Beatles’ music, Fab Four founder and "John Lennon," Ron McNeil, has this to say: "The music reflects the time, and at the same time transcends that time, as well. The themes are about love and peace, and I think as long as people are looking for love and peace in the world, that music will still be relevant."
And as long as that music remains relevant, The Fab Four will continue performing it here, there, and everywhere, while maintaining their well-earned reputation as "The Ultimate Tribute to The Beatles."
But, don’t take our word for it. Come out and see for yourself: However, please note: Because they are a West Coast band, based in L.A., The Fab Four don’t make it out to Kansas very often. So, don’t miss your chance to see their electrifying performance — one night only — at Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway, Ste. 330, Wichita, KS, on Saturday, November 3rd at 8:00 pm! Get your tickets while they last: http://wichitaorpheum.com/events/the-fab-four/. Need further info? Call the Orpheum Box Office at 316-263-0884 or e-mail Orpheum@wichitaorpheum.com. Learn more about the band by visiting their website at http://TheFabFour.com.
Photo by Cassie Rietsch
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