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Community Concert Association features ‘Paul The Beatle’

May 6, 2019

La PORTE — In a brilliant one-man Beatlemania show, Bob Halligan Jr. portrays Paul McCartney through his career – as a Beatle and as a solo artist in a singer-songwriter, theatrical format involving music, dialogue and onstage wardrobe changes. (sounds like fun – read on)

The La Porte Community Concert Association brings this delightful show to La Porte on Thursday at the La Porte Presbyterian Church, 307 Kingsbury Ave., at 7 p.m.

Paul has a conversation with the audience-and himself-that inevitably leads to the songs we so deeply love. Through the laughter and the tears (and the clothes), Paul traces the band’s musical journey and his contributions to it, doing so with no back-up musicians, only Paul on keyboard, guitar and bass. As group unity frays, he begins to muse about where he might go musically after the break-up. And he even takes requests!

This show is not just any Beatle Tribute show. Halligan takes it to a different and compelling level that shines a light on the master-mind of Beatle Paul McCartney. The dialogue enhances the performance and Halligan’s voice is magic.

Halligan has written more than 1,100 songs, 200 of which have been recorded by artists internationally with sales over 30 million units. These artists have helped put nine gold and platinum records on his wall.

For 21 years he has led the Celtic pop-rock group Ceili Rain plus the Beatles show. He has sung on recordings with Billy Joel and numerous others, and he is an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University where he teaches songwriting, film scoring, music business and a Beatles class. Recently he was the only American invited to sing at a Papal gathering of 100,000 people in Italy and met Pope Francis.

This concert is dedicated to Joan Kowalczk, long time board member and energetic promoter of the La Porte Community Concert Association, who passed away.

This concert is included in the La Porte Community Concert Season Ticket. Those who have just joined the association and purchased a Season Ticket for 2019-20 will be admitted for free. This is a “Bonus Concert” for them. 2019-20 Season Tickets admitting you to 24 concerts (four in La Porte, five in Valparaiso, four in Portage, six in Munster and five in Warsaw) will be for sale at the door: $45 for one adult, $10 for one student, and $110 for a family (two adults and all children).

The public may purchase single-concert tickets at the door at the cost of $15 for adults and $5 for students through high school. For more information, call 362-8262.