[Note: It is 12:00am on May 21st, and I have closed out the giveaway contest. A winner was chosen using the random number generator at random.org. Congratulations, Amanda Kozlowski!]
When I was a kid, I had a music teacher who was a hardcore Beatles fan. He taught us everything he new about the music and history of Beatles. Learning about the evolution of their work and their world views, and listening to their timeless music made me wish I had been born at a time when I could have witnessed Beatlemania firsthand. So I was thrilled when a family friend (another huge Beatles fan) offered to take me and a friend to see Beatlemania on Broadway. It allowed me to pretend that I was back in the 1960s witnessing an intimate concert by the Fab Four.
And when I was asked if I would be willing to spread the word about a DC appearance by The Fab Faux this weekend, I was eager to learn more about them. I found out that the group is comprised of seasoned musicians who are dedicated to “faithfully recreating some of the most extraordinary music ever written.” As they explained in an interview for NPR, they are a “’Beatles records’ tribute band” in that they don’t try to look or act like the originals, but rather work on accurately recreating the Beatles’ later studio pieces.
The members of Fab Faux are: Will Lee of Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Vivino, formerly of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Rich Pagano, who has performed with Rosanne Cash and Ray Davies, Jack Petruzzelli, who has toured and recorded with Joan Osborne, Patti Smith and Rufus Wainwright, and Frank Agnello, who has worked with Phoebe Snow and Marshall Crenshaw.
Over the past decade of performing together, the group has amassed an impressive resume: they celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a sold-out concert at Radio City Music Hall; and in 2007, they commemorated the 43rd Anniversary of The Beatles’ performance on The Ed Sullivan Show with an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman (which films in the Ed Sullivan Theatre).
For the fourth year in a row, The Fab Faux will appear in Washington, D.C. at The George Washington University Lisner Auditorium. They will be joined by Crème Tangerine Strings and Hogshead Horns. The concert will be held at on Saturday, May 22, 8:00pm.
A marketing firm for the Fab Faux has offered a free pair tickets to the show for my readers. To enter, just leave one comment on this post with your name and an email address where I can easily contact you (I suggest that you use [at] instead @ to protect your mailbox from spammers). The deadline to enter is 11:59pm EST on Thursday, May 20th. A winner will be chosen by random number generator, and will be announced on Friday, May 21st. The winner can claim his/her tickets at will call.
For more information on the concert, please visit the Lisner Auditorium website. Tickets can be purchased at Tickemaster or by calling 202-397 SEAT. And to learn more about the Fab Faux, I suggest you check out their very groovy website.