02.08.13 | Bambi Kino | Union Hall

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first visiting America and as part of the celebrations, Bambi Kino, played the fittingly dank basement of Union Hall. Bambi Kino, the very high concept Beatles tribute that features Doug Gillard (ex-Guided By Voices), Mark Rozzo (Maplewood), Ira Elliot (Nada Surf), and Erik Paparazzi (Cat Power), perform only the covers that the Beatles did back when they were living in Hamburg, Germany playing venues like The Star-Club and Bambi Kino (hence the name).

Playing three "sets" (really one show with two breaks), they covered a satisfying collection of hits from the era, including "Hippy Hippy Shake", "Lend Me Your Comb", "Twist and Shout", "Mr. Moonlight", "To Know Her is to Love Her" and more. They also closed out the show with a preview of the songs they would play the next day at The Fest, "the premier Beatles convention in the world", including "I Want To Hold Your Hand".

It was a great experience and confirmed my suspicions that I was clearly born in the wrong decade. It's great to see bands like Bambi Kino interpreting the Beatles and other artists of the era in a fresh way. I hope to see them more often and not only during a major milestone in Beatles history!

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