Last year marking the 50th anniversary of the first appearance of the Beatles on American soil – an event etched in the minds of Baby Boomers as if it was “Yesterday” – a Beatles Tribute show played to more than 300 people at the Crawford Center, benefitting Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts.
This year, to raise money for the Emlenton Volunteer Fire Department and the Blueprint Community Initiative, the Beatles Tribute Band is returning to Emlenton on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 7:00 PM in the Crawford Center.
Nostalgia will prevail as the likes of John, Paul, George and Ringo return to the stage in Emlenton. Well… not really, but close enough to have you believing that you might be in the audience of the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, when the Beatles made their US television debut.
This will prove to be an affordably priced family night of entertainment and fun and, if you’re of the appropriate age, you just may have to explain to your children how this English band took America, and then the world, by storm.
Tickets are Adults $15 and Students $5 and can be purchased online here or reserved by calling 724-659-3153.
Be sure to Bring Your Dancing Shoes!! Dancing in front of the stage and in the aisles will be encouraged!
The Beatles Tribute Band has an interesting backstory that highlights the good people that the Allegheny-Clarion Valley region is fortunate to have. Emlenton residents are already familiar with Barry Louise, an unsung community leader who gets beneficial things done behind the scenes.
Barry Louise recently said, “We’re grateful to have the Beatles Tribute Band back this year performing their wonderful show to benefit Emlenton’s Volunteer Fire Department and our three communities – Emlenton, Foxburg and Parker – participating in the Blueprint Communities Initiative. I wanted to do something to help them so I placed a call to my friend Bill Zalewski, one of the Beatles Tribute band members. They had a great time last year performing for our audience in the Crawford Center and they wanted to come back. Bill agreed that this would be a perfect event to benefit the larger community.”
Proceeds from the concert will help the Emlenton Volunteer Fire Department and provide the start of a fund to help renovate the sound systems and stage lighting of the Crawford Center, a regional resource with the largest seating capacity.
ABOUT THE BAND
The Beatles Tribute Band, from the greater Pittsburgh region, has been delighting audiences for over ten years. When they saw the opportunity to benefit worthy causes in the community, they moved their commercial performances to a philanthropic, not-for-profit format, performing benefit events for non-profit organizations that serve children and worthy causes in their communities.
Bill Zalewski, a Certified Financial Planner for Merrill Lynch, has a passion for childhood wellness issues. An excellent musician himself, Bill found three other like-minded professionals and formed a band specializing in the music of the Beatles. They strive to limit their performances to helping charities and foundations that serve children’s issues raise money. This group donates their services as entertainers at high-level functions for these causes and are well regarded in these circles in the Pittsburgh region.
For this event, Bill and the band are donating their services in support of this fundraising effort. Bill said: “We are pleased that our performance will help continue the fine services of the fire department. Our show last year proved to us that the Crawford Center is a regional asset deserving of much needed upgrades.” ARCA is promoting and marketing this year’s concert in gratitude to Barry Louise and the Beatles Tribute Band for their generosity last year, supporting ARCA’s 2014-15 arts education program in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools – “The Music That Makes Us Dance” and “Dancing Off the Canvas”.
Make your plans now to re-capture your youth or bring your WHOLE FAMILY and give your children a crash course on a group that altered the musical landscape of the world. Join the fun on Saturday, November 14 in Emlenton’s Crawford Center with the truly wonderful entertainment of the Beatles Tribute band – and help make a difference in the community.