LFW Weekend Fun File
Mar03

LFW Weekend Fun File

Our calendar is full of fantastic events taking place around our city, so be sure to check it out for a more exhaustive list. In the meantime, here’s a quick peak at some of the things we are looking forward to this week! If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com 1. Jay Leno Thursday, March 3 at 7:30pm Jay Leno is performing live at the Embassy! How fun is that?! 2. Princess Party at Roller Dome North Saturday, March 5 at 10am Meet Anna, Else & Olaf! There’s a full buffet brunch, and it should be super fun for the kiddos! 3. International Women’s Day Saturday, March 5, all day There will be a wide variety of events going on throughout the day, all designed to celebrate and support connection between women everywhere. 4. Disney On Ice: Let’s Celebrate! Seven different shows throughout the weekend We LOVE Disney on Ice at our house. The show is always great, for adults and kids alike! 5. USF Battle of the Bands Saturday, March 5 at 7pm Many talented bands, all under the age of 25, are competing in this year’s Battle of the Bands! Come out and see the talent right here in our hometown. 6. Pops: Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles Saturday, March 5 at 7:30pm This Saturday this Beatles Tribute will draw people of all ages, and it should be a great show! 7. Free Beer Tasting at Pedal City Saturday, March 5 at 9pm Try the new Henry’s hard soda as well as a couple other selected beers to sample at Pedal City! No cover! Staci Stork will also be performing live! 8. Downton Abbey Finale Sunday, March 6 at 2pm It’s the last episode of Downton Abbey! The Embassy and PBS are pairing up to give us a special, FREE sneak preview! 9. CDI Pop Up Sale Event Sunday, March 6 at 11 am While you visit the sale you can enjoy mimosas and bloody marys, along with som live music. Drinks, sales (20% off art and accessories, 30% off furniture) and music. Perfect Sunday fun! 10. North Anthony Corridor March Walkable Wednesday Wednesday, March 9 at 8am (all day) Businesses offer specials and discounts in the North Anthony Corridor — check out all they have to offer!   Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Check out our events calendar, and get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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The Mersey Beatles: A British Invasion at the Embassy

It takes four fab musicians to cover the Fab Four and earn the official stamp of approval of John Lennon’s sister. But on Friday night at the Embassy, The Mersey Beatles proved that they were up to the task. I went expecting to hear great Beatles cover tunes. But The Mersey Beatles delivered much more. The show started with a red-hot opener by the talented local musicians of Moser Woods. After everyone was warmed up and settled in their seats, Julia Baird – younger sister of John Lennon – introduced the headlining act with a touching tribute to her brother, the Beatles, and the impact their music has made for generations. It goes without saying that the Beatles are a tough band to cover. In the last 50+ years, The Beatles have surpassed “iconic” status. They are not simply a band – they are a cultural institution in their own right, eclipsing the impact of any other group in rock n’ roll history. If you’re going to cover something of that caliber, you’d better do it perfectly. After all, no matter where or what you play – you’re playing to an audience that can sing every note by heart.  As Julia’s endorsement attests, the Mersey Beatles take that task seriously. Musically, the group is exceptionally talented. Riffs and rhythms matched with a level of precision that makes the highest levels of “Guitar Hero” look like tic-tac-toe. The licks, solos, tight vocal harmonies and instrumental harmonics rang true to our collective musical memory, song after song. But they don’t stop there.  Just like the original band, these guys are all from Liverpool, Merseyside. (Which, by the way, they affectionately compared to Fort Wayne.) They play at many of the same joints where the Beatles first earned a fan base. Onstage, they even refer to each other as John, Paul, George and Ringo. The costume changes also reflected the Beatles personal and musical evolution. The show started with Ed Sullivan-approved short wigs and clean-cut black suits, for songs like  “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” Dressed-down khakis and vests accompanied the “Rubber Soul” era. And the full Sergeant Pepper regalia came out – long wigs, fake mustaches and all – for “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “Strawberry Fields.” By the end of the night, the costumes became a living replica of the “Let it Be” cover photography. The matching outfits were gone – a reminder that it was a quest for personal autonomy that ended the Beatles run as the fab foursome. An onstage screen added to the evening’s experience, setting the mood with Beatles-inspired photography, artwork, videos, song lyrics and era-appropriate memorabilia. Much...

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