Archive for Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Goo goo g’joob:’ Fab Four tribute band De Soto Days entertainment highlight

August 26, 2009

The Beatles captivated the world, and Liverpool: A tribute to the Beatles has been bringing the band's music to life for more than 15 years.

Gary Butler and his three band mates will emulate the Fab Four during this year’s De Soto Days Festival on Sept. 5.

The group doesn’t just perform one era of the Beatles, they embrace everything from Beatle mania to the psychedelic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club era, complete with costumes.

The tribute band began more than 15 years ago when three members decided to dress up like the original Beatles for Halloween.

“We enjoyed the music,” said Butler, who takes on the role of drummer Ringo Starr. “So we decided to play Beatles music that night and it went over exceptionally well. Then we thought ‘what if we did this and not any other kind of music?’”

The only thing missing was a fourth band member. The group asked a friend from another band if he’d be interested in joining the tribute.

From there the members of the band ironed out costumes and play lists for shows.

“We studied at least a year in my basement watching videos of the performances to learn mannerisms,” Butler said.

The band, comprised of Larry Kips as John Lennon, Scott Duncan as Paul McCartney, Steve Davis as George Harrison and Butler, takes the stage at many local and national events, Butler said.

“The band has been privileged to perform for clients that fly us out to California, Florida and Michigan,” he said. “So the band performs everywhere and for many events, corporate or small events.”

Still, the band is careful to balance performances with each member’s schedule, Butler said.

While this is the first time Liverpool has performed for De Soto Days, the band annually attends the Summer Concert series in Olathe’s Frontier Park.

The band takes the Riverfest Park stage from 9 p.m. to midnight.

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