Final Show of 2018!
was a great success, thanks to all who helped make it so. See you in 2019!


 

WHO IS FAB 6:

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CHAD MAGNUSON:
KEYS, REEDS, VOCALS
(JESSE BRADY, FULL HOUSE, DANCER)

I grew up with these guys. I learned my first guitar chords from these guys, however some chords were beyond my reach. I embraced the changes they made from the beginning stuff to Revolver, Magical Mystery Tour and The White Album.I now have a chance to recreate some of my favorite Beatle tunes live, on stage, and I am thrilled about it. Not the easy stuff, but complicated songs that I would never have imagined I would be able to participate in.I have a group of talented and dedicated friends that are making this possible. For me, its a dream come true ! There you have it.

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PAUL CASSADY:
GUITAR, VOCALS
(JONAH AND THE WHALES)

When I was a kid, I saw The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, and that was it - I wanted to be Paul McCartney. I was already named Paul AND left-handed, so I figured it was an inevitability. I started with a tennis racket, then graduated to my first electric guitar and finally to bass. Somewhere along the line I found other influences (James Jamerson, John Paul Jones, Peter Cetera, and many others). But I always came home to The Beatles. When Fab 6 asked me to join the band, I thought - finally, I get to play all those fabulous McCartney bass lines. Not so fast. Turns out Rusty is amazingly intimate with them already. So when they said “guitar & vocals”, I knew I was in for a challenge. But having known Gary & Tilly since the 70s, and already playing with them and Jerry & Chad, I just couldn’t say no. And I am so glad I didn’t.

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TILLY:
DRUMS, VOCALS
(SLEEPERS, GENE PITNEY, CITY MOUSE)

Seriously, the very first song we learned when we agreed to have a band in ’65 with 2 guitars, bass and drums was Dizzy Miss Lizzy. I was 14 and life was forever changed. The passion for the music from that time forward has aged and intensified. It’s as fresh and exciting as ever. To get to play these songs in this way with this group of guys is very very bucket-list rewarding. Many times in this process we have said to each other_”I never heard THAT before” when discovering a new ‘rabbit hole’ on a certain song. The whole experience has been quite extraordinary. We bring it to you with all of our collective musical energy and Beatle passion

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JERRY GRAY:
KEYBOARDS, VOCALS
(LENNON TRIBUTE, STRAY VOLTAGE)

Fab 6 is a labor of love. Six musicians united in a long journey to do it right. We are all hardcore lifelong Beatles fans. Most of us started playing in bands immediately after watching the Beatles on Ed Sullivan in the Winter of '64.None of us have ever been involved in anything quite like this. We are all humbled by the Beatles music and are truly honored to get a chance to play it for you. It's a show I've wanted to pull together for a very long time-- and finally-- we're bringing it to life.

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RUSTY JONES:
BASS GUITAR, VOCALS
(NNB, SAFETY LAST, ROCKIN' PINECONES, THE FRONT PORCH SWINGING LIQUOR PIGS)

My very first public 'performance' was when I was 9 years old. Being so smitten with the Beatles, one afternoon me and three other neighbor friends made up cardboard guitars, had a splash of English Leather (via an oh-so-insightful mother), and lip-synched all of "Meet The Beatles" and a handful of their 45's for a garage full of Mom's and neighbor kids. I lived and breathed for the Beatles in 1964!

Flash ahead 11 years, in a club in Mpls and I'm an aspiring musician witnessing a band for the first time, and they are sooo good, and so inspiring and as much fun as any band I'd seen in my life. It would be my dream to play with these guys! They were Thumbs Up, and members of the band were Gary Rue, Steve 'Tilly' Thielges, and Curt Almstead, aka Curtiss A. 

And now Fab 6 is me living my lifetime dream of playing the full range of Beatles material with the guys who knocked me out in my 20's. Truly a labor of love, these songs only get more interesting over time and the guys truly among the best I've had the pleasure of working with. And love is all you need. 

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GARY RUE:
GUITAR, VOCALS
(SLEEPERS, RUE NOUVEAU, GENE PITNEY)

This wasn’t as easy as we all thought it would be. As Jerry has said, we all cut our teeth on this music, so naturally we thought we knew it inside out, piece o’cake. How wonderfully wrong we were! Many of the arrangements we all know and love were quite spontaneous, there is no written record of them, so we all have had to dive down every rabbit hole in sight to get it…right. A certain methodology on the part of those arrangements began to emerge, which helped a bit, but it was indeed a treasure hunt. We think we’ve discovered most of the precious metal, but the beauty of it is that there will always be that elusive…something.


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