Arts & Culture

Beatles Meet Bluegrass at Singletary Center

Video of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band's recording sessions of "Eleanor Rigby."

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2020) Experience the Beatles like never before with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band. Known as the world’s premier Beatles tribute band, the band reimagines the music of the Fab Four with bluegrass and jazz infusions. Presented as part of the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts 2019-20 Singletary Signature Series during the center’s 40th anniversary, the “Bluegrass Beatles” come together on stage 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in the Singletary Center Recital Hall.

After seeing Paul McCartney on his U.S. tour, lead vocalist and guitarist Dave Walser was inspired to form a Beatles cover band of his own but with a twist. For over a decade, this band has been touring all over the U.S., reimagining Beatles music as though it were distilled somewhere in the Black Mountain Hills of Dakota.

The band includes Walser on guitar and lead vocals, Bach Norwood on double bass and vocals, Reginald Rueffer on fiddle and vocals, and Gerald Jones on banjo and mandolin. The group presents new and innovative takes on such classics as “Eleanor Rigby,” “Come Together,” “Blackbird” and more.

A limited number of general tickets remain for the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band concert. Tickets are $18 and may be purchased online at www.SCFATickets.com, by phone at 859-257-4929 or in person at the Singletary Center ticket office. UK students may claim a free advance ticket with their student ID at the SCFA ticket office up to the day before the performance. 

A part of the College of Fine Arts and essential to the UK School of Music, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts artistic, cultural and educational events for the university community, Lexington community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Named on April 16, 1987, for the retiring eighth president of the university, the center has become a major cultural resource for the Commonwealth. From its opening on Nov. 1, 1979, the center has accomplished Singletary's wish to provide a succession of brilliant performances in its Concert and Recital Halls, which constitute impressive evidence of the University of Kentucky's continuing commitment to the arts. Hosting an average of 400 events annually, the Singletary Center has served over 3.7 million patrons in its history. The center provides professional, full-service venues for the creation, practical application, and dissemination of artistic, cultural and educational expressions by international, national, regional, university, and student performers, artists, and speakers.

black and white photo of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band performing
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band returns to Singletary Center this Friday.

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