Community Concerts’ season finale will take place Tuesday, April 11 at the Crown Complex, with RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles. RAIN is a multi-media global sensation, seen by over 1.9 million people, that time travels through the life and times of one of the world’s most beloved bands. The show celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beatles’ eighth studio album, and the first rock LP to ever receive Album of
Fans will be pleased to hear Beatles classics like “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together” and “Hey Jude.” The Associated Press called RAIN “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!”
One unique aspect of RAIN is that members perform challenging and complex songs that the original Beatles themselves recorded in the studio, but never performed live. RAIN’s updated sets include LED, high-definition screens and multimedia surprises.
Since RAIN has been together even longer than The Beatles were, they have, according to their press release, “mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting.” They have received praise from The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post
Community Concerts Attractions Director Michael Fleishman said, “RAIN was a smash hit on Broadway and continues to receive rave reviews. For those who have seen it, the show has been expanded to include even more of your favorite songs, a new Sergeant Pepper tribute, and some of the best lighting and staging you will ever see.” RAIN founder, member and original keyboardist Mark Lewis spoke in a 2017 interview about the diverse crowd a RAIN show brings: “We get a lot of ‘baby boomers’, (sic) ex-hippies, etc. BUT, we also get parents that love to bring their kids. A lot (of) teenagers and young children. I think parents take a certain pride in turning their children on to the music of the Beatles … The appeal of RAIN is the appeal of, in my opinion, the greatest music ever written and recorded, the greatest band in history, The Beatles.”
Tickets to see RAIN on April 11 range from $28 to $65 and are available in person at the Crown Box Office or online at www.crowncomplexnc.com. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Community Concerts, founded in 1935, holds the title of Fayetteville’s oldest art organization. They are an “all-volunteer, non-profit whose goal is to bring the finest in top-notch entertainment to Fayetteville.” Their previous concert on March 18 was preceded by a short induction ceremony for new members into The Fayetteville Music Hall of Fame. Now going on its 10th year, The Fayetteville Music Hall of Fame was founded by Community Concerts to honor those who have brought musical distinction to the community. New members inducted on March 18 included the late Harlan Duenow, Alan Porter and the Cumberland Oratorio Singers.