Love Street's Gala Tribute to The Beatles will benefit Children through Music

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Love Street Light Circus announces the third Gala Tribute to the Beatles will be held at the Crystal Ballroom in the Post Rice Lofts. The gala will benefit Love Street's Tonic program, which brings live music to hundreds of patients and family members at Texas Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children every month.

The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Hotel has seen its share of music legends through the years, but never has it hosted an event like the 2011 Love Street Light Circus Tribute to the Beatles Gala. The Beatles tribute bands Abbey Rode and The Fab 5 will join Johnny and the Spinsations to pay tribute to the Boys from Liverpool with four hours of unforgettable music.

Legendary rock deejay Dana Steele will host the event, with a speaking appearance by an authentic Beatles insider - Ken Mansfield, former U.S. manager of the Beatles' Apple Records.

“Come Together”, as the event is appropriately dubbed, is more than a concert. Fitting of the ballroom setting, it is a faithful reproduction of treasured classics in true gala form. And instead of the usual rubber chicken, Mikki's Café will provide generous helpings of Rubber Soul food.

The event was conceived and arranged by local music nonprofit Love Street Light Circus. The organization’s primary mission is to bring music to local children’s hospitals. “We find that events like Come Together are a great outreach tool in support of our hospital music program,” said Love Street founder Patrick Waites. “The musicians are inspired both by the cause and the opportunity to perform in such a unique setting.”

Proceeds will benefit Love Street’s own Tonic program. The Tonic program brings live music to hundreds of patients and family members at Texas Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children every month.

The Love Street “Come Together” Gala occurs on September 16, 2011, from 7pm to Midnight.

About Love Street Light Circus

Love Street Light Circus, a Houston-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, staged a similarly grand event in the past, with success. For its inaugural event, dubbed White Album for Purple Songs, the nonprofit assembled six bands and an ad hoc orchestra to perform the Beatles’ White Album live on stage at the Rice Hotel. That event, which marked the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ eponymous landmark double album, raised $10,000 for the Purple Songs Can Fly Project, a unique music program at Texas Children’s Cancer Center.

When not staging gala events or providing bands for other charity gatherings, the organization sponsors a regular music series at Shriners Hospital for Children and Texas Children’s Cancer Center, known as TONIC (“Taking Our Noise into Children’s Hospitals). In addition to local music-scene stalwarts including Jeremy Osborn of Wayside Drive and Myrna Sanders of Kozmic Pearl, TONIC performances have included Santana lead singer Andy Vargas and four-time Grammy winner David de la Garza of La Mafia.

In a nod to Houston’s musical past, Love Street Light Circus takes its name from Love Street Light Circus and Feelgood Machine, the city’s premiere psychedelic music club in the late 1960s. “People have fond memories of the old club,” said Patrick Waites, Director of Love Street Light Circus. “In fact, the club’s founder, artist David Adickes, agreed to give the group access to some of his old items from the venue. He appreciates that we are making an effort to keep its memory alive for a good cause.” The group paid homage to both the club and the Beatles last year, when it recreated the famous “rooftop concert” from atop the International Coffee Building on Commerce Street where the club was located.

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