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Fresh from Broadway, Rain wows with electrifying Beatles tribute

Fresh from Broadway, Rain wows with electrifying Beatles tribute

Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles
Rain rolls into Austin this week.  Photo by Richard Lovrich

If you ever saw the Beatles live, consider yourself very lucky. If you didn’t but wish you did, Rain is the next best thing. 

Accomplished musicians in their own right, the men who portray the Fab Four in Rain have spent years recreating the electricity John, Paul, Ringo and George generated every night they charmed their hordes of adoring fans. Fresh off a Broadway run, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles makes its return to Austin February 6 and 7 at Bass Concert Hall.

Rain takes audiences on a musical journey through the storied career of the Beatles using historical footage and the hits that made them the greatest rock 'n' roll band of all time, including “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Come Together,” and “Hey Jude.”

Multi-instrumentalist Ian B. Garcia portrays Paul McCartney in the show and says he can remember when his love of the Beatles began. “My parents always had records playing and I remember hearing 'Yellow Submarine' and that melody sticking with me … Those sort of moments, like the smell of freshly cut grass, stay with you forever!”

Rain is both the name of the show and the name of the band that has been together longer than the Beatles themselves. What was originally called ‘Reign’ formed in the 1970s as a band best known for its Beatles covers.

The members spent countless hours studying Beatles music and footage to master the intricacies of each song, as well as the mannerisms and personalities of the men they are paying tribute to. Garcia calls tackling the musical genius of McCartney an inevitable challenge and says the members of Rain have a huge responsibility they take very seriously. “[They’re] huge shoes to fill! But [it’s] a heck of a lot of fun!”

“By the end of the night we have all gone back in time to a great era in music history!” Garcia says.

Rain is in Austin for just three performances. Catch the show at Bass Concert Hall Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7. Tickets start at $30.