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Beatles tribute The Fab Faux come together at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 10

Beatles tribute The Fab Faux come together at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 10
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From a press release:

One of the best Beatles tribute bands around, The Fab Faux, will take the stage at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. as part of the Wells Fargo Concert and Comedy Series.

Tickets, which are $39, $49, $59, and $99 (VIP with meet and greet), plus fees, go on sale Friday, May 13 at 10 a.m. and will be available at the Kirby Center box office (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100. There will be a special Kirby Member pre-sale starting this Wednesday, May 11 at 10 a.m. Members buy first, so join today at 570-823-4599, ext. 225.

The Fab Faux are a labor of love that was born in 1998 when Will Lee, the bassist for Paul Shaffer’s CBS Orchestra on the “Late Show with David Letterman” who has played with all four Beatles, decided that he was determined to organize the greatest Beatles band without any props (sans period wardrobe, fake accents, wigs) and focus on the intricacies and soul of the music.

Rounding out the lineup is Jimmy Vivino, music director/guitarist for “Conan” (and longtime music partner of Levon Helm), John Sebastian, Laura Nyro, lead-singing drummer/producer Rich Pagano (Rosanne Cash, Roger Waters), guitarist Frank Agnello (Marshall Crenshaw, Phoebe Snow), and multi-instrumentalist Jack Petruzzelli (Joan Osborne [producer, “Love and Hate”], Patti Smith).

All five principals contribute vocals, making the Faux’s soaring harmonies as resonant as their multi-instrumental chops, which are further enhanced on select shows by the fourpiece Hogshead Horns (with Blues Brothers; Blood, Sweat & Tears; and “SNL” band alums) and The Creme Tangerine Strings.

With a commitment to the accurate reproduction of The Beatles’ repertoire, The Fab Faux treat the seminal music with unwavering respect and are known for their painstaking recreations of the songs (with emphasis on the later works never performed live by The Beatles).

Far beyond a cover band, they play the music of The Beatles so impeccably that one must experience it to believe it. Imagine hearing complex material like “Strawberry Fields Forever” or “I Am the Walrus” performed in complete part-perfect renditions, or such harmony-driven songs as “Because,” “Nowhere Man,” and “Paperback Writer,” reproduced not only note-for-note, but with extra vocalists to achieve a double-tracked effect.