Review and photographs by Lisa Gandia
Cheers to Hey Jude… The Tribute for their fab Beatles concert — good ‘til the last drop —in the Parting Glass, the famed Irish pub in Saratoga Springs. The band performed in concert on Saturday, November 9, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of With the Beatles, and the pub was alive with fans clapping, singing and dancing along to their memorable hits. The faux Fab Four – plus one more – featured Tom Raider as John Lennon, Brad Jarvis as Paul McCartney, Rick Bedrosian as George Harrison, Don Ackerman as Ringo Starr and Rich Coogan as Billy Preston, and all gave a stunning Beatles performance.
Raider’s genuine personality and outgoing stage presence contributed to his overall audience appeal. He looked, sounded and acted just like Lennon himself. His spectacular solo of “In My Life” revealed a more introspective side to his musical presence, aside from his usual light-hearted personality and humorous anecdotes.
Jarvis’ memorable acoustic version of “Yesterday” showcased his McCartney sound-alike ability and precise vocal range. His humorous dialogue with fans uplifted everyone’s spirits — and glasses — in a toast to good times, great tunes and welcoming company.