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The Shabby Road Orchestra Performs Sgt. Pepper's

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Friday, March 15, 2019
7 pm Doors // 8 pm Music
$18 Advance // $22 Door

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The Beatles' landmark 1967 album performed in its entirety!

There are few albums as beloved or influential as the Beatles' 1967 masterpiece, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The band reached its creative peak with the album, utilizing strings, horns, sound effects, animal sounds, and even a calliope. Though the album contains some of the band’s most memorable compositions, it was extremely challenging and was rarely performed live.

The Shabby Road Orchestra
In 2017 an ensemble of Twin Cities club musicians, from original rock bands including the Honeydogs, Six Mile Grove, Greazy Meal, and the New Standards holiday show, took on this one-of-a-kind project in honor of the 50th anniversary of this legendary Beatles album. Since that first performance, The Shabby Road Orchestra has stunned audiences with sold-out performances of numerous iconic Beatles releases.

The Shabby Road Orchestra includes some of Minnesota's best musicians: vocalist Joe Carey, percussionist Ken Chastain (Beat The Clock, Greazy Meal), frontman John Eller (The Shiny Lights), bassist John Fields, Dave Foley, frontman Adam Levy (The Honeydogs), Andy Nelson, vocalist Brandon Sampson (Six Mile Grove), John Sievers, Paul Scott, music arranger Tom Scott, harpist Phala Tracy, Peter J. Sands, and on strings, Jacqueline Ultan and The Laurels String Quartet.

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (from www.thebeatles.com):
Released on 1st June, 1967, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the band's eighth album became the soundtrack to the "summer of love" but its appeal is timeless.

Work had begun on the recording in late 1966 and at one stage it was thought that both Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever would also be included but when these were released as a single in February, that idea was abandoned.

Revolver had only just been completed in time prior to the band flying off on yet another tour. Now that touring was behind them more time could be spent writing and recording. Between November 1966 and April, 1967, they spent over 400 hours in the studio - a far cry from the Please Please Me days.

Of course the music was more complex and now that touring was over, there was no need to consider what could be reproduced in front of a live audience.

In the studio The Beatles encouraged George Martin to achieve "the impossible" and in turn, George and the engineers would find innovative ways of realising this despite still using only four-track equipment.

For the fourth time in the UK, no single was lifted from the album and this also held true in the US. The album was also not banded, encouraging the listener to play it all the way through, pausing only to turn the disc over.

Not only was the music different, exciting and colourful so too was the way it was delivered. The glossy double wallet featured the guys in their Pepper uniforms surrounded by images of people they either admired or were interested in whilst on the back of the sleeve there were the lyrics to all the songs. Inside each side of the wallet were other surprises, a card featuring various cut-outs and in the initial pressings at least, the paper inner sleeve bore a psychedelic design.

In the Britain the album hit number #1 and between June, 1967 and February, 1968 spent a total of 27 weeks at the top during an initial chart run of 148 weeks. All of this, in spite of a BBC ban on "A Day In The Life".

In the US, the album was released in exactly same way as in Britain... well almost. The high-pitched tone and the garbled speech embedded in the UK run-out groove did not appear on the American release. The album enjoyed a fifteen week stay at the top of the US Top 200 albums during its initial chart run of 88 weeks.