Dunedin musos pay tribute to Beatles

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50 years . . . Dunedin Beatles enthusiast Geoff Simons (left) has enlisted Oxo Cubans band member Marcel Rodeka (right) and other Dunedin musicians to perform a tribute to the Beatles for the 50th anniversary of the Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts album. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

Dunedin musicians will play tribute to the Beatles tonight at a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band’s Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

Led by the ever-evolving Oxo Cubans, the Friday night gig will be held at the Sargood Centre at Logan Park and will involve 10 Dunedin musicians.

Oxo Cubans member Craig Reeves said it was a testament to the talent of the “Fab Four” that re-creating their music for a Dunedin audience was taking a line-up of 10 musicians.

Beatles enthusiast and concert organiser Geoff Simons said the night would begin with a set from band member Matt Langley, who often covered Beatles’ classics, before the rest of the 10-piece band would join to perform other Beatles songs.

The second set of the Oxo Cubans would involve the band performing the entire Sgt. Peppers album, before the night would wrap up with danceable Beatles tunes, Simons said.

Doors would open at 6pm, with Langley starting his set at about 6.30pm, and there would be a cash bar and supper.

He said the early start was convenient as people could come for a “big Beatles party” straight after work.

Reeves said it was great chance for Dunedin music fans to “relive the timeless Beatles music”.

Tickets are $30 from Beggs Music Works in Stuart St, until sold out. No eftpos at the bar. Doors open 6pm.