Explore the music of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr with Back to the Garden performing “The Beatles: Alone/Together” at 8 p.m. Friday, May 25 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road.
Returning to the PCPA, Back to the Garden presents another unique tribute show to music favorites, this time focused on the music of The Beatles and their post-Beatles solo work. The band has previously performed a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tribute, “Sounds of Laurel Canyon” and “Woodstock: the Concert” at the PCPA.
Comprised of Sharon Whyte, “Cactus” Jim Soldi, Marc “Twang” Intravaia, Rick Nash and Larry Grano, the band started in the early 2000s as back-up to San Diego musician Eve Selis. When Selis took time off performing in 2006 to have a baby, the group broke off to perform as a side project, said Intravaia.
Though it performs musical tributes, Back to the Garden is not a “tribute band,” said Soldi. “We don’t dress like them or try to sound like the artist. We just want to celebrate their music.”
Intravaia said the band’s concerts morphed from the members’ views on playing cover songs. “We thought that if we were playing covers, we’d only play music we really loved,” he said.
Soldi said for its Beatles show, the group worked to find what songs the members liked, as well as iconic Beatles and solo songs. The members then whittled the selection down to the songs they felt would “hit it out of the park” for the audience.
“The hardest part was figuring out what not to play,” Intravaia said.
In addition to Back to the Garden, the show will include performances from special guests Eve Selis, Leonard Patton and Michael Tiernan. It will also feature the Back to the Garden Orchestra, which includes Michael Leroy Peed on keyboard, John Rekevics on saxophone and flute, Kevin Esposito on trombone, Tripp Sprague on saxophone and flute, Rachel Allen on trumpet, Chris Vitas on violin, Randy Brinton on violin, Steve Ball on viola and Lorie Kirkell on cello.
The final special guest will be Robert Hughes of KPRI, who will emcee the show, providing story and history during the show. “(Hughes is) the most wonderful emcee,” said Soldi. “We used him in our last show. I believe people will love him.”
In addition to music and spoken word, the show will also have a video component, playing rare footage that pertains to the era and the music.
Whyte said the band’s goal with the show is for people to leave feeling like they were there again, or for those not around during the time, feel like what it would have been like then.
Tickets for the show range from $23 to $60 and are available at the box office (Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), by calling 858-748-0505 or online at powaycenter.com. Senior, student, military and youth discounts are available.
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