|December 17th, 2004 08:32 AM
||As all years our friend Dale Ockerman, the keyboardist who replaced Nicky Hopkins when he left Quicksilver Messenger Service sent this invitation:
A "WHITE" CHRISTMAS IN SANTA CRUZ-
THE WHITE ALBUM LIVE returns to
THE RIO THEATRE center for the performingŠ
Friday, December 17th, and Saturday, the 18th
8:00 PM show, Doors at 7:00
Plus- a special show added
Sunday, Dec. 19th 3PM Matinee, Doors at 2:00
Portions of proceeds will benefit Adopt- a- Minefield, and local music in school programs. The White Album Ensemble has facilitated the raising of over $16,000 for such programs to date.
Guitars Not Guns will sponsor a Raffle benefiting their work at intermissions of all shows. In the past, fine guitars from respected manufacturers like Epiphone, and Santa Cruz Guitar Company have been included.
After ten sold out performances over the last year and a half, the White Album Ensemble is returning to the Rio Theatre (where they debuted) for a three day engagement, December 17th thru 19th.
The weekend will include both of the WAE shows, the ever popular Beatles¹ ³White² Album Live on Friday and Saturday; then Rubber Revolver (the Beatles¹ ³Rubber Soul² and ³Revolver² albums, as well as the four singles released simultaneously), on Sunday.
Press on the White album Ensemble-
"The Beatles are long gone, so we'll never get to see them play. Enter Beatles cover band The White Album Ensemble. The band has sold out many a performance of their White Album Live show, and now they're taking on Rubber Soul and Revolver for their next round of concerts. As cover bands go, this one isn¹t too shabby it boasts cellist Barry Phillips, who played 2002's Concert for George where he accompanied Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton."
"A must-see show for Beatles fansŠ"
‹ Santa Cruz Sentinel
"Šmusically, they were tighter than a hangman's nooseŠ an excellent performanceŠ"
‹ Metro Santa Cruz
³Many people felt they would enjoy the concert. But a common response in the wake of those shows was that people weren¹t merely entertained, but transformed.²
‹ Wallace Baine, Santa Cruz Sentinel, 9/25/03
(full article online)
³You will be blown away by hearing this music done impeccably by the core eight-piece Santa Cruz/Monterey-based White Album Ensemble.²
‹ Beth Peerless, Go! Magazine
(Monterey County Herald), 6/3/04
Replicating the Fab Four's many overdubbed parts on the albums requires 8 top Santa Cruz and Monterey, Ca. based musicians
THE WHITE ALBUM ENSEMBLE:
Jason Schimmel (Guitar, Keyboard, bass and Vocals)
Tiran Porter (Bass, Vocals),
Dale Ockerman (Keyboards, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, trumpet),
Ken Kraft (Guitar and Vocals,),
Alan Heit, (Vocals, and Guitar),
Michael Daugherty (Drums, vocals),
Bob Bliss (Keyboards, Guitar and Vocals),
Richard Bryant (Vocals, and Percussion).
plus special guests for the White Album Live-
Timb Harris- Violin, Trumpet
Brianna Michaud- Vocals
Natalie Singley- Vocals
(the ³Honey Pies²)
The performance will be enhanced with choreography
by Sara Wilbourne, era Video projections, full Stage Lighting
These musicians have performed and recorded with the Doobie Brothers, Estradasphere, Snail, Jerry Miller Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Little River Band, and many others.
RUBBER REVOLVER (Sunday matinee) includes
A string quartet featuring
Timb Harris (violin, trumpet)
Barry Phillips (cello, charts)
Mirandi Hostetter (violin)
Chad Kaltinger (viola)
Steve Robertson (Tabla)
Ernest Baber (Sitar)
Barry Phillips (Tamboura)
60¹s attire highly encouraged!
Tickets- 20$ student with i.d., 25$ general; 40$ White Circle (Friday and Saturday nights); 40$ Rubber Circle (Sunday matinee)
Available at Streetlight records, Santa Cruz (831) 421 9200,
online at riotheatre.com, and Rio theatre box office, day of show (unless sold out).
For more info, dates and band bios- go to