It’s Beatles music with a decidedly blues state of mind.
On Sunday, we’ve got a band in Montgomery that’s a mix of the best of both worlds. They’re not the Fab Four. More like the sensational six.
The Blues Beatles are bringing their unique show all the way from Brazil to Capitol Oyster Bar, a Montgomery venue known for a variety of unique blues shows.
“I don’t think they’ve ever been in Alabama before,” said Lewis Mashburn, owner of Capitol Oyster Bar, 617 Shady St.
The show starts at 5 p.m., and there is a $15 cover for guests.
Signed with Intrepid Artists International, the Blues Beatles is a band that was formed almost by accident.
The group is made up of mostly members of an original band called Today: Marcos Viana (lead singer), Flavio Naves (keyboardist), Fred Barley (drummer), Brunco Falcao (bass), Denilson Martins (saxophone). The group’s newest member is guitarist Fred Sunwalk.
According to the band’s official bio, Viana would pick up his acoustic guitar during breaks with Today and start playing Beatles songs, blues style. Soon the rest of the band were adding their own blues twists. From there, the Blues Beatles were officially born in 2013.
Their debut CD “Get Back to The Blues” was recorded in Brazil in 2016, and they released a self-titled album last year.
With songs like “Yesterday,” “Ticket to Ride,” and “You Can’t Do That,” they’ve been racking up millions of video views on Facebook. Their version of “A Hard Days Night” alone has 12 million views there.
Not all Beatles songs fit the Blues style, however, and the Blues Beatles don’t force songs to fit. They just keep the ones that sound natural in blues style.
Their current U.S. tour this month has taken them through New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Missouri. They’ll have made a couple of stops in Tennessee before heading to Montgomery on Sunday.
The Montgomery show almost didn’t happen, since the band is traveling without its backline. “That’s like the drums, the guitar amps and the bass amps,” Mashburn said. “The piano and the piano amp.”
Fortunately, Mashburn has the gear they need, so the show could go on.
“This ought to be a lot of fun,” Mashburn said. “Everyone my age will know all the words to the songs, no matter how they’re playing them.”
For more information, visit capitoloysterbar.com.