When it comes to recreating the fun and excitement of the most popular band in music history, The WannaBeatles more than live up to their name.
The band features a two-time Grammy award winner, a sideman for Al Jarreau, The Pointer Sisters and Billy Vera, a successful songwriting Berklee grad, and a music arranging minister from Miami who have “Come Together” to play the music they love.
Strangely enough, the career of The WannaBeatles parallels that of their mentors. Like The Beatles, whose career began at an underground Liverpool venue called The Cavern Club, The WannaBeatles got their start playing at a Mexican restaurant in Nashville where “Beatles and Fajitas” were the chosen fare. For Dennis Scott, Bryan Cumming, Jim Hayden, and David Toledo it was love at the first note!
Entertaining at Nashville hot spots proved to be a springboard for higher profile shows which included appearances with such renowned artists as Wynonna Judd, Phil Keaggy, and Jonny Lang. Their performances at The Tennessee Performing Arts Center, The Music City Bowl, and The Fab Four Festival, as well as countless festivals and clubs, have earned them enthusiastic reviews and standing ovations.
Not content to be just another tribute band, The WannaBeatles have produced ground breaking concerts including a rooftop concert on a downtown Nashville building to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Beatles final concert together made popular in the film, “Let it Be.”
Instead of wigs and noses, The WannaBeatles rely upon humor, showmanship, and specially arranged material to strike a resonant chord with their audiences. It also allows them the freedom to share historical facts, trivia, and interesting stories behind the songs.
And while some other Beatles bands use “hidden” musicians offstage, these Fab contenders use their multi-instrumental skills to re-create all eras of the Beatles song catalogue. Says Dennis Scott, the group’s founder, “We literally tie ourselves into pretzels to reproduce songs that The Beatles themselves never performed live.”
“When Bryan plays the famous piccolo trumpet solo from “Penny Lane” on his soprano sax, it’s like watching a tightrope walker. “The audience is on the edge of their seats wondering will he make it?” says Jim Hayden.
And maybe that’s what makes The WannaBeatles special. It’s a team effort that lovingly allows the audience to share in their journey to be the best Beatle band they can be.
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