The Fab Faux take the Basie stage Saturday for a full-on recreation of the revolutionary Beatles album ‘Revolver.’ (Photo by Michael Weintraub)
In a season that’s justifiably obsessed with the golden anniversary of a little phonograph record by the name of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, it might be easy to overlook the album that truly made the Pepper platter possible: Revolver, the 1966 Beatles release that kicked off the Fab Four’s focus on studio projects in earnest — and an idea-packed long-player that more than a few observers consider to be the greatest rock album of all time.
For the 16th edition of what’s become a dependable signifier of summer in Red Bank, the super-sessionman Beatle-reboot known as the Fab Faux takes the stage of Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre Saturday night for a performance of Revolver in its entirety, plus a mixed set of classic hits.
The super-sessionman project known as the Fab Faux makes its 14th annual appearance on the Count Basie stage this Saturday night, with a recreation of two landmark Beatles albums. (Photo by Michael Weintraub)
His three-decade gig as bandleader Paul Shaffer’s bass-playing lieutenant on David Letterman’s late-night talkfests may have come to a bittersweet end, but there’s no Faux finish in sight for Will Lee, the in-demand session man whose passionate pet project The Fab Faux has become a favorite annual attraction here on the Beatle-crazy banks of the Navesink.
The bassist teamed with another walking musical encyclopedia and fellow talk-show stalwart, through his years with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Vivino as founding Faux-fathers for a band that transcends the wigs-and-costumes Beatlemania approach in favor of a thrillingly detail-intensive homage to the Beatles recorded legacy. Together with fellow NYC session aces Frank Agnello, Rich Pagano and Jack Petruzzelli, the fab fivesome has been a headliner-quality act in theater-scale venues like the Count Basie Theatre — and this Saturday, June 13, the band returns to Red Bank for a fourteenth consecutive late-spring concert, this one saluting a pair of pivotal albums from the Liverpuddlians’ catalog.
From the Knickerbockers to the Smithereens and a thousand tribute bands in between, there’s always been something in the water here in Jersey when it comes to The Beatles; a proprietary feeling that dates back to the first time they touched tarmac on the other side of the Hudson and today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit has one more sip of that Beatlejuice, courtesy of a fairly Fab collection of veteran Shore musicians.
This weekend sees the second annual Fab Forward Ball fundraiser for the Red Bank Charter School an event coordinated by long-playing local rocker and RBCS father Jeff MacPherson. It’s a gig that puts an innovative twist (and maybe even a shout) on the old Liverpudlian family recipe. We’ve got the details on the concert.
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