Beatles Night at Portland’s State Theatre gets writeup in Rolling Stone

Spencer Albee’s annual Beatles Night — a blowout concert featuring a who’s who of Portland musicians doing creative covers of songs by the Fab Four, as well as solo stuff — is always a highlight of the year in music in Portland. This year’s sold-out event on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the State Theatre attracted the attention of Rolling Stone, which ran a flattering review of the concert online this week. 

Albee, known for his solo albums, as a former member of Rustic Overtones and for his work with the bands As Fast As and Spencer & the School Spirit Mafia, organizes the event for many reasons — he’s a huge Beatles fan, and an ardent supporter of local music, to name just a few. This year’s event featured performers including soul singer Kenya Hall, alt-pop singer Sara Hallie Richardson, indie-psych songwriter Jeff Beam, rocker Dominic Lavoie, r&b singer Zach Jones, songwriter Melvern Taylor, and Albee’s former bandmate Dave Gutter from Rustic Overtones, who belted out a searing version of “Helter Skelter.”

63-atlgRolling Stone writer Patrick Doyle noted that the full string and horn orchestration and the addition of a bagpipe band for a performance of Paul McCartney’s “Mull of Kintyre” took the concert over the top. Doyle noted that “The Beatles remain the toughest band in the world to cover; it even took McCartney decades to learn how to pull his own songs off live. But this show proved those songs can live on long after he stops.”

Emily Burnham

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Emily Burnham is a Maine native, a UMaine graduate, a proud Bangorian and an arts and lifestyle writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food, from media and the Internet to theater and dance. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra, to name just a few. She's interested in everything -- especially if it happens in Maine. She welcomes any and all feedback or suggestions for stories.