The UAFS Season of Entertainment took concertgoers to a different time and place with Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles. The crowd experienced The Beatles’ music through a chronological series of costume and set changes that embody the band’s story from start to finish. Rain played to a sold-out audience of all ages, illustrating The Beatles’ timeless appeal.
To open the show, Rain performed early favorites such as “I Saw You Standing There,” “Yesterday,” and “Day Tripper.” The second act brought more of The Beatles’ later work, using modern techniques to feature elaborate studio work, as heard in songs such as “A Day in the Life,” and “Strawberry Fields Forever.”
Rain lets the songs do the work, abandoning traditional narrative techniques and relying on The Beatles rock-n-roll legacy to aid the storytelling. Performers mimic the members of the band in song, speech, and physical composition, and special lighting effects help create the atmosphere. Period costumes, vintage television commercials, and Beatles trivia add to the shows overall effect.
Viewer participation is encouraged, as audience members were invited to clap to the music, sing along, and twist and shout when appropriate.
Rain’s performances fill a void left by the breakup of The Beatles. Through Rain, new generations of Beatles fans can catch a glimpse of the genius that shaped popular music as today’s audience knows it.