Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cheers To The British

Americans will be celebrating the Fourth Of July is a little over a week, but it’s never a bad time to remember when we were conquered by the British. Of course, I’m talking about bands. Somewhere in the early to mid-1960s.

The Beatles tribute band American English has a gig each day of the 4th Of July weekend. Two days from now, on June 26th, Phil Angotti, a Chicago-based singer-guitarist, will perform The Who’s Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy LP at Reggie’s Rock Joint on State Street, with help from Chloe F. Orwell and Brad Elvis of The Handcuffs, and musician Charlie Short. On the following night, Angotti moves on to FitzGerald’s in Berwyn, where he, Casey McDonough, Scott Ligon, and Tony Kidnokis will play the entire Hard Day’s Night album by The Beatles.

Tomorrow, June 25th is Global Beatles Day, an online celebration hosted by Faith Cohen that invites people to post messages, photos, memories, and links on the event’s Facebook page. Cohen was on the No Limits radio program on Indianapolis station WFYI90.1 earlier today to promote Global Beatles Day, and she has managed to enlist a number of musicians to participate in her quest. “You are all in a position to spread the word, and share the event,” Cohen tells visitors to the GBD Facebook page. “Maybe you have a lot of followers who pay attention to your music, writing, ideas, art, or personality. The Beatles are a wondeful thing to celebrate. Music makes the world more wonderful than it is, and easier to bear when it’s not”

Happy Global Beatles Day, Faith. And thanks for a great idea.

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