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The full Beatles experience

December 13, 2012
By ZACH KUKKONEN - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - With only two of the four Beatles still alive, fans of their music can get as close to an authentic Beatles experience as possible at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with BritBeat - A Tribute to the Beatles at the Calumet Theatre.

BritBeat is one of the premier Beatles tribute bands, as they recreate everything from the music to the look to the mannerisms and accents. They play the show in three acts to travel through the entire Beatles catalog.

"The first act looks like the mop top Beatles from the Ed Sullivan Show," said Jay Maki, a Calumet Theatre board member. "The second act would be Sergeant Pepper's, and the third act is more along the lines of Abbey Road."

BritBeat has made an art of imitation while giving the show its own feel.

"We've really developed the show into something we really feel is a little bit different from the other groups," said bassist Chris Getsla in a press release. "There's elements of the show we've added in that other bands haven't."

Among those elements are multimedia presentations playing videos from the specific time frames BritBeat is traveling through. Another atypical element is a fifth instrumentalist that travels with BritBeat that plays the orchestral instruments, brass and piano, similar to Billy Preston's role with the band.

"The horns and orchestration were pretty heavy late in The Beatles," Maki said. "So they play that full sound."

Audiences will hear many of the hits, from "Love Me Do" to "Let It Be," but may also hear a deep cut or two.

"We also like to satisfy the hunger for the Beatle die-hards," Getsla said. "Occasionally we'll bring out a B-side, something like 'Every Little Thing' off of 'Rubber Soul' or 'I've Just Seen A Face.'

Tickets are available by phone or by visiting the Calumet Theatre Box Office. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and two-and-a-half hours before showtime. For more information, call the Calumet Theatre Box office at 337-2610 or check the web pages at and on Facebook.



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