By Priya Hutner ·
July 3 | 6 p.m., doors open at 5
Advance $35 adults | $15 ages 7-12 | Free 6 & younger | $5 more at the door
Tahoe Donner Driving Range | Tahoe Donner
Beatles or Stones? No need to chose, as Tahoe Donner brings the sounds of both bands to its annual Concert on the Green on July 3 with two British tribute bands.
Beatle’s tribute band Britain’s Finest covers the best of the Beatles. “This is not just a love for the Beatles, I am passionate about them,” says Robert J. Bielma, who embodies the persona of George Harrison persona in performances. “We are all Beatle nerds.”
The band formed in 2011 and each of the members is well versed in Beatle mania.
“We’ve studied hours of tapes, interviews and concerts to make our show authentic and master the accents and phrasing of the Beatle … we impersonate,” Bielma says.
The fact that Bielma and the band are the youngest tribute band brings a fresh perspective to this musical experience, he says “There was so much talent in that one band, George Harrison was a great songwriter in his own right, but often overshadowed by Lennon and McCartney.”
“When we do a meet and greet after the show, people are so excited about our performances,” Bielma says. “Everyone has their favorite Beatle they connect with.”
Paul McCartney persona Benjamin Chadwick says that he loves harmony and Brian Wilson, while Ringo Starr impersonator Luis G. Renteria says that he is not only a Beatles fan but also loves Death Metal and The Smashing Pumpkins. Tyson Kelly, performing as John Lennon, comes from a musical family and his father wrote some of the biggest hits of the 80s.
Also performing at the Concert on the Green is The Glimmer Twins, a Rolling Stones Tribute band that have been lauded by the Stones themselves. Mick Jagger impersonator Keith Call and Bernie Bollendorf as guitarist Keith Richard are uncannily like the legendary icons that they embody. All of the band members said that they are huge Stones fans and personify the band during their heyday.
“The Glimmer Twins is a name Mick Jagger and Keith Richards referred to themselves after a women at a bar in South America was trying to figure out who they were and asked them to give her glimmer,” Call explains of the band’s name.
One of Call’s favorite songs to perform is “Midnight Rambler,” he says.
“It brings out the best of Jagger on stage, it is such a theatrical song,” he says
“Our vision is to bring our audience back into time and allow them to buy into the illusion for a little bit,” Call explains. “It’s amazing how many people come up to us after our show and tell their story and experience of seeing the Stones.”
Settle in, bring a picnic and take a retro ride with the music of two of the biggest bands in history. Summer Concert on the Green is an all-ages event and will take place under the stars at the Tahoe Donner Driving Range, located next to Trout Creek Recreation Center.
Food will be available on site from Morgan’s Lobster Shack or bring a picnic. Low-back chairs only allowed. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit tahoedonner.com.