American English, acclaimed Beatles
tribute band, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ world-changing
appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The performance, American English presents February 1964, will take place Saturday,
Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m.,
almost 50 years to the day after that historic performance,in
the ECC Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
On February 9, 1964, an astounding 73
million people tuned in to watch the Beatles make their American television
debut. Fifty years later, this once-in-a-lifetime concert experience will
capture the sights, sounds, songs, and excitement of that day complete with the
American English, hailed by original Beatles’ promoter Sam Leach as “the world's
premier Beatle Tribute band,”
and Bob Rumba, an Ed Sullivan impersonator.
Rumba is a Midwest-based professional
ventriloquist, comic and Hollywood-lookalike (Groucho, Charlie Chaplin, Barney
Fife, Stan Laurel, Peter Sellers), in addition to a host of other talents. He
has appeared on TV shows like "America's Funniest People,"
"Oprah," "Human Factor," (BBC) and numerous TV commercials.
His spot-on impersonation of Ed Sullivan even features the beloved mouse puppet
Topo Gigio, a classic character from The Ed Sullivan Show.
American English has won numerous awards,
including the Illinois Entertainer of the Year award, and has been voted
"Best Tribute Band" by fans in the Chicagoland area. The band has
shared the stage with musical headliners such as The Grassroots, The Neville
Brothers, Three Dog Night, The Ides of March, Eric Burdon, The Buckinghams, The
Doobie Bros., Badfinger, Gary Sinise's Lieutenant Dan Band, and many others.
Tickets for AmericanEnglish presents
February 1964 are $35.A three-course, pre-show dinner
prepared by ECC’s award-winning Culinary Arts and Hospitality program and
inspired by the British invasion can be purchased online for an additional $29.
Menu will include a mixed green salad, bangers and apple mash, and a sticky
toffee pudding. Dinners are
served at 5:30 p.m. in the Spartan Terrace Restaurant, located in the lobby of
the ECC Arts Center. Dinners must be ordered on or before Monday, February 3. Tickets
for all performances in the ECC Arts Center are available online at
tickets.elgin.edu or at the ECC box office located in the arts center. Box
office hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m.
Friday and Saturday. To purchase tickets by phone, call 847-622-0300. All major
credit cards are accepted.
For more information about the ECC Arts
Center, visit elgin.edu/arts. Video clips of upcoming artists and events can be
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