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‘Revolver’ album salute packs house
Tuesday, 04 June 2019 11:28

From Staff Reports

The Asheville Music School’s annual benefit show, featuring a performance of every song on the Beatles 1966 album “Revolver” (spanning four hours), drew a full house on May 2 at Isis Music Hall in West Asheville.

The show was the seventh annual Sound Effects concert to benefit AMS. The school’s teaching artists, along with advanced students and special guests, such as Justin Ray (trumpeter in Michael Bublé’s band), formed the all-star band to perform the album that many music critics and fans regard as The Beatles’ best, with songs including “Taxman,” “Eleanor Rigby,” and the groundbreaking “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

Sound Effects musical director Ryan Reardon noted that “the Beatles were getting less interested in performing live, and more interested in exploring the possibilities of using the recording studio as a musical instrument.” The “Revolver” album was released at the “height of Beatlemania, around the time of (Beatles’ singer-guitarist John) Lennon’s famous ‘more popular than Jesus’ quote.”

Reardon said. “It’s exciting not only to re-create this innovative music in a live setting, but also to share these historic moments in music with our students.”

All proceeds from the event will benefit Asheville Music School’s operations, mission, and programs, particularly the school’s growing outreach and scholarship programs, according to a press release.

 The May 2 event also featured AMS Outreach ensembles, including AMS rock band Minør and pop band Vinyl Crossroads. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of silent auction and raffle items donated by area businesses, including a Theremini by Moog Music.



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