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Liverpool (Beatles Tribute)
with The Benders

Saturday, June 30th, 2012
Kearney Amphitheater

Price: $20.00 at the gate starting at 6:00pm

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Liverpool

Liverpool has spared no expense to put together a live show that accurately portrays the look and sound of The Beatles. From mop-top hair to vintage guitars and amplifiers, accurate stage costuming and a one-of-a-kind video show, a Liverpool performance takes you on a magical journey to where it all began. There's even some "Beatle humour" thrown in for good measure.

You are invited on a magical trip back to the beginning where it all began...Liverpool. From the mop-top hair to the authentic costumes and vintage guitars, no expense has been spared to duplicate the Fab Four's dynamic stage look and sound.

Liverpool's performance spans the entire Beatles career from "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!" to Abbey Road. The presentation is powerful and their enthusiasm is contagious.

A Liverpool experience has it all: The Look...The Sound...The Songs!

Liverpool began paying tribute to The Beatles more than 20 years ago in Kansas City. Three members of the legendary Kansas City band The Crayons started the tribute and continue as original members to this day - Larry Kips (as John), Gary Butler (as Ringo) and Steve Davis (as George). In the beginning, the trio recruited Jimmy Bond from Plain Jane (now in the Kansas Music Hall of Fame) to round out their fab lineup as Paul. Bond retired from playing with Liverpool in 2006, and bass duties fell to Scott Duncan. Since 2007, the part of Paul has been played by Dave Tanner.

Check out Liverpool's music and tour schedule at http://www.liverpoolband.com/.

A blast of the past with The Benders

Drummer and vocalist Byron Brewer first fronted "The Benders" on Oct. 28, 1985. Coincidently, that was also the time of his most recent haircut. As the leader of "The Benders" Byron often claims that his hair is more popular than he is.

Joining Byron in the four-man group that produces melodius 50s and 60s show tunes are saxophonist / vocalist Kevin May, guitarist / vocalist Johnny Cruz fresh from a 4 year vacation, and Bassist Larry "Campy" Campanello.

May, who has been playing both guitar and saxophone for over 40 years, grew up in Wichita and attended Wichita State University, where he studied music, May went on to teach at Wichita State before joining "The Benders in 1990.

In 1998, May left "The Benders" for a gig with the internationally acclaimed group "Roomful of blues." As a member of that group, May was able to perform with artists such as Ray Charles, Ike Turner, and The Blues Brothers Band. A desire to raise his family in the Wichita brought Kevin back to the Midwest in 1999, and he re-joined "The Benders" in 2003.

Guitarist Cruz is a Law enforcement officer when not rocking and after a 4 year retirement brings back to the stage his polished vocal and guitar skills.

Rounding out The Benders is Bassist Larry "Campy" Campanello. Recently re-joining the band after a two year "vacation " Campy brings his unique bass, vocal and fashion flare to the band in addition to the often imitated but never duplicated "Campy Shuffle"

One of the most common questions besides "Is that your real hair?" is how the group gets its name, "The Benders". This is a question, the group says, that has a combination of answers, one gruesome and one logical.

The unique answer to that question is that one day when looking for a group name, the men stumbled across a newspaper clipping that told of a family in Southeastern Kansas with the last name of Benders. As the story goes, the Benders family set up a restaurant and were suspected of murdering some of their diners.

Making a long story short, the men combined the fact that many of the great bands from the 1950s used the naming format of "The _______," and the story they found about the Benders in the mid-nineteenth century, to come up with the benders.

Check out The Benders's music and tour schedule at http://www.thebenders.net/.


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