Beatlemania comes to Vilar Center in Beaver Creek with ‘1964’ … The Tribute | VailDaily.com

Beatlemania comes to Vilar Center in Beaver Creek with ‘1964’ … The Tribute

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The Vilar Performing Arts Center invites Beatles fans to scream when 1964 … The Tribute hits the stage on Saturday at 8 p.m. Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as the "best Beatles tribute on Earth," 1964 … The Tribute takes its audiences on a musical journey to an era in rock history that will live in all of our hearts forever.

Choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era, 1964 recreates an early '60s live Beatles concert, with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles and onstage banter. More than 25 years of researching and performing have made 1964 masters of their craft.

Since the early '80s, 1964 … The Tribute has been thrilling audiences around the globe by taking them on a journey through a quintessential moment in music history. The group of 1964 is Mark Benson as John Lennon, Mac Ruffing as Paul McCartney, Tom Work as George Harrison and Bobby Potter as Ringo Starr.

THE GROUP MEMBERS

Benson was introduced to music early, playing drums and piano at age 8, and he started playing guitar at age 17. He is also a guitar luthier and maintains all of the instruments. Benson's two Rickenbacker 325s are custom made by him and contain customizations to more closely resemble and sound like the original Lennon guitars.

Ruffing is a lifelong Beatles fan. He played the drums as a teen, but when he saw a copy of a Hofner bass at a local music store, he had to have it and taught himself how to play Beatles records. In California, he played in several local Beatles groups, including Help! and Imagine. Ruffing also has performed with The Beatles tribute show "Rain," playing worldwide, including a stint on Broadway. He is actually right handed and learned to play the bass left handed to more accurately portray McCartney.

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Work began playing guitar in 1961 and is a founding member of 1964 … The Tribute. He has also worked in more than 20 musical theater productions, both in leading roles and behind the scenes as producer and music director. In 2006, Work returned to 1964 … The Tribute, ending a 12-year sabbatical.

Potter started taking snare drum lessons in the fifth grade and got his first set in the seventh. When he discovered The Beatles, he made it a personal goal to be like Starr. He spent several years in Los Angeles, where he helped form The Finders and Shake, Rattle N' Roll. He then moved to Las Vegas and played the Nevada casino circuit. Still wanting to achieve his personal "Ringo" goal, he joined two Beatles tributes, spending eight years in this endeavor. His personality shines onstage, as he authentically reproduces every beat and moves his head to the music, portraying Ringo with precision and style.

For more information about this show and others at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, visit http://www.vvf.org.

If you go

What: “1964”… The Tribute.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek.

Cost: $59.50.

More information: Tickets are on sale now in person at the VPAC Box Office, by phone at 970-845-8497 or online at http://www.vilarpac.org.