The Me & Thee Coffeehouse is once again presenting its annual Beatles tribute concert that includes many talented musicians. This year’s “All You Need is Love” show takes place on Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.
Tony Toledo, Beatles fan extraordinaire, will once again emcee a night of memorable songs, stories and Beatles magic. The 2018 edition of this special show features performances by: T Max, Bird-Mancini, Quentin Callewaert, Nico Rivers and Blackgrass, and Jeremy Todd.
T Max has a substantial resume which revolves around the Boston music scene. He is a renaissance man and has contributed greatly to the music world as a writer, publisher, musicians, songwriter, producer, storyteller and visual artist. T-Max published The Noise music magazine, New England’s longest-running music magazine, for over three decades. T Max also founded the Boston Rock Opera, wrote two folk-rock operas, released over 10 solo albums and formed Sgt. Maxwell’s Peace Chorus, a musical project to end the war. He is a member of the New England Music Hall of Fame.
Ruby Bird and Billy Carl Mancini, better known as Bird Mancini, features psychedelic rock with lush vocal arrangements, blues-tinged guitar, accordion, harmonica and a variety of percussion. In recent years, they’ve toured the West Coast and performed for the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Boston, New York City and in Liverpool at the Cavern Club. The band was nominated for a 2017 New England Music Award.
Seventeen-year-old guitar prodigy Quentin Callewaert is classically trained. His interest in fingerstyle guitar is inspired by Doc Watson, Merle Travis and Tommy Emmanuel. He is also a singer with a bluesy voice that complements his blend of Americana, gospel and bluegrass.
Nico Rivers and Blackgrass are a Boston-based band with some deep love for the Beatles. Their plan for this year’s show is to play “Side B” of Abbey Road. This configuration of Blackgrass includes Nico, Emily Graham-Handley, Dan Masterson and Quentin Callewaert. Nico’s first full-length release, "Tiny Death," will be available this spring.
Jeremy Todd is the youngest musician ever to play this annual Beatles event. He's an avid fan of the four lads from Liverpool and has been attending this show since he was a toddler. This 8-year-old pianist is something else. If you were at last year's show, you know that he brought down the house with his rendition of a “A Little Help from My Friends.” He will be playing keyboards and singing with T Max on a couple of songs this year.
“All You Need is Love” is an annual event that helps the Me & Thee send musicians into local schools for concerts and workshops. Tickets are available at Spirit of 76’ Bookstore, Arnould Gallery, www.meandthee.org or at the door. Adults: $20, Student: $10, Seniors: $15 and Family package: $45. As at all Me & Thee Coffeehouse events, refreshments are available, including homemade pastries, coffee and teas.
The Me & Thee has a handicapped-accessible entrance and an accessible bathroom, is a smoke-free environment, and is easily reached by MBTA bus.
The Me & Thee has been and will always be a volunteer, non-profit organization sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. For information and directions, call 781-631-8987 or check the website at www.meandthee.org.