John, Paul, George and Ringo graced the stage at Main Street Live on Friday night, or at least their likenesses, as Beatles tribute band Rubber Soul performed another entertaining set of tuneful songs from the Fab Four.
Like last year, the crowd was huge, close to 2,000, besting the 1,800 last year, and the reaction was enthusiastic. No doubt about it, the band was hot — and so was the weather. However, the threat of rain was just that, and the showers held off until the show was over at around 9:15 p.m. after a couple of encores.
The Beatles repertoire was well represented, with early career tunes like “Please Please Me,” and “I Saw Her Standing There,” on up to late ’60s classics like “Yellow Submarine,” and even a performance of “Helter Skelter” as one of their encores.
There are lots of great things one could say about Rubber Soul’s show. The outfits were conspicuously mod, the instruments authentic, the mannerisms true to form, but the highlight had to be the soaring Beatles harmonies which were almost uncannily accurate. You could close your eyes and be taken straight back to the ’60s by the sound of one of the era’s defining bands.
Rounding out the evening was a performance by Miss Country Sunshine, Jaclyn Torrento, who will be competing at the Miss Tennessee Pageant this week. The talented and beautiful young lady performed several tunes, accompanying herself on guitar for a couple songs.
She pointed out she had only been playing for a couple months, but despite the short learning period she did herself quite proud, and looked stunning while she did it. The crowd wished her well at the pageant by giving her a heartfelt sendoff with a rousing round of applause.