1964 - THE TRIBUTE to Celebrate The Beatles at PlayhouseSquare, 2/21
Rolling Stone magazine calls 1964 - The Tribute "the best Beatles tribute on earth!" 1964-The Tribute, has been thrilling audiences around the globe since the early Eighties by taking them on a journey through a quintessential moment in music history that will live forever.
Now celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles' debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, 1964-The Tribute returns to PlayhouseSquare for a one-night-only concert, Fri., Feb. 21 at 7:30 PM. (Tickets are $35.50, $29.50 & $10 Smart Seats.)
Over 20 years of researching and performing have made "1964" masters of their craft, hailed by critics and fans alike as THE most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute. "1964" recreates an early '60s live Beatles concert with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles and onstage banter with an accuracy that is unmatched.
Mark Benson: Mark Benson was introduced to music playing drums and piano at age eight. At age 17 he started playing guitar. Interested in becoming a luthier, Mark began his internship at Lay's Guitar Repair in Akron, Ohio where he learned to build, repair, and restore guitars as well as other stringed instruments. He went on to make guitars for Eddie Van Halen and Jackson Browne and continues to rebuild, repair, and restore all of the instruments for "1964?. Mark has sold vintage instruments to The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bad Company, Hall and Oates, Ted Nugent, ZZ Top, The Eagles, The Allman Brothers, The Cars, David Lindley, Cheap Trick, and the Doobie Brothers.
Mark played guitar in the local Ohio bands Ashes, Raintree, Coconut, Mr. French and Bock (with Gary Grimes). In 1984 Mark, with Gary, started "1964?. He currently produces all aspects of the show and produced the 1964 CDs, "All You Need Is Live", "Nine Hours In November", and "Bootleg Vol. 1?.
Mark says, "1964 shows the audience what it was like to attend a Beatles concert in the early Sixties and generates the same feeling of happiness that is still generated by the music of The Beatles. We get so much of this positive energy back from our audiences, it reassures us that for now, we are where we are supposed to be".
Ricky Vacca: Ricky Vacca fell in love with music at a very young age from listening to his Mom and Dad's 45 RPM records of '50s music, The Beatles and Motown. He bought his first guitar when he was 9 years old from a friend for 5 dollars, and being left handed, he had to play the guitar upside down and eventually taught himself to play and sing all the songs he so loved. Not satisfied to just sing and play, he also learned how to modify, repair and restore guitars and amplifiers and is currently the owner of his own business doing just that.
At age 14, he started singing in the streets and subways of New York City and by 21 had established himself as a solo artist in the New York folk music scene. He opened shows for folk artists, Suzanne Vega, Sheryl Crow, and David Peel at the Village Gate, Folk City, and the Bitter End nightclubs in New York's famous Greenwich Village. He also studied acting at New York's American Arts Theater and performed in off Broadway musical comedy and drama productions while earning a living as a studio session musician at Cove City Sound and Cloud Nine studios on Long Island.
Ricky's Beatle career began at the age of 27 when, like Paul McCartney, he moved from guitar to bass, realizing that more bands needed bass players than guitar players. His look, his voice and his ability to play bass left-handed quickly landed him a spot in the "Beatlemania" Broadway road tours and has since been hired by many of the top Beatle shows to improve their casts.