The NowHere Band, aka "The Fab Fifteen," marks the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' "Abbey Road" album by playing it in its entirety.
They'll perform 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 and 8 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E Alberta St.
For more: www.albertarosetheatre.com.
Members of the NowHere Band gather a couple times each year to re-create the experience of The Beatles in a live setting. It's not a tribute act, none of them attempt to be a particular Beatle. In addition to vocals, guitars, keys, bass and drums, there are three strings, five horns and (when necessary) harp, tabla and sitar.
The band has performed the "White Album" each holiday season for the past 11 years, and performed "Sgt. Pepper's" the past two.
It's the brainchild of vocalist/bassist John Averill, who also performs with March Fourth, and keyboardist Carl Tietze. The other core members: Sarah King (vocals), Jason Wells (vocals, guitar), Ryan Moore (drums), Arthur Parker (bass), Chet Lyster (guitar) and David Langenes (guitar). For the "Abbey Road" show, they welcome guitarist Chris Ward.
"Abbey Road" was the last album The Beatles recorded with producer George Martin, and contained iconic songs "Come Together" and "Here Comes the Sun."
"Perfect end-of-career record," Averill says. (The album "Let It Be" was recorded before "Abbey Road," with producer Phil Spector, but released after "Abbey Road"). "It was the highest production value they've done."
Averill and friends love performing Beatles music.
"If there wasn't the The Beatles, I can't imagine what modern popular music would be like," he says. "Not any artist after The Beatles has written as many great songs with high-quality song arrangements. A band nowadays hopes to have one album that everybody remembers" and the Beatles had about 20.
"The songwriting (by Paul McCartney and John Lennon) holds up. They were all great singers and players, and aided by having a genius producer (Martin). It's the quality and quantity that I admire."
The 8th Annual Inner City Blues Festival, which has the motto "Healing the Healthcare Blues," will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge, 7611 N. Exeter Ave.
It'll feature the Norman Sylvester Review with Lenanne Miller and Renato Caranto, and Steve Cheseborough, Richard Arnold Duo, LaRhonda Steele Band, Tevis Hodge Jr. and Timothy James, Bloco Alegria, Shoehorn, Bayou Boyz with Lloyd Jones, and emcees Renee Mitchell, Paul Knauls and Greg and Cherie Johnson.
Led by Sylvester, the event puts the spotlight on health care for musicians, raising funds for Health Care For All Oregon. For more, see the event page on Facebook, and www.hcao.org. Tickets are $25 in advance at www.tickettomato.com.
Coming to venues this week (tickets still available at press time):
• The Lil' Smokies and Michigan Rattlers take the stage at Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St., 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25. Tickets: $20, $24 day of show, www.revolutionhall.com.
• The 1975, along with Pale Waves and No Rome, play Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Tickets: $36-$37, $13 parking, www.rosequarter.com.
• Oregon Repertory Singers wraps up its 45th season with "White Light: The Music of Arvo Part," 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28 at First United Methodist Church, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St. The Estonian-born Part is tabbed the most-performed living composer in the world. Tickets: $20-$40, www.orswhitelight.brownpapertickets.com.
• The Oregon Symphony's "Sci-Fi at the Pops" features the music of "Star Trek," "Star Wars," "E.T.," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "2001: A Space Odyssey" and more, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. Tickets: starting at $23, www.orsymphony.org.
• The Fear No Music ensemble and Young Composers Project, led by Jeff Payne, perform new works at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave. Tickets: $10-$20, www.fearnomusic.org.
• The Oregon Symphonic Band, with guest artist/tubist Marty Erickson from the U.S. Navy Band, performs at the Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Tickets: $20, www.portland5.com.
• Hayes Carll recently released his sixth album, "What It Is." He'll perform at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 30. Tickets: $25, www.aladdin-theater.com. Carll won an Americana Music Association song of the year award for "She Left Me For Jesus" in 2016, as well as a Grammy nomination for best country song for "Chances Are" (by Lee Ann Womack).
• Ariana Grande stops at Moda Center, 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, on her "Sweetener" world tour. Tickets: starting at $137, parking $20, www.rosequarter.com.
Buy your tickets soon ...
• Bryan Adams is coming to the Moda Center on his "Shine a Light" world tour on Thursday, Sept. 19. Tickets have gone on sale at www.LiveNation.com.