By Jesse Bertel
Transport back to a time of mop tops and vocal harmony-based Rock ‘n’ Roll for a weekend of musical hits from the Beach Boys and Beatles. Experience Glenn Henry’s popular tribute shows, “Catch A Wave,” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, and “Paperback Writer,” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, at the Elks Theatre, 117 E. Gurley St., Prescott.
Fun, Sun and Surf set the backdrop for this re-creation of the 1960’s Beach Boys with “Catch A Wave.” The bands members are singer/bassist Glenn A. Henry as Brian Wilson, singer/rhythm guitarist Johnathan Eastly as Al Jardine, singer/lead guitarist Richard Gibson as Carl Wilson and singer/drummer Richard Smith as Dennis Wilson.
“When I do the Beach Boys show, I walk away saying, ‘Wow, we executed four- and five-part harmony vocals over instruments,’ which is not easy to do,” Henry said. “The vocals in that show are so fun. It’s just so cool to do because they’re going all over the place.”
This Beach Boys tribute show is authentic right vdown to the white instruments and vintage Fender blond amplifiers for the unique California harmonic surf-pop sound that has become so recognizable around the world.
This act was personally selected to perform for Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys, their families and friends for the California Beach Boys state landmark dedication in 2005.
The Beatles experience, “Paperback Writer,” features the hits from the Ed Sullivan Show through the colorful Sgt. Pepper’s years and on to the rooftops of ‘Let It Be,’ performed with vocal, look and sound accuracy.
The same band members from the Beach Boys Tribute show are performing with a costume change in the middle to represent different eras of The Beatles, with Henry as Paul McCartney, Gibson as George Harrison, Smith as Ringo Star and Eastly as John Lennon.
“We have three people leave the stage and leave John Lennon out there to sing with the audience, the song ‘Hey, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,’ from the ‘Help!’ film,” Henry said. “It’s a great audience moment where everybody can sing. It’s a massive sing-along. While that’s going on, the Paul and John and George are changing into the Sergeant Pepper’s costumes. Then, those three come out and we do ‘Got to Get You Into My Life,’ which is primarily orchestration, and there’s not two guitars needed. So, that facilitates the opportunity for John to exit the stage and change into his Pepper outfit.”
For tickets and more information, call 928-777-1370, or visit prescottelkstheatre.org.
For more information about Catch A Wave, visit catchawaveshow.com.
For more information about Paperback Writer, visit paperbackwritersite.com.
Jesse Bertel is a reporter/videographer for the Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter @ JesseBertel, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.