This is not just your average cover band. For six years, a revolving group of talented student musicians at Oregon State University, who call themselves “The Imaginary Friends Musical Alliance,” has packed Milam Hall on the OSU campus, for two performances of “The Beatles at OSU.”
The concerts, which benefit Corvallis’ Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV), feature live performances of a different Beatles album each year. Since the second year, a Pink Floyd album has also been added into the mix, further increasing the appeal and popularity of the performances.
After most of the original Imaginary Friends graduated and/or moved on to other responsibilities last spring, it was rumored that the 2009 concerts would be the last. Fortunately, that’s not the case, and “The Beatles at OSU” is back and again featuring top talent from campus and community.
The concerts are slated for Saturday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in Austin Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center; and Saturday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Milam Hall. Both locations are on the OSU main campus.
The albums selected for this year are The Beatles’ “Let it Be” and Pink Floyd’s “Animals.”
Members of the 2010 Imaginary Friends Musical Alliance are: Bill Cowell, keyboards, sax, sound effects; Justin Gibson, guitars, vocals; Jeff Carey, drums; Noah Stroup, vocals, keyboards; Jason Lusk, bass, vocals; Roland Ashton, vocals, guitar; Brandon Cook, guitar, vocals; R.J. Zaworski, guitar; Tim Karplus, keyboards, guitar; Noah Jenkins, violin; Denver Speelman, violin; Bryce Caster, viola; Lauren Shin, cello; Joe Crop, trumpet; Ryan Erp, trombone; Alia Beyer, vocals; Jeannie Holiday, vocals; and Andrea Witherspoon, vocals.
The performances are being sponsored by the OSU Department of Music, the OSU Department of Animal Sciences, the OSU Women’s Center, and LaSells Stewart Center.
All proceeds will benefit CARDV, a private, non-profit, community service organization dedicated to helping adult and child survivors of sexual and domestic violence and their children stay safe. CARDV has been serving Linn and Benton counties for more than 25 years.
Seating is general admission at both performances. Tickets are $5 each, on sale at the OSU Women’s Center and at Grass Roots Books & Music in downtown Corvallis. A limited number of reserved, “VIP” seats are available at each performance for a minimum donation of $25, while they last. Tickets can also be purchased on line (small additional fee applies) at http://ticketsoregon.com .
For more information: http://beatlesatosu.org