The Beatles tribute band Rain comes to Century II Concert Hall next week for two performances presented by Theater League. Here's what you need to know:
1) Rain covers the Fab Four from the early 1960s through the psychedelic late '60s and into their long-haired, hard-rocking hippie days. Band members not only perform the parts of Paul, John, George and Ringo, but they also show historical footage and TV commercials from the '60s to put the audience in a nostalgic frame of mind.
2) The band says that what sets it apart from other tribute bands is that it treats the Beatles catalog as classical music. "They're the Mozarts of pop ," Rain keyboardist Mark Lewis has said of the Beatles.
3) Rain began as a club band in the 1970s in California, but morphed into a tribute band after being recruited by Dick Clark for his 1979 film, " Birth of The Beatles." In 1982, a production of "Beatlemania" on Broadway closed and Rain officially became an offshoot of the production.
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4) Rain tours the country as a full theatrical production and, according to Pollstar, is the highest grossing act of its kind. Pollstar reported that in 2007, Rain was No. 17 among the 20 highest ticket-selling bands and live performances.
Rain will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the Theater League Broadway Series at Century II Concert Hall. Tickets are $39 and $49 at www.wichitatix.com or by calling 316-219-4849.