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Review: Tom Petty Tribute Show at The Foundry

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By John Baggett

“A Tribute to Tom Petty” will be Saturday, November 18 at 8:00 pm. Admission will be $5 at the door.

On October 2, 2017, legendary musician Tom Petty passed away at the age of 66. In honor of his life and career, over 20 local musicians will be paying tribute to the legendary rocker at The Foundry on Saturday, November 18.

The show is the latest in a series of tribute concerts at The Foundry, led by Matt and Megan Magill. It will feature a roster of artists, mostly from Tyler, each performing a song by Petty, including Lauren Alexander, Tim & Deeanda Frost, Big Funky Cloud, The Hotel Drifters and more.

A different tribute concert had been planned for the event, but after Petty’s death, Magill changed the focus of the show.

“We actually had another artist in mind, and just about the time I was going to announce who that artist was going to be, Tom Petty died,” said Magill, who in addition to being a musician, actor, and father, serves as the Director of the Downtown Arts Initiative for The Foundry and worship leader for Bethel Bible Church.

When asked what it is about Petty’s music that is so universally loved, Magill said, “It’s the simplicity. It’s the agenda-free. He’s not trying to rock and change your mind. He’s not trying to rock and convert you. He’s not trying to do anything but rock n’ roll.”

“(Petty) has that smirk to the powers that be that let you know he’s on your side,” said Magill. “That he’s on the side of the outsider, of the outcast or the kid that’s not understood. The kid that got rejected. He’s able to speak to unrequited love and passion and hope in ways that very few artists do.”

The tribute show, like the ones that came before it, will be a mixture of the musical showcase and an old school jam session.

“It’s really a blast,” said Magill. “Everybody does one song for the most part. A few people will get together at soundcheck and realize ‘Hey, I need a drummer” or ‘Can you back me up on the background vocal” or something like that.’ It’s everybody getting together to share. The unity of agreement, because there’s so much disagreement.”

Magill also stated that he thinks “that’s one of the powerful things about these tribute shows, a place that artists can get together and agree with one another and be agreed with. “

With the show taking place in a space owned by Bethel Bible Church, Magill stated the importance of acceptance, “especially in the church.”

“(This is) the opportunity for the church in one little way, or a big way, in my opinion, to come and say ‘we agree that this artist was beautiful and this artist was free. We agree that this artist is a means of grace to us and we are all a little better for having listened,’” said Magill.

The Petty tribute follows in the series of similar concerts that have taken place at The Foundry, which began in the spring of 2015 with the music of Bob Dylan, and as they continually have featured the music of such artists as Willie Nelson, The Eagles, Ray Charles, and most recently, Van Morrison, which Magill stated has been his favorite show to date.

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August 18th Lance Lopez Live @ XL’N Pool Hall & Club

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Texas six string legend Lance Lopez is set to unleash his long-awaited new solo album, ‘Tell The Truth.

Tell The Truth is an autobiographical tour-de-force through the life and times of an archetypal Texas blues legend with all the highs and lows that inevitably accompany this time honored path. Lance Lopez has been on a slow, steady climb up the mountain to the blues rock hall of heavyweights for the last decade, and this album declares his arrival.

“Nothin’ worth having, ever came easy to me, the sweetest victories came within an inch of defeat” ~ “Never Came Easy”

Lance Lopez has a voice that let’s you know he’s walked the walk, and his smokey tenor has grown more gravely and passionate with the years, then you remember, he was brought up by the likes of Bobby “Blue” Bland, Buddy Miles, Johnny Taylor, and Lucky Peterson. Lance started playing professionally at the age of 14 in bars and clubs in and around New Orleans, joining up with soul great Johnny Taylor when he was just 17, then becoming Lucky Peterson’s band leader at 18, and eventually joining the Buddy Miles Express. He’s lived the life every day since, and you can feel every mile of the road on this album.

