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‘A Tribute to The Beatles’ tomorrow night

The new Pagosa Springs Youth Center is collaborating with the Skaters Coalition for Concrete and the Whistle Pig Concert Series to present a noteworthy musical performance tomorrow night, Friday, Nov. 20 — celebrating a quartet of British rock ‘n’ roll performers who changed the face of popular music during the 1960s.

 The performance, “A Tribute to The Beatles,” will feature 17 Pagosa Springs musicians paying tribute to one of the most beloved musical groups of the 20th century.  

The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Youth Center — a large metal-sided building on the Hermosa Street alley, adjacent to the soccer field at Town Park.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and desserts and beverages will be available for purchase before the show and at intermission.

 This live music event will feature Pagosa musicians Charlie Brannon, Jared Burch, Dave Chambers, Michael Coto, Jeff Dysinger, Zoe Fulco, John Graves, Samantha Hunts, Chris Haas, Bill Hudson, Shane Lane, June Marquez, John Maun, Greg Milioto, Pamela Novack, Mark Sudden and Stephen Tholberg — performing well-loved Beatles compositions such as “A Hard Days Night,”  “Hey Jude,”  “Yellow Submarine,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and “Yesterday” — among other favorites.

 The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960, who became one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. For most of their history, the group consisted of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals). Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, the group later worked in many genres ranging from folk rock to psychedelic pop, often incorporating classical and other elements in innovative ways. The nature of their enormous popularity, which first emerged as the “Beatlemania” fad, transformed as their songwriting grew in sophistication. The group came to be perceived as the embodiment of progressive ideals, being influenced by, and seeing their influence extend into, the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s

 The Pagosa Springs Youth Center, formerly the Power House, is planning its Grand Opening in January 2010.  

 “PSYC is dedicated to providing a safe, supervised tobacco-, alcohol- and drug-free gathering place for area youth,” says staff member Kelly Wilderson.  “We do this through engaging teens with programming, events, and youth involvement.  Our mission is to welcome all youth from 13 to 18 years old, offering a positive place, with no religious affiliation or practice.”

 The concert will also benefit the Skaters Coalition for Concrete, a community based, not-for-profit, group of skateboarding supporters dedicated to working with the Town of Pagosa Springs in facilitating the construction of a concrete skateboard park in Pagosa Springs.  With the recent commitment to match all funds raised by the community, as well as designating a place for the park to be built and starting the grant writing process, the Town of Pagosa Springs has become proactive in the process of having a skateboard park built in the very near future.

 Tickets for “A Tribute to The Beatles” are $10 for adults and $5 for students (college age and younger) and are available at Moonlight Books, The Outfitter, Higher Grounds — and at the door.

 Mark your calendar for tomorrow night’s musical celebration, at the Pagosa Springs Youth Center — and support safe, healthful activities for our local kids and teens.

 For more information, call the Pagosa Springs Youth Center at 264-5030, or visit their Web site at