Beatles cover band, The Fab Four, created summer evening magic for all ages at the Yucaipa Performing Arts Center Saturday night. The evening kicked off when Paul Toomey, Yucaipa director of community development, thanked the crowd for attending the first paid outdoor concert at YPAC and recognized Megan Wolfe, Yucaipa community services director and staff for organizing a great event. The outdoor concert was fenced off with both general admission and VIP seating with food, refreshments.
The crowd eagerly waited for The Fab Four to perform after Jeff Dehart, an Ed Sullivan impersonator, warmed up the audience with jokes and various impersonations before introducing The Fab Four. The audience clapped and cheered when The Fab Four took the stage in classic Beatles period costumes and hairstyles. The Beatles were brought to life throughout the nostalgic evening as fans danced and sang to Beatles classic songs such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Hey Jude,” “Revolution,” and many more. During the concert, The Fab Four encouraged the audience to stand and dance to “Twist and Shout” and later fans danced in a Congo lines through the venue.
The Fab Four is a California based tribute band paying homage to The Beatles. The group was founded in 1997 by Ron McNeil – John Lennon impersonator and President of the Fab Four Corp. The group began performing Beatles music throughout Southern California. They have brought the music of The Beatles to many places worldwide, including Japan, Malaysia, France, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Mexico and Brazil. The Fab Four covers nearly the entire Beatles songbook and solo material.
At the concert Saturday night, Beatles fans expressed how the Beatles affect music today and many generations.
“The Beatles were so magnificent for their time. They set the tone for what we see today with all the music. There was never a band like the Beatles, and we will never see anything like them in the future,” said Yucaipa resident, Mark Miller.
“Probably the greatest band ever. A lot of other bands out there were inspired by the Beatles. I was actually born in England, that is the kind of music we listened to,” said Yucaipa resident Karl Nicholson.
“I have seen the Fab Four four previous times. They always put on a great show. It’s good music, very entertaining. It is like you are watching The Beatles,” said Jorge Castro, of Lake Arrowhead.
“We have attended eight Fab Four shows. My favorite Beatle is John Lennon and Paul McCartney is a close second between the two. I named my son after John Lennon’s son Julian. The music has influenced me in a way that I am passionate about passing on Beatles music to the next generation. I am helping my sons actually learn how to play piano and guitar,” said Robb Gutierrez, a Palm Springs resident.
For more information on upcoming performances, special events and community check out the YPAC website at yucaipaperformingarts.org.