A Cuppa Joe with The Fab Four

Sal Gomez
February 26, 2014 • 544 views

A fantastic evening of wall to wall music took place this Saturday night February 22, 2014 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, as the acoustic classic rock flavorings of the band CuppaJoe hit the stage to open for the evenings headlining band, The Fab Four.
Opening the evening’s double header was the band CuppaJoe. Born out of the coffee house scene in Los Angeles, “CuppaJoe” decided early on to explore non-conformist acoustic music. While the bands song list leans heavily on late 60′s classics and ‘lost gems,’ it forays into contemporary music as well. Not content to strum and sing usual fare accustomed to acoustic bands, the trio (sometimes quartet) treads into covers by such artists as The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Green Day, Emerson Lake and Palmer, The Decemberists and The Beatles among others. CuppaJoe’s song list is interesting and divergent, selecting material that is beloved, but not over played. The band consists of vocalist and bassist, Michelle Tyler (also from the acclaimed tribute band, Bella Donna), guitarist and vocalist Bob Weitz (Bella Donna) and Jim Kane on guitar and vocals.  The band featured precise harmony and lead vocals and outstanding guitar work. CuppaJoe has performed since 2004, playing Wineries, Coffee houses, Festivals and Fairs.
The evening’s headliner was the incomparable and some say ultimate Beatles tribute band, The Fab Four. Los Angeles seems to have a special connection to the lore of Beatles-dom and the Fab Four legacy seems no different. Founded in Los Angeles in 1997 by Ron McNeil the current band consists of McNeil as John Lennon, Gavin Pring as George Harrison(the only true Liverpudlian), Ardy Sarraf as Paul McCartney, and Erik Fidel as Ringo Starr. These talented musicians bring the Beatles musical catalog alive with every performance. From small festivals to large theaters and arenas the Fab Four consistently brings the magic and music of those iconic Liverpool natives to life in both music and words. And it’s the in-between banter between these gentlemen that is integral in raising the authenticity of their live stage shows above the rest.
If you have never experienced a Beatles tribute act before you really should drop your inhibitions and see the Fab Four. The Beatles had that special magic and charm and coupled with their talent as singers and songwriters there may never be anyone else like them ever. Ron, Gavin, Ardy and Erik bring a loving and faithful tribute to The Beatles with every performance. If you were too young to see or experience The Beatles themselves, then The Fab Four is as close as you will ever get.

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