Tag archives: The Beatles

On Tour with Ivor
By Richard Mineards   |   March 12, 2024

How fitting that on the 60th anniversary of The Beatles “invasion” of America, an old friend, Ivor Davis – who toured with the Fab Four as an “embedded” correspondent for the London Daily Express, one of the world’s largest newspapers at the time with five million readers – should give a fascinating talk at the […]

Beatles, Eubanks and You 
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 13, 2024

Programming an event during SBIFF can be an iffy affair, but booking The Beatles would seem to stand a pretty good chance of success. The Fab Four of course aren’t showing up, but the producers of 60 Years of Beatlemania! have come up with the next best thing. Make that “things”, plural.  The February 9 […]

Ybarra Does the Beatles 
By Steven Libowitz   |   January 9, 2024

Over the years, we’ve seen Santa Barbara native Tony Ybarra in a wide variety of settings. One of the most sought-after Spanish/Latin guitarists on the West Coast, Ybarra is also an active composer and recording artist whose music has been featured in such TV shows as Dexter and Madam Secretary. He’s performed with jazz composer […]

Fear Turns into Needed Hope
By Mark Leisure   |   August 5, 2021

I’m going to reveal something right here you may not know about me: I’m a 6 on the Enneagram, the ancient personality typing system that dates back before Christianity, which is at the heart of the fear-based triad of types. So as scary as the idea of catching COVID was, the lockdown worked for me, […]

Bringing Back the Beatles: ETC Music Benefit Honors the Fab Four
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 1, 2021

For Ensemble Theatre Company’s education director Brian McDonald, the theme for this year’s fundraiser for the ETC’s education and outreach programs was a bit of a no-brainer: “Come Together.” After all, the title of the Beatles song from their penultimate album provides the perfect prescription for emerging from a pandemic that has kept people apart […]

Santa Barbara Music Man Alan Parsons is Being Elevated — and How!
By Richard Mineards   |   June 24, 2021

Alan Parsons, 72, who lives and works from a multi-million dollar recording studio on an organic avocado ranch in the Goleta foothills with his wife, Lisa, has been awarded an OBE — Order of the British Empire — for his work over the decades in Queen Elizabeth’s birthday honors list. “I actually heard from the […]

Morris Embraces The Beatles
By Steven Libowitz   |   May 3, 2018

Mark Morris got on the phone only a few minutes after the interviewer finished reading the latest about the furor surrounding Michelle Wolf’s controversial set at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Quickly it was apparent – but not surprising – that the choreographer famous for creating dances to curated classical music can be as crude […]

Ham It up
By Richard Mineards   |   April 5, 2018

Our tony town’s Rescue Mission hosted its annual Easter Feast for our community’s more impoverished residents, and for the 11th year my trusty shutterbug, Priscilla, and I volunteered our services as waiters. Kitchen director Wesley Jones served 320 pounds of ham, 200 pounds of potatoes, 360 pounds of carrots, and 75 pounds of peas to […]

Let It Be As It Might Have Been
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 29, 2018

More than 55 years since The Beatles booked their first gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, and nearly half a century since John, Paul, George, and Ringo played their famous last concert together on the roof of Apple Records in London, Beatlemania shows no signs of disappearing. There are Beatles tribute bands all over […]