Theatre of Western Springs Beatles concert takes audience back to 1964

Attendees went back in time fifty years to relive The Beatles iconic performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

On Feb. 9, the Theatre of Western Springs transported guests to 1964, when the mop-haired boys from England were officially introduced to America, changing the world of music forever. American English, a renowned Beatles tribute band, played to a sold-out crowd as a fundraiser for the theater.

The band performs all songs live without any tapes or backing tracks, authentically replicating a Beatles’ performance. Band members accurately portray their alter-ego of John, Paul, George and Ringo in appearance, mannerisms and sound. Bob Rumba, a professional ventriloquist, comic and Hollywood lookalike, brought Ed Sullivan to life as he realistically introduced the band to America.

The TWS show began with the early years of Ed Sullivan, moved on to songs from the movie and soundtrack of “It’s a Hard Day’s Night” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Costumes faithfully captured each era.

American English has been voted number one for three consecutive years by thousands of Beatles fans as winners of “sound alike” contests at Beatlefest®. The group has been named Illinois Entertainer of the Year and voted Best Tribute Band three of the last four years by fans in the Chicago area.

The event raised $14,000 gross for the theater.

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