The Fab Four in Morristown: Warm Valentines for a cold night

Gilbert Bonilla (John Lennon) and George Trullinger (Ed Sullivan) mix it up as Erik Fidel (Ringo Starr) looks on, with The Fab Four in Morristown, Valentine's Day 2015. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Gilbert Bonilla (John Lennon) and George Trullinger (Ed Sullivan) mix it up as Erik Fidel (Ringo Starr) looks on, with The Fab Four in Morristown, Valentine's Day 2015. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Three of The Fab Four...Ersatz John may have been delivering a Valentine to Ersatz Yoko. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Three of The Fab Four…Ersatz John may have been delivering a Valentine to Ersatz Yoko. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

 

The Beatles took America by storm in February 1964 … by snowstorm.

So it seemed fitting for The Fab Four to rekindle some warm memories on a cold, snowy Valentine’s night in Morristown.

Yes, it’s a bit silly.  Twenty-first century men in shaggy wigs and goofy suits, pretending to be the 20th century’s most iconic entertainers.

But if you sit in the balcony and go with the flow, they are guaranteed to raise a smile. You will leave feeling happier than when you came in.

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A franchise with rotating members, The Fab Four has earned its place among the top Beatles tribute bands by honoring the original tunes, which are timeless, and the sense of fun that made the real Fab Four so appealing at the time.

Saturday’s lineup featured founding member Ardy Sarraf as Paul, Gilbert Bonilla as John, Gavin Pring (a native Liverpudlian) as George, and Erik Fidel as the very under-rated Ringo. George Trullinger was back as a wonderfully wacky Ed Sullivan, making sure nobody took themselves too seriously.

The musicianship was first-rate; these ersatz Beatles can claim feats that the real ones never attempted — live performances from Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road.

As the mercury continues to nose-dive this weekend, one song from Saturday’s show keeps replaying, wishfully, in my mental jukebox.

Here Comes the Sun…

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Gilbert Bonilla (John Lennon) and George Trullinger (Ed Sullivan) mix it up as Erik Fidel (Ringo Starr) looks on, with The Fab Four in Morristown, Valentine's Day 2015. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Gilbert Bonilla (John Lennon) and George Trullinger (Ed Sullivan) mix it up as Erik Fidel (Ringo Starr) looks on, with The Fab Four in Morristown, Valentine’s Day 2015. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

 

 

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