Beatles experience to hit Wimmera

BEATLEMANIA will hit Warracknabeal in November when a Beatles tribute band comes to town.

Rubber Soul will perform at a 'Warracknabeatles' cabaret to raise money for Rural Northwest Health and Woodbine on November 1.

Woodbine chief executive Bernie O'Connor said Melbourne-based Rubber Soul was one of Australia's best tribute bands.

He said he booked the band for the event after seeing it perform in Melbourne.

"I had to get up really close and check that they were playing their instruments because the sound was so precise, it could easily have been a record playing," he said.

"I was just amazed by how good they were. It's a totally authentic Beatles experience.

"They are not just a cover band playing Beatles songs. It is The Beatles' music sung and played like The Beatles played it, 100 per cent accurately and full of energy."

Mr O'Connor said the band used instruments preferred by The Beatles, including Rickenbacker and Epiphone guitars, Hofner bass and Vox amplifiers.

Rubber Soul has toured nationally and internationally and performed on the popular ABC television program Spicks and Specks.

"I would guarantee the Wimmera hasn't seen a band like this before," Mr O'Connor said.

"If you ever want to experience exactly what it would have been like to see The Beatles live, this is the greatest opportunity you will ever have.

"By attending the show you will be supporting two of the most important community organisations in the region Woodbine and Rural Northwest Health."

Money raised from the evening will go towards an exercise garden for Rural Northwest Health's redevelopment and an interactive white board for Woodbine's new accommodation block in Noall Street.

Mr O'Connor said staff members from Woodbine and Rural Northwest Health had formed a committee to organise the Warracknabeatles cabaret.

He said people could call Julie O'Brien at Woodbine on 5398 2166 or Rural Northwest Health reception on 5396 1200 during office hours to make a booking.

He said tickets could also be bought at CraftWorks in Scott Street, Warracknabeal, phone 5398 1999. Tickets were $50 each and table bookings were also available.

Mr O'Connor said he expected tickets to sell quickly because of the limited availability of seats and the unique opportunity on offer.

"I can promise you that the region will be talking about this for months afterwards," he said.

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