There is no small number of Beatles cover bands. Word is however, that this is the one to see. Touted as “the Definitive Beatles Experience,” Twist & Shout, who perform Wednesday at Montalvo’s Carriage House Theatre, is a near-spot-on, multi-media tribute to the Fab Four. From the look, style and instruments to the moves and musical delivery, Twist and Shout concerts are tear- and nostalgia-inducing events that bring most audience members about as close to a Beatles experience as they’ll ever get.
Starting shows with the matching-outfit, British Invasion era of Beatlemania and Ed Sullivan, moving through the mind-expanding and experimental Maharishi years, and into the culturally and socially revolutionary late-1960s, Twist & Shout is a down-to-the-details, informed and respectful nod to one of the most beloved, well-known and successful bands of all time.
With their completist approach and repertoire, it has been said that there is no Beatles song that Twist and Shout can’t handle. The band is so confident in their repertoire that they even have a request portion of their shows where audience members can text in the songs that they would like to hear and the band members oblige.
Top-notch musicians in their own right, the Twist and Shout band includes Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney) and Jim Owen (John Lennon), both of whom were principles in the wildly popular and successful symphonic show “Classical Mystery Tour.”
Traversing a timeline of Beatles albums from Please Please Me through Help!, Rubber Soul and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and on to Abbey Road and Let It Be, Twist and Shout is a beautifully-produced, high-energy romp through the sights, sounds and spirit of the Beatles. If an opportunity to see the legendary band live never came around, this just might be the next best thing.