By Lauren Daley
Standard-Times staff writer
February 14, 2008
All you need is love and chocolate on Valentine's Day, but for
Beatles-lovers, the sweetest treat arrives Saturday:
The fifth annual Tribute to George Harrison rocks from 5 p.m. to
12:30 a.m. at White's of Westport.
The tribute features music from the 1960s, focusing on Harrison's
work with The Beatles, The Traveling Wilburys and his solo work.
"We'll also have songs that were written by The Beatles for other
bands, '60s era music anything George Harrison-related," said event
organizer Rachel Lambert of Westport.
She warned that tables fill fast, and some people arrive early to
stake out their spot.
It's fine if you get there around 8 or 9 p.m., but expect standing
room only. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
All proceeds from the event go to the American Cancer Society. The
58-year-old Harrison died Nov. 29, 2001 of lung cancer that had
metastasized to the brain.
"It's a chance to do something good and play some good music," said
Ms. Lambert, who started the tribute after her grandmother died of
cancer, with her friend, co-organizer Shelley D'Elia.
Both women play in Letter B, one of the many Beatles' cover bands
featured throughout the night.
The Tribute will be emceed by radio personality Cha-Chi Loprete, host
of WXLX's "Breakfast with the Beatles" Saturday morning program.
The lineup for the night follows:
Bill & Pam Furney start with acoustic tunes at 5 p.m.
The Psychedelic Relics, billed on the Tribute's MySpace page as "a
rockin' trio... who will take you on a trip back to the 'Summer of Love' "
The British Yankees, a regular feature on WZLX's "Sunday Morning
Blues" with Carter Alan.
The Mockers, from New Hampshire, who cover the obscure and unique
George tracks for the hard-core fans.
Quinn Sullivan & a Day in the Life the 8-year-old guitar virtuoso
and his back-up band.
Letter B, featuring Ms. Lambert on drums, Ms. D'Elia on bass, and
Tony Amaral and Wayne Cabral on guitar.
Octopus's Garden featuring Fairhaven selectman Ron Manzone, Mr.
Cabral, Jay Silva, Stu Powers and Jeff Dalton; they're billed as "New
England's premier sound-alike Beatles cover band."
Louie Leeman & Cheap Sneakers, a local band covering blues, classic
rock and R&B, who are billed as playing "songs that people know and
love, but don't expect to hear."
BeatleTracks, a cover band from Billerica.
Abbey Rhode, a Beatles' cover band from Newport, R.I.
Octopus's Garden will also play the finale.
"Some people are concerned about being there all night without food,
but there is a restaurant on-site at White's (the Galley Grille), so
people can walk over and eat," said Ms. Lambert.
White's will put out a buffet of light fare at 7 p.m.; there will be
a full cash bar all night.
"We'll also have a raffle; we have a really nice 12-string Waterstone
acoustic guitar and other (music) memorabilia to raffle off," Ms. Lambert said.
Harrison (1943-2001), the "Quiet Beatle," was perhaps best known as
the Fab Four's lead guitarist, but went on to solo success after the
band broke up in 1970.
Harrison recorded 11 solo albums, writing largely about spirituality
and transcendence. He immersed himself in Indian music and became a
follower of Hindu religion and Vedic philosophy.
He was the first Beatle to earn a No. 1 single post break-up, with
"My Sweet Lord."
Harrison founded the short-lived supergroup The Traveling Wilburys
with buddies Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison.
They formed in 1988, jokingly posing as the Wilbury brothers
Harrison was Nelson and Spike Wilbury. They recorded only two albums
in 1988 and 1990 and never toured.
"George figured that as long as his pals were on hand, why not use
them to knock off" a B-side for his 1988 album, "Cloud Nine," writes
Mo Ostin, chairman emeritus of Warner Bros. Records, on the Traveling
Wilburys' Web site.
"George came by my office to play ... 'Handle with Care.' Our
reaction was immediate. This was a song we knew could not be wasted
on some B-side.
"Once the idea of a full, collaborative album was in front of us,
George took over... The group was born."
In 1988, Harrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as
a member of The Beatles. He was inducted again as a solo artist
posthumously in 2004.
A heavy smoker, Harrison was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 1997.
In 1999, he was stabbed multiple times by a home invader, and
suffered a punctured lung.
The youngest Beatle died in Los Angeles in 2001. Paul McCartney later
described Harrison as "my baby brother."
For tickets in advance, stop by White's on Route 6 or e-mail GHTribute@aol.com.
Contact Lauren Daley at email@example.com.