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Interactive Experience Connects Concert-goers with The Beatles in the Golden Isles

Oct 7 2014

by Anna Ferguson Hall

Some classics just never die, and as much can certainly be said for the long list of hits created by The Beatles. The Golden Isles Arts and Humanities in Brunswick, Ga., is helping resurrect the British Invasion by bringing The Beatles back to Brunswick, for the “Yesterday and Today: Interactive Beatles Experience.”

Being held Sunday, Oct. 12 at the Golden Isles Arts & Humanities headquarters, the historic Ritz Theatre in Brunswick, the interactive showcase will offer guests exact what they want to hear. Rather than follow a set playlist, this experience allows the audience to choose the songs. Prior to the performance and during intermission, concertgoers are asked to fill our cards requesting the song (or songs, as it may be) they want performed and explain why.

The show’s award-winning performers, led by musician Billy McGuigan, interact with the concert-goers and personalize the music with the audiences’ personal stories and perspectives. While the performers deliver authentic, straightforward renditions of The Beatles’ music within a 1960s-style set, they are not a traditional tribute band and don’t dress as The Beatles nor do they attempt the Beatles’ Liverpool accents, said Cynthia Robinson, marketing director for Golden Isles Arts & Humanities.

McGuigan and his fellow band members, which include his younger brothers Matthew and Ryan, have memorized more than 200 songs from The Beatles anthology and have performed before audiences across the United States, all to rave reviews and sold-out venues, Robinson said.

From the time when they were tiny tykes, the McGuigan were taught Beatles songs by their father and grew up surrounded by all things The Beatles. Today, Billy McGuigan is the producer and lead talent in not only “Yesterday and Today,” but also two other national hit shows, “Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience,” and “Rock Legends.” He has likewise performed with such notable musicians as Tommy Allsup, Holly’s Grammy-award winning lead guitarist and Sonny West, a songwriter and performer who co-wrote two of Holly’s biggest hits, “Rave On” and “Oh Boy.”

Advance tickets for Golden Isles Arts & Humanities members are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors. Advance tickets for non-members are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors. Day of show tickets for members are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors while the cost for nonmembers is $25 for adults and $20 for seniors. The cost for students (with ID) is always $5 each.

For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit the Ritz Theatre box office, 1530 Newcastle St., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, or between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays For more information, call (912) 262-6934, or visit goldenislesarts.org, or billymcguigan.com/yesterday-and-today.

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