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Beatles Fest West Day 2: Getting Better All the Time
[Posted by Jude Kessler on Sunday, 10/11/09 6:59 am] [Full Blog] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Day 2 at San Francisco's Fest for Beatles Fans was, incredibly, even better than Day 1. Jon Polk arrived with his Box of Vision (the artful CD display case for the remastered CD's and fab coffee table book on the artwork of the CD's...lovely). The acoustic, New Age-ish Bartron Tyler Group who coffeehouse version of Beatles songs is entrancing made the scene.

And Drew Harrison rocked the house with the Sun Kings in his immaculate Lennon impersonation. If you haven't seen him, Lennon Luvers, he is spot-on. His "Julia" made me cry. Not just tear-up: cry. And his "Revolution" is maddeningly great. I've never seen a "Lennon" capture the "off-camera" expressions as consistently, even when his back is more or less turned to the audience. And he has even developed the Lennon slumped shoulder hunch over the guitar, the cross-over soft shoe, the toe walk across the stage, and the failure to be able to remember his words or keep his guitar in tune. All John. Bravo.

But the surprise gem of the day was 17-year-old Christina Trillo whose bluesy, gutsy, cutting-edge rendition of Beatles and Lennon standards gives them a 2000's twist. Trillo, a real estate assistant who grew up "being forced to listen to The Beatles," is now a voluntary fan, in her own right, and her performances at BeatlesFestWest proved that she is gifted student of their genre. Backed by Rick Olson (who also arranged her songs), Trillo gave the San Fran crowd a soulful rendition of "Real Love" and a gut-wrenching performance of "I'm Losin' You'." But when asked what her favorite Beatles tune is, she replied, "A Day in the Life," because it "shows both John Lennon's style and Paul McCartney's style." Unlike me, she doesn't take sides.

Trillo has "been singing since she could talk" and although she could clearly model as well, her heart is in singing. She has been receiving professional voice training for ten years...and it shows. Her Beatles songs are lovely and unique.

To get a copy of Chritina's CD, go to her web page.

One more day at Beatles Fest West 2009! Acoustic bands, Bruce Spizer takes the stage, and many more surprises. Come out and enjoy. Have a glass of wine and relax to fantastic music. See you there!

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