Pat’s Weekly Diary: Week of 7/20 – 7/22
Once again our work week actually started early as we conducted our final Beatle rehearsal on Tuesday. We tried to run through everything. We played Thursday night to a packed house at the Treasure Chest in Kenner. Friday as well was just a fantastic night at Speckled T’s in Slidell. We want to thank all of you that came out. Saturday of course was the 2017 Beatlefest at the House of Blues. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this in the past few years. The date of the Beatlefest always turns into a very long affair. Frank and our crew (we never actually know who’s working with Frank until we show up. This night it was Brian) will get to the House of Blues in the early afternoon. Sound check is scheduled for 3. Now we never do sound checks (or I should say rarely) except for Beatlefest. And they never go as planned. And never go on time. So I showed up for the 3 o’clock sound check at about 3:45. And still had to sit and wait. But sound check did end with enough time to get back home to relax before going back down to the French Quarter for our 10 o’clock start time. It was another fantastic packed house for the show. I don’t know how many people the House of Blues holds but it couldn’t have held too many more.
Chuck Credo opened the show doing an acoustic set with Jimmy Robinson on guitar Jimmy Mesa on bass and Cory Walters on drums.
We came on and tried to tackle Sgt. Pepper right off the bat. Let me tell you…it’s not an easy task. I felt like my head was going to explode. It’s certainly not like playing… uhhh… ‘Twist and Shout’… you know what I mean? As usual Chuck Credo played with us the entire time. Jim Lockwood and Ron Keller assisted with lead and background vocals during the entire night as well.
We started out doing the opening…
Sgt. Pepper –
Rob sang ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’
Jim did ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’
Buzzy sang ‘Getting Better’
Scott Schmidt came on to sing ‘Fixing a Hole’
Jim sang ‘She’s Leaving Home’ accompanied by David covering all the string parts on his keyboard. And it’s here that I’d really like to take the time to acknowledge our fantastic keyboard player David Gamble. David does such a fantastic job of recreating all the different sounds… strings, horns, drums, voices on his keyboard. Not only for this particular show but night after night. Maybe I’m wrong but I don’t think people realize the work that David puts in at home to make all the different sounds that he produces. (Alright that’s enough of complementing David.)
Chuck sang ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite’ and brought on jugglers just to distract me.
Jimmy Robinson came back to do ‘Within You Without You’. Like Chuck said “It’s quite the unique song and we couldn’t find an Indian orchestra.”
Christopher Johnson played clarinet on ‘When I’m 64’ sung by Buzzy.
JimmyTriay and Lost in the 60’s did a beautiful job harmonizing on ‘Lovely Rita’
Will Langford (Buzzy’s son) played bass on ‘Good Morning Good Morning’. (I couldn’t play and read the words and sing at the same time. Yea I was cheating reading the words. And still I screwed it up. As I said it’s not like playing ‘Twist and Shout’.) And again… David… with the animal noises.
After the ‘Sgt. Pepper Reprise’ Ron Keller sang ‘ A Day in the Life”
“Whew!!! Made it through that.” Alright now let’s move on to plain old rock n roll and some songs we actually know…
Christian Serpas sang and played guitar on some Beatles ‘Ringo country’ songs
The legendary Deacon John sang beautifully and played a very old guitar.
Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. sang and performed as he usually does. And just like last year he dove off the stage. Unlike last year when it came as a surprise and no one caught him (God that was funny)… this year he informed the crowd ahead of time and they were ready for him.
And I think that’s everybody. If I failed to mention someone please forgive me. I’ve got this “Na na na na na na na na” thing stuck in my head. Because of course by the end of the night… ‘Hey Jude’… and a cast of thousands. It’s carved in stone… “If you are going to do any type of Beatle tribute you must end the night with ‘Hey Jude’. And you must have as many people on stage as you have in the audience. Actually I think it’s the 11th Commandment. As usual we have to thank Chuck Credo for taking this bull by the horns and organizing this whole event. Also as usual Jim Lockwood for helping out with the vocals. And this year a special thanks to Ron Keller for assisting with the vocals as well. Thanks everybody. We hope to see you soon.
Na na na na na na na…na na na na… HeyJude. Na na na na na na na … (somebody please make it stop)