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.

Most of my photos are in my personal gallery here. Samples from that gallery are here in my Flickr account.

Sgt. Pepper’s

7 thoughts on “Sgt. Pepper’s

  • April 27, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    I wish I remembered about this. I was so bored last night and just ate bad food instead.

    I blame groovehouse for not reminding me when I was txting with him at around 7!

    Nice shots Jay!

  • April 28, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Thanks so much for taking such beautiful pics…especially of the orchestra and Indian Ensemble. I truly appreciate it and sent ur web address to the group. I hope U dont mind.

    Im vanessa vera…the concert master of the orchestra. I was wearing a floor length black dress and have long brown hair and was sitting right behind Dave Blassingame playing bass…..Thought it would be nice to let U know who was messaging you.

    Thank you for everything!


  • April 28, 2008 at 1:31 am

    I sent U a message but dont know if it went through. Please let me know if U didnt get it and Ill send the message again.


    Vanessa Vera
    Concert Master and Lead Violinist for the Sgt Pepper Show at Discovery Green

  • April 28, 2008 at 12:19 pm


    Fantastic photos, man!!!

    Thanks for being there and for posting the pics.


  • April 28, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Kudos on these photo shots.
    You are a terrific photo Rock Journalist!!!
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

  • May 1, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Jay, wonderful pictures!!! You have quite an eye for good shots and the nice cameras to pull them off. Thanks for covering the show!!!

    (the singer/guitarguy in the hat)
    ….next to Chase.

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