NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - Beatlemania is coming to Nacogdoches on Friday, Jan. 29, as the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts presents Liverpool Legends, the "Ultimate Beatles Tribute Show," at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium as part of its 2009-2010 University Series.
Composed of four musicians and actors who were hand-picked by Louise Harrison-sister of the late George Harrison-Liverpool Legends performs songs spanning the entire career of The Beatles and on through the solo years.
"With precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments and special effects, the group will make you feel like you're watching the real thing!" said John W. Goodall, associate dean of the SFA College of Fine Arts.
Commenting on the group's authenticity, Louise Harrison said, "Liverpool Legends are the very best four guys to portray the Beatles since the only four guys to play the Beatles were John, Paul, George and Ringo!"
The band features Kevin Mantegna as John Lennon, Bob Beahon as Paul McCartney, Marty Scott as George Harrison and Greg George as Ringo Starr.
The musicians/actors have toured the world, playing in historic venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Cavern Club in Liverpool, recording at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London and performing with Denny Laine (co-founder of Wings with Paul McCartney), Pete Best (the original Beatles drummer) and the Boston Pops.
They appeared on The Travel Channel's "Beatlemania Britain" and headlined "International Beatles Week" in Liverpool where 100,000 Beatles fans jammed Victoria Street to hear them in concert.
Headlining their own production in Branson since 2006, Liverpool Legends has been voted Best New Show, Best Band and Best Show in Branson. In this, the band's fourth season, the group received the prestigious Branson's Visitor Choice Award for Best Show in Branson for 2009.
Visit www.liverpoollegends.com to learn more about the group and to hear samples of their music.
Prior to the Nacogdoches performance, Dr. Richard Berry, SFA provost and professor of music, will give an informative talk on the Beatles' music at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery, located across the hall from Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Dr.
Tickets for the performance range from $17.50 to $35, with discounts available for seniors, students and youth. For tickets or more information, please visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
The event is sponsored in part by BancorpSouth of Nacogdoches.