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“Bridge: Paul Simon meets The Beatles” – an All-Star Tribute
November 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm EDT
WHERE: THE BLOCK Off Biltmore
WHEN: Friday November 2, 2018
COVER: $10 adv. / $12 d.o.s.
DOORS: 7:30pm | SHOW: 8pm
GENRE: Tribute to the Beatles & Paul Simon
SEATING: seated general admission / standing room
The concept of scaling down obscure and beloved Beatles tunes hatched during a conversation Peggy Ratusz shared with Jonathan Pearlman several years ago. They figured, with all the tribute and specialty shows taking place around the country, no one had truly done much with Beatles tunes, other than copy them verbatim. Pearlman has been brainstorming arrangements and Ratusz tests them out during their many acoustic shows together. Encouraged by the applause they receive each time they do their versions of classics like Oh Darlin, Two Of Us, Back in the USSR, I’ll Follow the Sun, they decided it was time to put the finishing touches on these songs and present them in a special show. Because the two of them grew up listening to, learning and playing Paul Simon tunes, they determined it to be a no brainer, to throw some of his greatest hits into this special night, bridging the acoustic sensibilities of Simon with the rock and roll aesthetic of the Beatles. Their buddies Eric Congdon on guitar and vocals and Grant Cuthbertson on upright bass along with Micha Thomas on kit and percussion, will add the missing links to the arrangements and play key roles in bringing their concepts/arrangements to fruition! For ONE NIGHT ONLY: “Bridge”, Paul Simon meets the Beatles will soothe, move and groove you!
Hendersonville, NC based guitarist Eric Congdon has a low-key virtuosity. His style radiates both skill and charm. Whether playing solo or with a small ensemble, Congdon’s forceful yet delicate style doesn’t flaunt as much as it insinuates. The N.C.-based Congdon has been playing for 30 years. Congdon counts Tommy Emmanuel and Rev. Gary Davis among his influences. His latest album is called “Acoustic Wanderer.”
Grant Cuthbertson, now residing in Flat Rock, NC, has been in integral part of the music scene in Asheville for over 30 years. He is one of the main reasons why it thrives as it does. He wears many hats and provides the area’s most notable venues with quality sound equipment. An accomplished bassist both electric and upright, Grant’s love of all things Latin and Jazz as well as Blues, Swing & Gypsy Jazz, has made him one of the MOST sought after players in WNC.
Guitarist and virtuoso, Jonathan Pearlman’s (aka, JP) influences are far-reaching, absorbing Lennon/McCartney, Hendrix, Clapton, and Motown. Jazz-fusion bands of the early 70’s were also influential, like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report and Frank Zappa. “Alien Music Club” is a music production and creative organization he developed more than 10 years ago. He also hosts the weekly Alien Music Club Jazz Jam at Barley’s Taproom in Asheville every Thursday night. “It’s a great opportunity to meet and share musical ideas with some of the best players while at the same time mentoring young musicians!”
Austin, Texas transplant, Peggy Ratusz has been pulling from the cream of the Asheville music crop since moving here in 2002. This “ruby throated” chanteuse has been a finalist in the International Blues Challenge in 2008, 2010 and 2016. A winner or runner up in the Mountain Xpress’s ‘Best of’ Poll for 9 years in the Blues category, (3 years straight 2015, 2017 & 2018), she won in three categories in the 2016. (Best Vocalist, Best in Blues and Artist Who Gives Back). She’s opened for Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Geoff Atchison, the Beach Boys and the recently departed Denise LaSalle.
Where would most any notable act in the area be without drummer/percussionist, Micah Thomas? He plays with panache and with the heart of an old soul. An affable and charming young man, his professionalism and skill are what make him an “in-demand” and “go-to” player. Brushfire Stankgrass, Liberated State are just two of the groups he spearheads and/or co-created. Currently working with Jesse Barry and the Jam, he also sessions and moonlights with Eric Congdon’s jam band.