David Blassingame and Steve Candelari put together some 40 Houston musicians to pay tribute to the Beatles with a live performance of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at the recently opened downtown park Discovery Green on Saturday night.
A horn section, a group of Indian tabla and sitar players, violons and wind instruments all there to play each and every note originally recorded on the original album.
I had missed the first performance of this show when it debuted at The Continental Club last October as I was otherwise occupied. I had heard it was a pretty amazing show and regretted missing it. When I heard that this show was coming I was determined to attend. And since I had not yet been to Discovery Green I had additional incentive.
Arriving at Discovery Green I was amazed at the turn out. The place was packed with people and the mood was very festive. And the fantastic weather didn’t hurt, I’m sure.
The show was quite good. The ensemble of musicians did an awesome job and seemed to be enjoying themselves thoroughly. I did hear that there were sound problems and those in the general audience were treated to some very inconsistent sound management. Fortunately I experienced no such problems from my various vantage points both in front of and behind the stage.
Many, many photogs out and about. Quite a few sporting Nikon D200’s and D300’s along with Canon fans and a whole slew of point and shoot still and video cameras.