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Beatles tribute 2014

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.

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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!

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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.

FIRST APPEARANCE IN EMLENTON:

THE RIVER CITY BRASS

 

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!  With that catchy phrase, Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts (ARCA) will present the internationally acclaimed River City Brass – America’s favorite Brass Band – at its first concert in Emlenton at the Crawford Center on Friday, June 20 at 8:00 PM.

Conductor James Gourlay, acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest brass band conductors, will lead the 28-piece ensemble with a program entitled “Big Band Brass,” sure to please any audience.  Their concert will feature hits made famous by the ‘Rat Pack’ – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. – as well as the beloved big band sounds of Glen Miller, Duke Ellington, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich and many more.

To add to your appetite for this debut event, discounted ticket prices are available for a limited number of seats from May 1 to May 31.

Founded in 1981 by the late Robert Bernat (Conductor and Music Director 1981-1994), the RCB was the first professional concert band to be established in the United States in over 25 years.  Today, the River City Brass performs a 56-concert series in Western Pennsylvania.  In addition, the 28-piece ensemble tours extensively throughout the Unites States with more than 60 performances each year as part of community concert series, major symphony pops series and arts festivals. One local resident became very excited about the Band coming to Emlenton because a friend heard the Band in Portland, Oregon and offered a glowing review of their performance on the West Coast.  For thirty years, the RCB has delighted audiences in the Pittsburgh region, nationally and internationally.  Their most recent international tour took them to Italy in May of 2013.

Mr. Gourlay, a native of Scotland, began his career at the age of 18 as the Principal Tubist of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Zurich Opera.  James also conducted Great Britain’s Grimethorpe Colliery Band, leading one of the most internationally lauded and prominent brass ensembles in the world on a tour throughout the British Isles, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

In its ongoing commitment to education, RCB proudly has maintained an acclaimed youth band and in 2012 inaugurated a ‘Saturday Music’ program for students in grades 5 to 12, partnering with the Pittsburgh Public Schools.  This program has been designed to explore and grow the musical interest and abilities of Pittsburgh’s public school students.

The River City Brass is acclaimed for its signature style of programming.  Every performance features superb soloists and some lighthearted fun!  Often called the “Boston Pops—In Brass,” the band’s extensive repertoire covers a wide range of styles and musical genres.  They are equally expressive and comfortable performing American tunes, Big Band jazz and swing, music from Broadway and Hollywood, classic and contemporary masterworks and—of course—traditional marches, a staple of America’s heritage.  The Band has fifteen recordings of this widely ranging repertoire to its credit, the latest of which are ‘River City Brass 30 Years’ and ‘Christmas Brasstacular.’  Recordings will available to purchase at the concert.

Thanks to the sponsorship of Farmers National Bank, Hovis Truck Service, Hickman Lumber Co. and Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring and The Foxburg Team, family-affordable prices and an early bird discount will be offered for this first-of-a-kind Crawford Center event.

Early bird ticket buyers may take advantage of discounted prices from May 1 to May 31-Adults $15 and Students $5-(credit card/check) by calling the Foxburg Inn at 724-659-3116.

Regular pricing is offered from June 1 through June 20 – Adults $18, Students $8-(credit card/check) by calling the Foxburg Inn at 724-659-3116.  Remaining tickets will be available at the door the night of the performance.  Call now!

 

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first appearance of the Beatles on American soil–an event etched in the minds of those of us old enough to remember those crazed teenagers witnessing the Fab Four leave an airplane in New York City. To mark this anniversary, Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts (ARCA) will present a Beatles tribute performance on Saturday, November 1, in Emlenton’s Crawford Center at 7:00 PM.

Nostalgia will prevail as the likes of John, Paul, George and Ringo take the Crawford Center 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 fun and if you’re of the proper age, you may have to explain to your children how this English band took America and then the world, by storm. Bring Your Dancing Shoes!! Dancing in front of the stage and in the aisles will be encouraged!

Reserve in advance calling 724 659-3153 for pre-sale prices: Adults $15, Students $8. At the door: Adults $20, Students $10

The Beatles Tribute Band concert has an interesting back story that highlights the good people that the Allegheny-Clarion Valley region is fortunate to have. At a time of the Blueprint Communities Initiative for the Emlenton, Foxburg and Parker, the re-paving of Ritchey Run and the re-opening of the Emlenton Hill road – the November 1 Beatles Tribute Concert brings together the contributions of many to benefit the arts in our community.

Emlenton residents are already familiar with Barry Louise, an unsung community leader who gets beneficial things done behind the scenes. Barry recognizes that ARCA, the cultural jewel of the region, affords residents the opportunity to take advantage of a wide variety of high quality musical and artistic presentations at family friendly prices without having to travel to the big cities.

“We are fortunate to have this arts organization do so much for our families and children and I wanted to do something to help them”, he says. “I placed a call to my friend Bill Zalewski, one of the Beatles Tribute band members, and he agreed that this would be a perfect event for the larger community and also agreed for the band to perform as a benefit for this arts organization that needs our support.”

The Beatles Tribute Band, from the greater Pittsburgh region, has been delighting audiences for over ten years. A while ago, they moved their commercial performances to a philanthropic, not-for-profit format and decided to perform benefit events for non-profit organizations that serve children 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 ARCA and its educational initiatives in the region. Band member Bill Zalewski said: “We are pleased that our performance will help this fine organization and its programs of arts enrichment for children, the community and the region.”

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is grateful to Barry Louise and the Beatles Tribute Band for their generosity that will support ARCA’s partnership with the AC Valley Schools. Proceeds of this concert will support other family friendly concerts, including the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra at AC Valley High School Auditorium on November 15 at 4:00 PM and in the Spring, a residency of the Attack Theatre (dance) in the Jr. and Sr. High School on March 24.

Make your plans now to re-capture your youth or give your children a crash course on a group that altered the musical landscape of the world.

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