Beatles Tribute Band ‘All Together Now’ Entertained Wolfeboro, NH, On Another Magical Saturday Night By The Lake.
.by Anura Guruge
Classic, melodious Beatles’ song, to an uncompromised beat, wafted across another picture perfect Saturday evening, at Cate Park, Wolfeboro, NH, last night. We sure have lucked out. Two wonderful Saturday performances at Cate, back-to-back, with nothing but delightful, Summer weather (in what has been a rather ‘iffy’ Summer).
‘All Together Now’, without ever trying in anyway to be impersonators, did the ‘Fab 4’ proud. Bravo.
They were definitely ‘OK”. They did not butcher a single song those they did, rather incongruously, ask George Harrison to cut them slack if they didn’t do justice to his song. But, they did OK.
As a sitar fan (given my background), I was delighted that they used a real sitar, and made a very decent ‘fist of it’, rendering ‘Norwegian Wood‘. It is one of my all time favorite songs. Gives me goosebumps. IF you are not familiar with the original, try this on YouTube, and take note of the cute efforts in 1965 (yes, 48 years ago) to accentuate the then brand new stereo effects. Listening to the original made me realize why I had a prevailing sense of disquiet right through the performance. I am by no means a Beatles expert and I know this because I lived with an expert. But, from the ‘little’ I know (and I am no novice) the end result last night lacked a certain je ne sais quoi in terms of musical reproduction. Yes, I fully understand that post 1966 the Beatles were becoming the masters of painstakingly crafted studio output and that it would be nigh impossible to even get close to it in an open park in central NH. So, that is OK.
This was my first tribute band. Exactly 10 years ago, we saw ‘Abba II‘ — but there was one of the originals still playing in the band and they didn’t set out to be a tribute band per se. [I had contacts in those days and Deanna and I got to go back stage after the show and meet the band. The original Abba guy was all over Deanna and she was thrilled since she is a huge Abba fan. We had a picture of him draped all over Deanna. It hung on the all of our Gilford house. Not sure where it is. I should have it scanned and posted for posterity. Trivia question. How many of YOU know the Biblical association of the name ‘Abba’?]
I have to be objective and disclose possible conflicts. As must be fairly obvious all 4 of us are huge fans of ‘Blues Brothers the Next Generation‘ (BBNG) who played at Cate last week. We are not associated with them per se, though I do chat with them on e-mail (after I got to know them from their New Year’s Eve concert). So given that we really had a ball last Saturday, I want to be careful that I do not ‘undersell’ this group by comparison. Yes, BBNG, I would have to say, was a hard act to follow.
All the years of going to the ‘Highland Games‘ and watching multiple bands, of the same genre, perform on the same stage, one after the other made me understand one very crucial thing about groups. Some groups have an innate, indescribable ‘magic’ that sets them apart. That is why “Seven Nations“, “Glengarry Bhoys”, “Enter the Haggis” or “Hadrian’s Wall” can come on stage, after another band, and totally rock the place while the other band, though playing the same music, didn’t really make a mark.
I could be wrong, and I hope I am. In my opinion ‘All Together Now’ just missed that magic. They were good, but, I thought that they were not truly magical. Now this could be due to the setting. I am old. But, the Wolfeboro crowd makes me look young. So it is possible that there were guidelines they had to follow. The volume was a tad too sedate. They needed to have cranked it up 4 notches. The subdued volume, as is the case with the physics involved, made them sound ‘low energy’ — at least to me. But, I checked with Deanna. Her reaction was exactly the same as mine: ‘they are OK’. Nothing wrong with that.
It was a good night. Thank you Wolfeboro. I wish Alton could do events like this.
Yes, we plan to go next Saturday too.
I would like to see ‘All Together Now’ again — just to see if they impart more energy (and magic) and other venues.
U.S. Cricket Lovers Shafted, Bloody ESPN3 (On Internet) Gets ‘TV’ Rights To Pakistan, Sri Lanka and W.I. Cricket.
.by Anura Guruge
Many thanks to Satyajit who brought this to my attention this morning in the form of a comment.
This is terrible.
I for one can’t get access to ESPN ‘bloody’ 3 on my PC because my Internet provider, TDS, is not on the authorized list.
I have as much chance getting TDS to sign up for ESPN 3 as I have of getting a pig to fly.
Plus, as I have said before I do not want to watch cricket on a PC.
I want proper broadcast TV.
Plus the little coverage I have seen from ESPN 3 is beyond garbage
and the commentators they have come across as having
no idea of cricket.
A sad day for US in the US.
I am sure this was another filthy lucre based deal by the
Indian Board of Control.
I am so mad. I am so disgusted.
.by Anura Guruge
#111. I have 30 Mbps broadband Internet download capacity at home across two dedicated fiber connections, 15 Mbps allocated to the Wi-Fi router and the other 15 Mbps, unshared, piped to this PC. Friday morning I was trying out the DirecTV Android APP (#103 & 104) on our Google Nexus 7 pads. At that time, since everybody in the house was piled on the bed, nobody else was using any bandwidth on the Wif-Fi router. So the router was getting close to 14.5 Mbps (taking into account the overhead). The DirecTV APP on both CNN and Nick was having trouble buffering the video. It was by no means streaming video! We were not impressed.
#112. This morning, Sunday, at 9 am, as is out wont, we put on Boston Channel 4, CBS “Sunday Morning”. Deanna wanted it recorded. So I hit record and it started recording. A commercial came on. I started going up through the Channels all the way to Channel 9, WMUR. They were showing local weather. Watched that. Then hit ‘4’ on the remote to go back. Black screen. NOTHING. No sound. Black screen. Thought bloody Genie was dead again. Hit guide. No, bloody Genie (alas) is alive — just not showing Channel 4. Hit Channel up to go to 5. 5 comes on. Hit Channel down. 4 now comes on. This is so pathetic and stupid.
#113. I had experienced this before (#89), but I again suffered mightily on Friday morning. Around 8:40 in the morning, while still drinking my first cup of coffee, I like to turn the sound off on the TV and read a book until 9 am, when I catch the headlines. So I hit mute. Friday morning mute only worked, turning off sound and then turning it on … on the 3rd attempt. So first two pushes got me noting! This is crazy.
#114. Given all the hassle I keep on encountering with the stupid DirecTV service, suffice to say I find the never ending ‘refer a friend’ commercials by DirecTV that tell me that I can save $400 a month extremely annoying and offensive. I have, however, hatched a plan. I am going to really push DirecTV to all those that irk me. So if you get e-mail (or similar) from me, signing the praises of DirecTV and urging you to switch, you should get the message.
#115. I have, as of today, had DirecTV for 23 days — and as these posts painfully chronicle I have yet to go A DAY without running into a problem. I wonder if the NH lemon law could be twisted to help me out because DirecTV sure is a lemon.