Popular Beatles tribute band The WannaBeatles will headline Come Together: Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Tribute on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Franklin Classical School’s Generations Auditorium, 408 Church Street in downtown Franklin.
The family-friendly concert will celebrate the music and impact of the best-selling band of all time. It will also be a fundraiser for the Franklin Classical School Class of 2020 for their educational capstone trip to London in March.
Advance tickets for Come Together are $30 for adults and $20 for children under 12, with remaining tickets available at the door the night of the event for $35. Tickets are available online at https://cometogetherwannabeatles.eventbrite.com.
Tax-deductible sponsorship opportunities are also still available, including the opportunity for a business to have its name featured in a Beatles song during the evening.
Oct. 1, 1969, marked the U.S. release of “Abbey Road,” the 11th studio album by the beloved English rock band, which has since been Diamond certified by the RIAA, marking sales of 12 million units.
The recording sessions for “Abbey Road” were the last in which all four Beatles — John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and George Harrison — participated before breaking up in April 1970. Many critics have ranked “Abbey Road” as one of the greatest albums of all time, and the album’s cover, featuring the four band members walking across a zebra crossing outside Abbey Road Studios, is one of music’s most recognizable and imitated images.
A 50th anniversary edition of “Abbey Road,” which includes previously unreleased session recordings, is slated for release on Sept. 27.
The WannaBeatles combine award-winning entertainment with audience involvement and on-stage antics for a Beatles experience they describe as “fab meets fun.” Though the band tours across the U.S., they have become local fan favorites with appearances at Puckett’s and Brentwood’s summer concerts at Crockett Park.
Comprised of Dennis Scott, Bryan Cumming, Nathan Burbank and David Toledo, The WannaBeatles have also performed at The Music City Bowl, Georgia’s New Year’s Eve Peach Drop and on national television.
Come Together: Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Tribute is a fundraiser for the senior class of Franklin Classical School, a Christian classical kindergarten-12th grade school located at 408 Church Street in Franklin. The 2020 graduating class — only 17 students — is working to help fund the annual senior educational capstone trip to London, where they will visit historically important landmarks which have been part of their humanities-based studies.
“Each year, our graduating class makes this important trip to London, and each class has helped to pay for it through hard work — from garage sales and car washes to concession sales and service projects,” Sam Goodyear-Brown, senior class president, said. “This year we wanted to do something fun for the whole community that reflects our trip overseas, so partnering with The WannaBeatles for this concert is a perfect fit.”
Franklin Classical School serves about 200 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The Christian classical school celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018, and was founded as a homeschool tutorial by author, historian and pastor Dr. George Grant and his wife Karen, along with publishing executive David Dunham and his wife Debbie. Grant continues to lecture to the school’s Upper Division (high school) students twice each week and accompanies the senior class each year on their London capstone trip.
For Come Together: Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Tribute tickets and more information, go to https://cometogetherwannabeatles.eventbrite.com.