Local Musicians Conjure the Fab Four on Beatles Night This Saturday

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Beatles Night, a fun-filled evening produced by DAC Stage, promises to deliver a trip back in time to re-live the Beatles frenzy of 1964.

The one-night event takes place on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. in the DAC Weatherstone Studio and features a live band of local musicians performing favorites made popular by the Fab Four.

Paul Block, Gary Kristoph, Frank Riccio, Lou Patrick, Mike Conlin, Claire Kenny, Chris Balestriere and Darien resident Robert Schaffer comprise the band that will perform two sets of Beatles hits sure to inspire a sing-a-long atmosphere from the crowd.

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Paul Block, Gary Kristoph, Claire Kenny, Lou Patrick, and Frank Riccio rehearse in the DAC Weatherstone Studio for Beatles Night, the first production of the 2016-2017 DAC Stage season taking place on Sept. 24.

Schaffer, a life-long Beatles fan, and Regina Elliott, DAC Stage committee chair were part of the decision process that led to the event at the DAC. Schaffer shared their enthusiasm, “When Regina had the idea to bring the ‘Beatles Night’ experience to the DAC Weatherstone Studio, we couldn’t have been happier. We are all big Beatles fans.”

Beatles Night poster 9-18-16Schaffer, Riccio, and Patrick play guitar, with Block on keyboards, Conlin on drums and Kristoph on bass. Kristoph, Riccio, Kenny, Balestriere and Patrick share vocals on various tunes.

The group will play numerous hits such as “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Help!”, “Hey Jude” and many more.

“Our hardest job right now is narrowing down our playlist. There are so many Beatles hits that the audience will love, plus we all have so many of our own favorites. It’s a good problem to have,” Schaffer said.

Beatles Night is the first production of the 2016-2017 season for DAC Stage, the community theatre group of the Darien Arts Center. Popular productions of past seasons include, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, God of Carnage and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.

Tickets for Beatles Night on Sept. 24 in the DAC Weatherstone Studio, at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall, are $30.  For tickets or more information, visit darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683.

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