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The Beatles are back at the Bangor Opera House

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Pictured from left to right, producer Morgan Cates, Andrew Carlson, Josh Kovach and Ira Kramer perform as part of "A Day in The Life, a Beatles Experience" at the Bangor Opera House in February 2017. Pictured from left to right, producer Morgan Cates, Andrew Carlson, Josh Kovach and Ira Kramer perform as part of "A Day in The Life, a Beatles Experience" at the Bangor Opera House in February 2017. (edge photo/Kevin Bennett)

BANGOR – A popular tribute to one of the world’s most legendary rock bands is making a return to the stage of the Bangor Opera House.

The multi-media concert experience “A Day in the Life: A Beatles Experience” is back in Bangor for three shows in two days. April 7 will feature two performances – one at 4 p.m., the other at 8 p.m. – while the April 8 show will be at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Penobscot Theatre website at www.penobscottheatre.org or by calling the box office at 942-3333.

The show is a celebration of The Beatles, with four talented musicians each playing a part of one of the Fab Four. Ira Kramer is the group’s John Lennon, playing rhythm guitar. Morgan Cates, who is the producer and music director of the show, plays bass (and Paul McCartney). Lead guitarist Josh Kovachs fills the George Harrison slot, while drummer Andrew Carlson sits in the Ringo Starr role. In addition to that quartet, Phil Burns will be playing keyboards.

The phrase “back by popular demand” has become a bit of a cliché as of late, but in the case of “A Day in the Life,” there’s no other way to put it. They played to packed houses when they were last at the Opera House a little over a year ago; expect them to fill the seats again this weekend.

In preparation for the show’s return, here are a few excerpts from Mike Dow’s interview with Morgan Cates in advance of last year’s Bangor Opera House performance:

On being able to bring the studio-created songs of the band’s later years to the stage:

“The Beatles didn’t have the technology to reproduce those sounds in a live setting 50 years ago but fortunately, we have that ability now.”

On the multi-media aspects of the show and how they impact audiences:

“For somebody who lived through that period and were there when The Beatles were making this music, the videos are intended to bring them back to that time in their life. And for the people who weren’t there, it’s intended to inform the audience of what was happening, why The Beatles wrote what they wrote, or maybe more importantly, why did the culture shift in such a way, based on what The Beatles wrote?”

On the range of Beatles knowledge necessary for audience enjoyment:

“This show is as much for the diehard fan as for the casual fan. We attempt to appeal to all varieties of Beatles fans, from the fan who heard a few records and liked them but never really delved in to the fan for whom this music has been the soundtrack of their life and they know every nuance of the original recording. We incorporate those details into the show which makes it fun for the hardcore fan.”

On the responsibility inherent to invoking the iconic:

“It’s sort of a religious experience in a way, for a lot of people. When the curtain comes up, you tend to see a bit of hesitance from people who really want to enjoy the show but you really have to win them over first. They’re a little suspicious at first and then a few songs into it, they start to loosen up and by the end of the show, it’s like you have several hundred people going to church.”

(Tickets to “A Day in the Life: A Beatles Experience” are available at www.penobscottheatre.org, by calling the Penobscot Theatre box office at 942-3333 or by visiting the Bangor Opera House at 131 Main St. in Bangor.)

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