The show promotes the rivalry between two of the biggest popular music groups


Production visits the Farmington Civic Center on January 12

FARMINGTON – When the touring show “Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown” takes the stage at the Farmington Civic Center on January 12, local music fans will have the chance to see a pair of tribute bands emulating two of the biggest bands in the world. the history of popular music clashes.

But they will also have the opportunity to see a handful of students from Farmington High School join these professional musicians on stage, as the FHS String Quartet joins the groups for seven songs.

A press release from LaJolla Booking says FHS seniors Karina Farnsworth and Maxwell Taulbee, as well as juniors Shia Deale and rookie Caitlin Yazzie will perform alongside the Beatles ‘Abbey Road tribute to The Beatles’ hits “Eleanor Rigby “,” Yesterday “,” A day in the life “,” Hello goodbye “and” Hey Jude “. They will join the band tribute to the Stones Satisfaction for “As Tears Go By” and “Ruby Tuesday”.

The show itself features the two tribute groups performing in authentic period costumes while playing vintage instruments against a multimedia background. Farmington’s performance is one of 125 stops the show will make while touring America, Canada and Australia.

According to the press release, the FHS students were recruited when the show’s producers approached Monica Leaming, the school’s conductor, about forming a group of local string musicians. able to play at a level that would complement the talent of players from both tribute groups. Leaming – who was named Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction in 2017, earning her recognition as one of the state’s premier female teachers – quickly settled into her FHS quartet, a group whose members belong to the All State Orchestra and perform in various other venues. sets.

Leaming teaches classical music in school, but his love of music doesn’t end there. She also performs in San Juan County as one half of the acoustic duo the Zia Chicks. She therefore understands the differences between popular and classical music and how her students could meet such a challenge.

She apparently had no trouble convincing her students to accept the idea. The press release says Deale and Taulbee were already Beatles fans, and the two relished the idea of ​​being able to perform some of the Fab Four’s best-known tracks in such a setting.

The presence of the FHS quartet will add a little more juice to a production already noted for its energetic character. The show does its best to awaken the partisan loyalties that exist between fans of The Beatles and The Stones – an old rivalry that would extend even to musicians from Abbey Road and Satisfaction, with the respective members of each band regularly exchanging beards. on the scene.

But that does not call into question the authenticity of the production. Along with the dead ringing outfits and gear, each band’s performances would also include the same lost notes and other mistakes that the actual Beatles and Stones made during their recording sessions.

“Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown” will be played at 7:30 p.m. on January 12 at the Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St. Tickets range from $ 35 to $ 65 and can be purchased by phone at 505-599-1148, online at or in person at the Civic Center box office.


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