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The Santa Cruz White Album Ensemble


Upcoming Show:

5-20-2017 WAE Acoustic Show!

Friday, December 29, 2017 - tix

50th Anniversary of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour
@ Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz CA

Saturday, December 30, 2017 - tix

"Player's Choice" The White Album Ensemble with special guests the Beggar Kings
@ Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz CA

Friday, December 29th- 50th Anniversary Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour

1967 brought the Earth the #1 most popular album of all time, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, followed in November by Magical Mystery Tour, sharing many of the same sessions, almost like a double album released months apart.

2017 marks 50 years of this extraordinary work of popular art, and few could have reproduced it "live" more times than the legendary White Album Ensemble, who've performed them many times in their 14 years of concerts, performing Beatle albums live that the Beatles never performed, as they ceased touring in 1966 after their Candlestick Park SFO Concert.

Featuring a string quartet and a horn section, featuring in turn members of San Francisco, Oakland, and Santa Cruz Symphonies, the WAE spares no time or detail in their lovingly respectful virtual version of the crown jewel of the ’60s psychedelia! The WAE features veteran musicians who have performed, toured, and recorded with a "who's who" of acts, from The Doobie Brothers, Snail, Moby Grape, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Coco Montoya and many more — drawing from rock, soul, blues, and classical backgrounds. The Magical Mystery Tour will open the show, followed by Sgt Peppers in entirety! As has been our tradition, at intermission, a raffle will be held to win guitars, benefiting Guitars Not Guns, who we've benefited since 2003, an anti-violence, pro arts/youth non-profit.
Tickets are available online here. Also, physical tickets will be available at Streetlight Records in Santa Cruz.

And the next night —

Saturday, December 30th- "Player's Choice"

The White Album Ensemble with special guests the Beggar Kings

Saturday will be a fun night, a virtual "Rolling Stones open for the Beatles" night! While the White Album Ensemble has performed Beatles music that the Beatles never performed, The Beggar Kings are a concert proven act from the same production team as the WAE, performing the "Golden Age" of Rolling Stones music: the 1968-1972 era of lead guitarist Mick Taylor, with a horn section and Billy Preston & Nicky Hopkins on keyboards, plus a female background choir. The Stones are, of course, still touring, but not with that exact formula, however these songs are the ones they keep getting back to… the fan favorites! The Beggar Kings are: vocalist Kevin Krilanovich; guitarists Tom Ayres, and Caleb Larsen; drummer David Tucker; bassist-vocalist Endre Tarczy; keyboards, guitarist, blues harpist Dale Ockerman; the Pleasure Point Horns: Dan Young, John Hensley, and Jim Hannibal; Nasty Habits Choir: Connie Troup and Taylor Krilanovich: and percussionist extraordinaire Jim Greiner!

As both WAE, and BKs have already covered the target albums in their original order, many fans ask that we do something we want to, and the WAE's "Player's Choice" show was one of the best, as the musicians; favorites are particularly inspired. A fabulous string quartet made up of members of SF, Santa Cruz, and Oakland Symphonies, and the Pleasure Point Horns will be on hand to add class sheen and texture! Expect the unexpected, and enjoy songs like "I Am the Walrus," "You Can't Always get What You Want", as well as a BKs offering of some Stones-style Tom Petty songs, honoring the great fallen rocker who left us in 2017.
Tickets are online here and physical tickets will be available at Streetlight records, Santa Cruz.

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