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Organizers of a Beatles tribute concert are hoping for a sellout crowd for the fourth straight Valentine’s Day weekend.
A performance by the band “Shout” and dinner are scheduled for Saturday, February 11, at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 24900 Brest Road in Taylor.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. The concert and dancing get under way at 8 o’clock.
Downriver’s original Beatles tribute dinner-dance raises funds for the Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry, which feeds Downriver hungry people throughout the year. All proceeds support the food pantry’s mission of "ensuring no one goes hungry" in Taylor and the surrounding communities of Allen Park, Brownstown Township, Dearborn Heights, Romulus, Southgate and Woodhaven.
The dinner-dance menu includes pork chops, stuffed cabbage, chicken, smashed potatoes, vegetables, salad, dessert and coffee. The night will include a cash bar. Donations of non-perishable food will be accepted and appreciated.
Admission is $25 per person. Tables for eight are $200. Tickets can be purchased only in advance by calling Fish & Loaves board member Bryan Cragg at (313) 295-4950 or (313) 460-1053 or Fish & Loaves at (734) 442-0031. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Fish & Loaves was founded in 2008 as a nonprofit organization and has assisted thousands of households and individuals, including children. Distributing about 1.6 million pounds of free food annually at 25670 Northline Road in Taylor, Fish & Loaves is a client-choice food pantry, allowing families and individuals to shop six times per year in a setting organized like a grocery store. This allows for a sense of dignity, higher client satisfaction and less waste.
The Beatles tribute is the fourth annual concert organized by Cragg, who is passionate about raising funds to buy food for needy people.
“This is a great evening with great people for a great cause,” he said. “It’s one of our main fundraisers for Fish & Loaves. While you’re enjoying a night of Beatles music and a fine dinner, you’re also helping your neighbor who isn’t as fortunate.”
“Shout” received rave reviews at last year’s Beatles tribute in Taylor and was invited back by popular demand, Cragg said. In fact, some of the current members of Shout were members of the band Backbeats, which performed in 2014.
“They do a great job,” Cragg said. “Who doesn’t like Beatles music? We’ve been blessed with three sellouts in a row, with ticket sales surpassing 300 each year. We’d like to make this our fourth sellout.”
Shout’s extraordinary performances include songs from the Fab Four’s first U.S. releases such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” “Twist and Shout” and “I Saw Her Standing There,” as well as an ensemble of eclectic tunes such as “Penny Lane,” “Paperback Writer,” “I Am the Walrus” and “Hey Jude.”
Instruments and a certain look add flavor to Shout’s performance. Band members were careful to acquire the correct guitars, amps and drums and use those acquisitions proudly.
Shout also strives for authenticity when it comes to the right clothing, from Cuban-heeled boots to moptop hair. Members even sport tailor-made suits like the Fab Four, including the famous Sgt. Pepper outfits.
Like the first three Beatles tribute concerts benefiting Fish & Loaves, this year’s performance will be have a Valentine’s Day theme.
The dinner-dance is sponsored by UAW Region 1A.. Other sponsorship opportunities are available. A television will be among the items up for raffle.
For more information about Fish & Loaves, visit the www.downriverfishandloaves.org.
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