In a year already overflowing with tributes to The Beatles, here’s another worthy entry. If I lived in Los Angeles, I know I would be at the Wilshire Ebell Theater on Saturday, March 1st for Wild Honey Presents: The Beatles’ Revolver & Abbey Road to Benefit the Autism Think Tank and the Children’s Music Fund. The Wild Honey Orchestra is comprised of drummer Jim Laspesa; bassist Derrick Anderson; guitarists Rob Laufer, Rusty Squeezebox, and Andrew Sandoval; keyboards players Darian Sahanaja and Willie Aron; percussionist Nelson Bragg; horn players Probyn Gregory and Sarah Kramer; trumpet player Dan Clucas; sax players Paul Pate and Seung Park; and trombone player Masha Petrowizky. Power pop fans will no doubt recognize some familiar names among those players, and Wild Honey has lined up an impressive collection of guest vocalists to help recreate the two Beatles LPs. You might even call them Broken Hearted Toy all-stars if this blog was involved with the show.
The list includes The Bangles; Jody Stephens of Big Star; Matthew Sweet; Chris Stamey of The dB’s; guitarist Laurence Juber, formerly with Wings; Colin Hay from Men at Work; The Muffs; Evie Sands; Susan Cowsill, who recently completed a CD with Bangle Vicki Peterson as The Psycho Sisters, and Bob Cowsill; Louise Goffin; David Marks from The Beach Boys; Keith Allison; Tim Piper and Cosmo Topper from Just Imagine; Christine Collister; John Wicks from The Records, and a new project he’s working on with Bangle Debbi Peterson; Tommy Keene; Michael Quercio of The Three O’Clock; Steve Barton of Translator; Andrew Sandoval; Mike Viola; John Easdale of Dramarama; Steve Stanley; Bill Berry from R.E.M.; Kristian Hoffman; and Morty Coyle.