White Album Ensemble - West End Celebration Kick Off Party
The White Album Ensemble and special guest, Porsche Smith, kick off the three day West End Celebration on Friday, August 17, from 7:30pm to 11pm at Carmel Stone Imports, 1725 Contra Costa Ave., in Sand City. The Kick Off Party is a fundraiser for the West End Celebration and Guitars Not Guns.
The White Album Ensemble
It began as a Luthier’s dream, to put together a crack team of top local musicians to perform the Beatles’ “White Album” live, in a theatre setting with lights, dance and a full-screen video presentation. After selling out both debut shows and creating a considerable buzz, the vibe persuaded the group to keep on doing more concerts. There is no attempt to be a “look alike” or “tribute” band; this is more like a symphony performing Bach or Mozart.
The White Album Ensemble has spent months in rehearsal, and thorough research to make these performances authentic. They wondered “How would the Beatles have approached this as a live performance?” and made that the virtual standard for decisions about instrumentation and arrangements. As the Beatles post-touring catalog has been explored in depth, the solo careers of Beatles is a treasure trove of great material, so the band now includes a number of those gems.
With lush lyricism, bluesy vocals, and a knack for crafty guitar riffs, singer/songwriter Porsche Smith is commanding a crowd all her own. Having shared stages with John Legend, India.Arie, Slakah the Beatchild, Eric Darius, and many other acclaimed artists -- as a skilled musician and producer, Porsche continues to pave one incredibly independent road to critical success. No stranger to accolades, the California-native (representing the Bay area) was a Take Back the Music Campaign feature in Essence Magazine, and won both the John Lennon Songwriting Award and John Legend’s Be Legendary contest. Smith has also collaborated with guitarist Justin Lyon’s of K-Pop’s Big Bang Band, and also wrote for Deonis Cook (Jill Scott) and Carmen Rodgers from The Foreign Exchange, quickly establishing herself as one of the most versatile, must-hear artists on the rise today. Smith will open the show with her fresh face and impressive musical dexterity.
Tickets & Information
Party doors will open at 7 PM and tickets will be $25 in advance, and $30 at the door.