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Some might say the Beatles were the most popular and influential rock band of the 20th Century and most wouldn’t argue too much about that. From 1962-1970, the Beatles had 54 songs that made it to #1 on the Billboard Music Charts in the U.S. and UK.
On Friday, a reggae, ska, dub, rock, punk and rock steady Beatles tribute band, Yellow Dubmarine, will play at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Yellow Dubmarine play and have recorded those 54 #1 songs, plus they’ve recorded the entire “Abbey Road” album.
Dub is a genre of music, which grew out of reggae and reggae grew out of ska. Ska music is a type of fast dance music that came from Jamaica, using a lot of brass. Rock steady slowed the tempo and often resulted in love, R&B or blues songs. Then came reggae in the 60s, with emerging superstars like Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and other greats. Most reggae focuses on politics, protest, black consciousness and the Rastafarian spiritual movement.
Dub features electronic instrumental remixes emphasizing drums and bass with lots of reverb and echo. This combination of Jamaican music is how Yellow Dubmarine play the Beatles’ greatest hits.
This show won’t be a ska-karaoke night. It may sound crazy to you but it’s crazy-good,” said Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series Promoter Russ Gordon. “All we are saying is give these dudes a chance. What the band is saying is, ‘All you need is dub.’ ”
Yellow Dubmarine is from the D.C.- Baltimore area. They’re known for being a live band.
“The next night, they’re playing the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colo. at the annual Reggae On The Rocks Festival with Steel Pulse. Pretty cool,” Gordon said of the band’s next gig, following their Los Alamos show.
“Check out the band at yellowdubmarine.com and on YouTube. I recommend that you check out songs like ‘Something,’ ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ and ‘Come Together.’ On YD’s website, they quote Kurt Vonnegut ‘Let this be my epitaph: The only proof he needed for the existence of God was music.’ ”
The Friday show is the last of 2012 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series, except for a special event on Sept. 14 and 15. This will be the weekend of the “Next Big Idea: A Festival of Discovery, Invention and Innovation.” On Sept. 14, the Summer Series presents Stephanie Hatfield and Hot Mess with Bill Palmer’s TV Killers, two rock, Americana, alternative and progressive rock bands from Santa Fe.
“At this writing, I know that the Chamber of Commerce and MainStreet Los Alamos are planning on two rock bands plus lots of exhibits. This seems like it should be the perfect Los Alamos festival,” Gordon said.
“At 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, (after the Next Big Idea Fest) we’re ecstatic about bringing back China’s Golden Dragon Acrobats.
“The show will be a thrilling and beautiful night of Chinese acrobats, traditional dance, spectacular and gorgeous costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theater with a history of over 20 centuries. They played here two years ago and wow, it was an incredible experience,” Gordon said.