Beatles tribute band invades Los Banos

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comNovember 29, 2013 

It was not John, Paul, George and Ringo, but the tribute band that performed their music allowed the audience to pretend the Beatles invasion was happening all over again.

The Sun Kings performed at the Ted Falasco Arts Center on Saturday to an overflowing crowd of nearly 200.

The group, which bills itself as “a Beatles tribute band the way nature intended” is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band’s first album “Please, Please Me” by performing it in its entirety at every concert this year.

Saturday night’s audience was treated to seemingly ubiquitous Beatles tunes like “Twist and Shout,” “A Hard Day’s Night” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” as well as the band’s lesser-known works.

The crowd’s response to the stroll down “Penny Lane” was to get up and dance.

“We anticipated having a good time; I didn’t anticipate getting up and dancing,” Sally Keck said.

She wasn’t alone as many hopped out of their seats and turned the front and back of the Arts Center into an impromptu dance floor.

Mary Bardmess confessed her admiration for the Beatles’ talent.

“They wrote their own music, they were geniuses,” she said.

The Sun Kings, founded in 2001, take on the role of each member of the group as they hit the stage: Drew Harrison as John Lennon, James Funk as Paul McCartney, Bruce Coe as George Harrison, and Steve Carapelli as Ringo Starr. The band is accompanied by keyboardist Ruben Salis, who serves as a reminder that there once was a fifth Beatle, Stu Sutcliffe.

Organizer Cyndi Roelofs she was pleased with the attendance at the event and how much people seemed to enjoy themselves.

The Sun Kings posted a message on their Facebook page to the people who watched them perform Saturday:

“Wonderful time and audience in Los Banos! Feel like we made a bunch of new friends there. We hope to visit again,” it read.

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