On Saturday June 7th, hundreds of Gen-X music fans flooded 89 North to hear some of their favorite pop hits of all time. The Liverpool Shuffle, a tribute to The Beatles, and 45 RPM, the cheesiest ’70s cover band around, were ready to deliver energetic and downright fun sets to the room full of live music fans.
It’s always a treat to hear live music, but it’s especially cool when a tribute band provides an experience that you can’t get anywhere else. The Liverpool Shuffle almost (ALMOST!) could have been The Beatles, if you closed your eyes.
Some fans grabbed a craft beer and a table, but most weren’t missing this opportunity to dance around to songs that just aren’t that easy to come across live these days. The Liverpool Shuffle played for two hours straight, but time sure does fly when you’re having fun. The band soared through so many of the bands hits that fans could have wanted to hear. When paying tribute to a catalog so vast, it’s hard to hit every corner of it, but the band did so with ease.
The Beatles, being a very dynamic (not to mention esteemed) band, are a difficult band to do justice, but The Liverpool Shuffle seemed to have no problem performing the upbeat, poppy songs such as “Saw Her Standing There” as well as the deeper, rock croons such as “Oh, Darlin.”
Before the crowd knew it, The Liverpool Shuffle wrapped their long, but still too short, set up. The good news was that the night was only halfway over. The crowd used the brief intermission to grab a slice, grab a seat, or grab a conversation before 45 RPM hit the stage.
There was no room to be tired from the first epic set once the second one started. 45 RPM are naturally energizing, not to mention refreshing. Not your typical cover band, 45 RPM covers a variety of hits from the ’70s that are rarely, if ever, touched by other bands. Their set is always a nice trip down memory lane with a hell of a soundtrack.
As the band soared through often forgotten classics such as “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Captain and Tennille and “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart” by Elton John and Kiki Dee, the crowds memories stirred as they sang along to every word.
A highlight of any 45 RPM set is always when they soar through a medley of classic TV show theme songs, but this night was particularly heavy on The Partridge Family, with songs such as “I Think I Love You” and “I Woke Up In Love”. No matter the age of any audience member, they were sure to feel 16 again.
The musicality of 45 RPM only compliments their song selection, and it is especially a treat when female fronted jams such as “Venus” are sung by the drummer, without her missing a single beat.
All good things must come to an end, and 45 RPM closed the night out with an epic rendition of Steams “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”.
Check out the 89northmusic.com calendar to see when you can catch 45 RPM on our stage again!