This is a guest article by John Cherry the author of Better Than Lennon, a book that explores who was the better musician John Lennon or Paul McCartney – Simon

From 8-11 on the night of February 6th, Beatle tribute band “The Glass Onion” played a wide array of Fab Four songs to the crowd that filled the Lake Osprey Village Cabaret. The Cabaret, under the capable direction of Jack Kubes, has the warm feel of a cozy nightclub. The acoustics work quite well and the tables and sofas that are available for seating add comfort for the spectators.

“The Glass Onion Band” played their first show in the area about 18 months ago. Since that time, they have played at numerous locations in the Sarasota/Bradenton/Venice area. Their skills and repertoire have developed on a consistent basis since their initial performance. The show is an interesting mix of The Beatles big hits, plus a number of lesser known songs, or tunes that are well-known, but not often performed by tribute performers. Unlike other bands, the group makes no real effort to mimic the Beatles personalities. It is mostly about the music, and the benefit goes to the listener.

On this night, there were numerous musical highlights. The show is mostly done in chronological order, and the second half clearly showed the band’s overall talent. On “Rain,” the bass playing of Fred Rios was superb, complimenting the excellent drum work of Johnny McMillan. The lead guitar work of Steve Markovic was highly accurate all night, as his solos kept the songs authentic. Musical director Robin Skinner handled many of the vocals, the keyboard and synthesizer portions of songs. His talent helps drive the group. Marti Bullard is also a multi-talented performer, heading many vocals and adding harmonies, but also playing effective rhythm, and occasionally, lead guitar “Michelle” was introduced as a new song by the group this night and performed with great care and precision. Most of the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album was played, including the rarely heard “Lovely Rita.” Other standouts were “Here Comes the Sun,” and “Come Together.”

The band plays mostly weekends throughout the Sarasota area. If you love The Beatles and are in the area, I suggest you check out, and find out when the band is performing.

Plans are underway for an auction of Beatle and related memorabilia, along with a performance of “The Glass Onion Band,” to benefit the “Alzheimer’s Association,” and a book signing of “Better Than Lennon-The Music and Talent of Paul McCartney.” The date, likely in either April or May, will be announced soon.

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