Usually when you attend a concert where the band is "covering" a classic band or artist, you're never sure what you're going to get. Sometimes the show is just plain "cheesy", sometimes the musicianship is bad, and sometimes the singing isn't the greatest. Over the past few years, area summer festivals have hosted, Tom Petty, Rolling Stones and the Eagles tribute bands. I was there for all of these shows, and don't get me wrong, I admire these performers for their love of great classic rock artists, but let's just say "some shows were better than others".

Now what should you expect from the Beatles tribute band that is playing in Cedar Falls, September 26th? No wigs, no accents, no black suits, the brothers in the band do not try to impersonate the "Fab Four", but rather honor the music and memories that people have of what, quite possibly was, and still is, the most popular band in the world. Plus, they do the show to honor their late father who loved the Beatles. Now, that's the way to do a tribute show.

"Yesterday and Today" is a high energy and entertaining interactive Beatles experience featuring brothers Billy, Ryan and Matthew McGuigan with a backing band. Something unique about this tribute band is, they take audience requests before the show and at intermission, so no two shows are ever the same. Think about that, apparently they've memorized and can play the entire Beatles catalog. That's impressive.

Tickets are on sale now, and space is limited. The show will, of course, follow social distancing protocols and be outside, (including wearing masks) in the South ITC parking lot on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The drive-in concert starts at 4pm, Saturday, September 26. The lot opens at 2:30 p.m. Pod tickets start at $65; car tickets start at $45 and can be purchased here.

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