sgt. pepper's lonely bluegrass

Ramblin’s Roads: Beatlemania fans have some fun offerings in coming days

(Featured photo is of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band)

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Two different shows featuring classic songs of The Beatles are coming to Augusta and Evans in the next few days.

“Beatles vs Stones ─ A Musical Showdown” returns to the Imperial Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, with tickets priced $25 to $65.

Call the box office at (706) 722-8341 or buy online at

This national touring show offers music of both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

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According to the media release, the show features Chris Paul Overall as Paul McCartney, Nate Bott as John Lennon, Axel Clarke as Ringo Starr, Jesse Wilder as George Harrison, Chris LeGrand as Mick Jagger and Trey Garrity as Keith Richards.

Augusta Amusements Inc., meanwhile, is bringing the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band” show to the area for a performance of Beatles’ music arranged bluegrass style at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Jabez Hardin Auditorium inside the Evans, Ga., public library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.

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All tickets are $42.95.  Call the box office at (706) 726-0366 or visit

This Sgt. Pepper’s bluegrass group is based in Dallas and was founded by Dave Walser after seeing Paul McCartney’s Back in the U.S. tour in 2002.

Several other bluegrass groups have taken Beatles’ hits and turned them into bluegrass style numbers including The Infamous Stringdusters (a popular band at the Aiken bluegrass festivals), New Grass Revival and The Bluegrass Alliance.

Don Rhodes has been a by-line journalist since 1963 writing for his Chamblee, Ga., High School newspaper and two weeklies in Decatur.  He has worked for Morris Communications Co. since joining the Savannah Evening Press in March of 1967.  He also has authored four national books, four regional books, national magazine articles and album notes for several music artists. 

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