by Lauren Somers
Tribute band Strawberry Fields will commemorate Montgomery County Community College’s 50th anniversary by bringing the excitement of Beatlemania circa 1964—the year of the Fab Four’s American debut AND the College’s founding—to its Central Campus on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Tickets cost $28. Visit mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518 for tickets and information.
A half-century ago, the first U.S. arrival of four lads from Liverpool changed the course of music history and wielded enormous influence over every aspect of the 1960s and 70s, from fashion and hairstyles to politics and religion. Since most people today missed out on the real Beatles concert experience, this look-alike/sound-alike tribute band offers the next best thing by taking audiences on a Magical Mystery Tour of this unforgettable era.
Beginning with their earliest music and looks complete with mop-top hair, black suits and thin ties, band members will perform favorites from the Beatles’ first four albums—including the psychedelic thrill of “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” featuring all of the costumes shown on the album cover. They will then mimic the real-life evolution of the band as its members transformed politically, creatively and aesthetically, performing more complex and wistful songs from the “White Album,” “Abbey Road” and “Let It Be.”
The Strawberry Fields concert is just one of several events commemorating the College’s 50 years of providing high-quality, accessible educational and community programs. Upcoming anniversary events include the Richard K. Bennett Distinguished Lectureship for Peace and Social Justice on March 3; performances by Ballet Hispanico on March 8, Irish/Scottish music and dance ensemble Road to the Isles on March 15 and political satirists Capitol Steps on April 12; and the Betzwood Silent Film Festival on May 3.
Since the College’s inception, support of the arts has been an integral part of its mission and philosophy. Over the years, its Lively Arts series has offered a global perspective to the community by presenting artists and performances from a multitude of cultures.
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