Northwest artists “Get Back” to celebrate Beatles Seattle invasion this Saturday


Kris Orlowski will perform at “Get Back” (Photo by Greg Roth)

It was 50 years ago today that The Beatles  came to play – stepping foot for the first time in the Emerald City to play a historic 30 minute set at the old Seattle Center Coliseum.

Synergia Northwest is back celebrating five years, and like past events will bring something very special to Northwest music lovers by presenting an epic event, celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the legendary lads from Liverpool called “Get Back.” The special event takes place this Saturday, August 23 at McCaw Hall. This historic tribute will feature an all-star cast of emerging and iconic northwest musicians spanning generations.

This onetime historic tribute will feature an all-star cast of emerging and iconic northwest musicians spanning generations and genres. Pacific Northwest musicians will pay homage to a band that ushered in a musical revolution. The Beatles continue to inspire and influence music fans decades since they landed on United States shores 50 years ago.

Pacific Northwest singers, songwriters, musicians and bands will pay homage to the lads from Liverpool by performing the original set The Beatles performed at the 1964 Seattle Coliseum concert which will include Beatles classics like “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, followed by “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” performed in its entirety with special guest musicians and singers paying tribute to the iconic album. The Sgt. Pepper’s performance will be backed by the brilliant 50 piece Synergia Northwest Orchestra.

In addition, a very special Northwest premiere of Sir Paul McCartney’s classical composition, “Celebration” from his second full-length release of original classical music “Standing Stone” will be performed by the Synergia Northwest Orchestra.

“Get Back” includes performances by:

Kris Orlowski 

Jeff Angell (Walking Papers)

Tracy Bonham

The Rangehoods 

Ben Smith (Heart) and Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters) with special guests

The Kingsmen’s Barry Curtis and Friends

Shawn Smith

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Justin S. Davis (Star Anna – Strong Suit)

Gary Westlake

Chris Friel (Goodness – The Rockfords)

Spike and the Imaplers Horns

The Funky 2 Death Horns

Choklate Moore

Michael McMorrow

Marc Willet

Tor Dietrichson (Global Village – Diga Rhythm Band)

Caspian Coberly 

The 2014 Synergia Northwest Orchestra Conducted by Dr. Bret Smith

…With more special guests to be announced

“Get Back” will be hosted by iconic disc jockey Pat O’Daywho introduced The Beatles on stage at the Seattle Center Coliseum’s first ever concert – 50 years ago – on August 21, 1964 and special guest Marco Collinsthe influential northwest DJ credited with breaking bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Both disc jockeys are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In addition, a very special Northwest premier of Sir Paul McCartney‘s classical composition,“Celebration” from his second full-length release of original classical music, Standing Stone, will be performed by the Synergia Northwest Orchestra.

Two epic events occurred on the same night. The Beatles made Seattle a stop on their first tour of the US. The excitement cannot be adequately described with words; you simply had to be there. Tiny amps, a tiny little Coliseum house speaker system with screaming surpassing the 12th-Man Seahawks crowd. But, you got to see them, the immortal Beatles! It was a double thrill for me to be the emcee that night. These two events were to herald the concert business as we know it today. Frankly, that Seattle night opened our eyes to what would become Concerts West, our Seattle based firm that went on to become the largest concert company in the world. All thanks to The Beatles . . . And a thrill it is to join hearts, in treasured McCaw Hall, named for Marian McCaw, mother of communication giants Craig and Bruce McCaw, who were just kids when they attended that great Beatles visit to Seattle. 50 fabulous years ago!

-Pat O’Day  

In addition to having selected Northwest music students playing with Synergia Northwest Orchestra, proceeds from the“Get Back” will benefit Pacific Northwest youth music organizations for the cause of preserving and safeguarding the Northwest’s rich musical legacy. The concert will be streamed by The Melodic Caring Project, an organization that combines music and technology to stream live concerts to hospitalized kids and teens.2014-sea_btl-Poster-v3

The 2014 Youth Music Beneficiaries are: Northwest Choirs, Seattle Music Partners, Washington Music Educators Association (Young Musicians Excelling), Music Matters through Music Aid Northwest, Vera Project, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Music Works Northwest.

The Pacific Northwest will mark the historic anniversary of The Beatles’ 1964 appearance in Seattle at Seattle Center in McCaw Hall, 50 years after the Fab Four embedded themselves into the Northwest’s musical culture and Beatlemania swept the nation. “Get Back” will be hosted by iconic disc jockey Pat O’Day, who introduced The Beatles on stage at the Seattle Center Coliseum’s first ever concert – 50 years ago – on August 21, 1964 along with special guest Marco Collins, the influential northwest DJ credited with breaking bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Both disc jockeys are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Tickets start at $36.50 and can be purchased at the KeyArena Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets,, charge by phone toll free at (800) 745-3000 or TDD 800-943-4327.  All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.

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About Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

Part of Seattle Center and home to the internationally acclaimed Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet, McCaw Hall is a state-of-the-art performing art center and premier special event venue. Each year McCaw Hall hosts over 300 events in the Susan Brotman Auditorium, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall and an attractive range of lobby and reception spaces.

About Seattle Center

Since its beginning 50 years ago, Seattle Center has served as an arts, civic and family gathering place in the core of our region. The more than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations residing on the 74-acre campus, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create nearly 5,000 events attracting 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.15 billion in business activity and $387 million in labor income.

Not only is he a multi-media journalist, he is also an accomplished musician. He is the founder of SMI and drives the creative look, feel and branding for the publication. His years of writing, arranging, and performing live music in a variety of genres inform his ability to communicate the message and the mechanics of music. Roth’s work on SMI reflects his philosophy that music is the universal language, and builds community. He believes it has the power to unite people of every race, religion, gender, and persuasion.