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SOLD OUT // The Shabby Road Orchestra performs The Beatles' Abbey Road


Friday, September 27, 2019
7:00 pm Doors // 8:00 pm Music
$20 Advance // $25 At the door — On-sale Friday, August 9
All ages

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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of this iconic album, the acclaimed Minneapolis collective The Shabby Road Orchestra presents a live performance of The Beatles' 1969 release, Abbey Road.

September 26, 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' final recording, Abbey Road. A delirious 17-song collage of immortal and enduring songwriting and studio rock production, the album reunited the band with producer George Martin and with each other -- repairing the wounds of the difficult Let It Be sessions (which was recorded prior to Abbey Road but was tied up in post-production and ultimately became The Beatles' final release) -- and concluded with a spontaneous rooftop concert with keyboardist Billy Preston for lunch-hour pedestrians in central London. Abbey Road includes pop masterpieces (“Something”), show music (“Octopus's Garden," "Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”), soul (“Oh! Darling”), 8 minutes of the searing Delta blues (“I Want You/“She’s So Heavy’), and concludes with an 8-song, 15-minute medley that is the defining conclusion to the band’s remarkable career. Abbey Road has sold 7 million copies in the U.S. and 31 million copies worldwide, and is known song-by-song to every fan of the rock catalog.

To mark this important musical anniversary, The Shabby Road Orchestra will perform Abbey Road in its entirety from start to finish, along with little-heard other B-sides from 1969 (“The Ballad of John & Yoko,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” “Old Brown Shoe." The band will then return with a second set of deep cuts and standouts from the 1967 and 1968 albums Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour and The White Album.


The Shabby Road Orchestra

The Shabby Road Orchestra is an orchestrated, 12-piece, ad-hoc Minneapolis rock collective, first organized in 2017 and dedicated to intermittent shows recreating the iconic Beatles studio years albums note-for-note with original instruments and sound effects on the year of their 50th anniversary. The show is a celebration of the music, first and last, with no accents, wigs or impersonations.
Previous sold-out performances include 18- and 31-piece performances of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour in 2017 and 2019, and 15-piece performances of The White Album in 2018 and 2019.

Performers include:

  • Adam Levy (The Honeydogs; vocals and guitars)

  • John Eller (organizer of the annual First Avenue David Bowie tribute; vocal, piano, guitars)

  • Brandon Sampson (Six Mile Grove; vocals and guitars)

  • Joe Carey (vocals and guitars)

  • Ken Chastain (music engineer, percussionist for The New Standards and Semisonic; vocals and percussion)

  • John Fields (producer, Greazy Meal; bass)

  • Tom Scott (composer, musical director, keyboards and percussion)

  • Paul Scott (keyboards)

  • Dave Foley (woodwinds, horns)

  • Andy Nelson (woodwinds)

  • Jacqueline Ultan (cello)

  • John Sievers (horns)

  • Michelle Kinney (cello)

  • Accent Brass Quintet

  • Laurels String Quartet

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