If you were thrilled when iTunes began offering songs from the Beatles catalog, you might be the kind of fan who would also get a kick out of a visit from American English, one of the most popular Beatles tribute bands. The band will perform tonight at the Orpheum. Here's what you need to know:
1) American English consists of Frank Canino as John, Eric Michaels as Paul, Doug Couture as George and Tom Gable as Ringo.
2) The group's set list covers songs from the Beatles' career from 1963 through 1970, including early hits like "She Loves You" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand," to songs off the final albums such as "Abbey Road" and "Let It Be."
3) Sam Leach, the original Beatles promoter from Liverpool (several people have laid claim to that role), now promotes and manages American English, which he has described as "the Beatles incarnate."
4) During their performances, the members of American English typically change costumes three times — first wearing the classic gray suits the Beatles wore during their famous appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," then in costumes from the psychedelic era of "Magical Mystery Tour" and finally in hippie-ish garb from the late '60s.
5) American English also has a concert set that concludes with songs by Paul McCartney and Wings.
Tonight's performance is at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum, 200 N. Broadway. Tickets range from $18 to $28 at Select-A-Seat outlets, www.selectaseat.com, and employee clubs. Charge by phone, 316-755-SEAT. Box office, 316-263-0884.