When The Beatles first set foot in the United States, they topped the charts and attracted millions of fans. Fifty years later, “Beatlemania” is still alive and will storm Chapel Hill tonight.
Hosted by Carolina Creates, “All You Need is Love” will commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in the U.S.. Student bands will come together at Chapel Hill Underground on Rosemary Street to celebrate by playing Beatles hits along with their own compositions.
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Chapel Hill Underground
“The idea started in the team because a lot of people were fans of The Beatles,” said senior Patrick Carney, co-director of Carolina Creates’ music division. “I think most musicians appreciate the influence of the band on music culture.”
In addition to paying tribute to The Beatles, Carney also seeks to use this event to promote student musicians — the goal of Carolina Creates Music.
The featured performers include Carolina Sidekicks, Sloth, Moneybox and sophomore singer-songwriter Aline Martins. Carney is part of the group Carolina Sidekicks.
“We were all sort of the sidekicks in our other projects,” he said. “We thought it’d be fun to get together and form a group that would just go out and play covers of songs we all really like, taking turns fronting the band so we’re not sidekicks all the time.”
The band will be playing Beatles songs already in their repertoire, while Martins will be performing their songs with her own twist.
“I’m going to do ‘All My Loving’ — it’s going to be a pretty jazzy rendition of it, my take on Amy Winehouse’s version,” Martins said. “It’s like a cover of a cover.”
Martins often performs for different organizations on campus but said as a devoted Beatles fan, she’s excited for “All You Need is Love.”
“I immediately started thinking about a set list after they contacted me,” she said.
Carolina Creates also held a promotional contest on the Facebook event page encouraging people to post their favorite Beatles songs. A poster will be chosen randomly to receive two free tickets.
Senior Shezeen Ali, Carolina Creates Music’s director of marketing, said the response to the event has been very positive.
“I knew there would be fans, but I’ve been even more surprised by how many people are enthusiastic,” she said. “Their favorite music wouldn’t necessarily be rock, but they love The Beatles.”
Senior Ian Porter, event coordination chairman and host of the event, is also an avid Beatles fan.
“That’s what’s exciting about them — throughout the years they evolved as they grew older. You’ll see very different phases of The Beatles throughout the night,” he said.
“You can’t go wrong with any songs with them. You never can.”
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