Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band to open Wellsboro’s Community Concert Association season

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band to open Wellsboro’s Community Concert Association seasonSgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band. Photo credit: English Bob Photography.

The 72nd season of the Wellsboro Community Concert Association will open on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. with a concert presented by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main St. in Wellsboro. 

On Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m., the band will present a second concert hosted by the Deane Center. “The Saturday night show is for the general public,” said Kevin Connelly, Deane Center executive director. 

Season ticket holders who would prefer to attend on Saturday or non-season ticket holders who want to attend on Friday should call the Deane Center at (570) 724-6220 to see what arrangements can be made. “We try to be as flexible as we can,” Connelly added.

Bands have been covering Beatles tunes for decades, but none like Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band. Imagine the music of the Fab Four shaken up with infusions of bluegrass and jazz and topped off with a classical twist. The result: a satisfying musical cocktail.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band to open Wellsboro’s Community Concert Association season
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band. Photo credit: English Bob Photography.

Sgt. Pepper’s is a collection of four very different musicians creating a new sound from the greatest music ever written by the greatest band ever – The Beatles. The band’s repertoire features new and innovative takes on songs like “Eleanor Rigby”, “Back in the U.S.S.R.”, “Come Together”, “Blackbird” and many more.

“This isn’t your same old Beatles band,” says Dave Walser, founder of the innovative group. A fan of the classic quartet since he first saw them on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, Dave was inspired to create Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band after seeing McCartney’s Back in the U.S. tour in 2002. 

“I thought it would be fun to get some great musicians together and play all acoustic versions of Beatles songs. Each of us adds a little something different to the mix”, he said.

In addition to Walser who plays guitar and sings lead vocals, other Sgt. Pepper’s band members are vocalist Bach Norwood on double bass, vocalist Reginald Rueffer on fiddle and violin; and Gerald Jones on banjo and mandolin.

The Wellsboro Community Concert Association is presenting five other concerts during its 2019-2020 season. Saturday, Nov. 16, American pianist Thomas Pandolfi will play the music of George Gershwin and Marvin Hamlisch with some Scott Joplin thrown in. 

Saturday, Dec. 14, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, one of the top groups on the North American jazz scene, will entrance listeners with a set of Afro-Cuban, booty-shaking world jazz that would have made Dizzy smile. 

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2020, the award-winning duo Robin Bullock and Sue Richards will play both Baroque and traditional Celtic music as they blend the Celtic harp with the resonance of the steel-string guitar, cittern and mandolin. 

Saturday, March 21, 2020, The Revelers, a Grammy nominated six-member band, will perform their brand of Louisiana music, a masterful mix of Western, swing, Cajun, Zydeco, Tex-Mex and swamp rock. 

Saturday, April 4, 2020, The Fitzgeralds – featuring siblings Tom, Kerry and Julie – three-time Canadian Grandmaster Fiddle Champions and Ontario Open Step Dance Champions – will combine high-energy fiddling and mind-blowing step dancing with audience interaction.   

All shows will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main St. in Wellsboro.

To reserve tickets, call (570) 724-6220. Or, arrive at the Deane Center 15 minutes before the performance. All ticket sales at the door are on a first-come, first-served, space available basis.

Information, season subscription forms and tickets are available by visiting the association’s website, www.wellsborocca.org, stopping in at the Deane Center at 104 Main St. in Wellsboro, or by calling (570) 724-6220.

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