The path to becoming a Texas blues guitar legend is not an easy road, and even with mentors and friends like Billy Gibbons and Johnny Winter, that road is long and fraught with the necessity of the literally thousands of clubs, endless nights, low wages, and long travels – all of which leads to the many temptations that make for distractions to get one through the day. Lance Lopez, again, was mentored by the best, and that means that along with the priceless lessons in the musical life from legends like Buddy Miles, also came lessons in drinking, drugging, late nights, the ravages of road food, and that side of the life that has broken so many. With the grace of good faith, friends, and family, Lance has seen it through to a healthier, happier side.

XL’N Pool Hall & Club is Located @
2109 E 5th St, Tyler, TX 75701

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“Yesterday, The Las Vegas Beatles Tribute” Brings Tour To Tyler Sept. 14th


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Capture the raw energy and sheer excitement of the most historical music group of all time, when  “Yesterday, the Las Vegas Beatles Tribute” hits the stage for one night only at Wise Auditorium at Tyler Jr. College on Friday, September 14th at 7:30pm.

“Yesterday” is a full two-hour show rich in memories portraying musical icons “The Beatles.”

“Yesterday” transports its audience to a bygone era of magical innocence. Featuring some of the most finely written songs ever performed, this production is a spellbinding enactment of the best-loved pop group in the history of modern music.

“Yesterday,” encompasses all eras of the Beatles music from the Hamburg days through Shea Stadium and into pop history’s magical Sgt. Pepper’s and beyond, with superior showmanship, flawless voices, and exceptional musical abilities, this is one not to be missed.

Complete with Beatles boots, drainpipe trousers, authentic costumes, musical instruments, and singing songs in their original key, “Yesterday,” performance is spot on in every way.

“Yesterday” is featured with other Las Vegas celebrities on giant LED video walls at McCarran International Airport, welcoming all to the “Entertainment Capital of the World” …Las Vegas! Of all the Beatles Tributes, “Yesterday” is Sir Paul McCartney’s favorite as he asked to come backstage for a photo with the band.

“Yesterday” has toured Japan seven times and performed worldwide on five continents. With superior showmanship, flawless voices, and exceptional musical abilities, this band is finally coming to East Texas and is not to be missed.

Here’s what the press has said about “Yesterday’s” performances:

“Don Bellezzo portraying John, bobbing with Lennon’s cheeky mannerisms, had a voice that was so accurate, it sent chills down my spine.” – Union News, MA.

“Outstanding vocals during Nowhere man. Everybody clapped and swayed with Lennon during ‘Revolution.’ McCartney sang ‘Hey Jude’ as the audience joined in the chorus and began waving lights in the air.” – Rockford Register, IL.

“‘Yesterday,’ which just opened at the Tropicana, is an explosion, a wonderful blast from the past. A thrilling and reverential tribute to the Fab Four, ‘Yesterday’ gets it right!” – New York Daily News.

“The audience jumped to their feet giving these four lads a standing ovation even at intermission.” – The Independence, IL.

“‘Yesterday’ was spot on in every way. By the time they reached the encores, the packed house was on their feet dancing and singing!” – Atlantic City Press.

“Yesterday, The Las Vegas Beatles Tribute” will be performing one show only at Wise Auditorium at Tyler Junior College on Friday, September 14th. Doors open at 6:30pm and show time is at 7:30pm.

Reserved seat tickets are $25, $30, and $35, inclusive of all credit card and ticketing fees.

Tickets are available online at markbellpresents.com or by calling the “Yesterday” tickets hotline at (817)896-3652.

For more information visit markbellpresents.com or facebook.com/yesterdaylasvegasbeatlestribute.


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Bibeau in Concert August 25th


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Bibeau has a rare Tyler show booked at Click’s Live on Saturday, August 25th with our Louisiana brothers, Anxiety, the mod blues band, Matt Coats Trio and the fantastic female duo from the Dallas area Sweet Chaos (who recently opened for Bowling for Soup). Help break 500 people in attendance! Tickets will be available at the door for the low rock ‘n roll price of $7. Must be 18+ to attend unless accompanied by a parent/legal guardian.


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