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JANE SCOTT ROCKS! - The Beatles – 50th Anniversary Celebration / House of Blues


                      Jane Scott & the Beatles – 50th Anniversary Celebration

                             House of Blues - Monday, September 15th

Music and Cinema Friends,

I am pleased to announce a very special night that Music Cleveland! and Ciné Arts Cleveland! are sponsoring to honor a very special person in Cleveland Rock and Roll history – Jane Scott.

We’ll join with luminaries of the Cleveland music scene, past and present, to remember the contributions, efforts and friendship of legendary rock and roll writer Jane Scott.

I met Jane way back in 1961, when she interviewed me for a Plain Dealer feature article on high school football (Benedictine) and school spirit.  The article appeared on page one and Jane immediately became a life-long friend. 

Those were the days when a very young Jane Scott would cover two very disparate beats for the Plain Dealer - Teenagers and Senior Citizens.  She met that challenge and was so very successful that the P.D. added music, specifically Rock and Roll to her assignments about the same time the Beatles were hitting America by storm.

So tonight we’ll be remembering both, a group of lads from Liverpool and a wonderful and sweet lady who would cross their paths and make music history.

Tonight will also kickoff the campaign to film a feature documentary on Jane’s wonderful life titled: JANE SCOTT ROCKS!

The film’s director Thomas Kelly has offered our members some special benefits well over and above those available to regular ticket purchasers.  The details appear later in this post but in addition to the special 20-percent discount for Music Cleveland! and CinéArts Cleveland! members, all group members attending will be cast as Unpaid Extras in the filming of JANE SCOTT ROCKS! in early winter 2014.  We’ll be in front of the cameras during the reenactment of the Beatles famous 1964 Public Hall concert in Cleveland.  That’s the time when Jane met and interviewed the band.

                                          Here's to Jane, First Lady of Rock and Roll!

Bill Johnson

WHO:  1964 Beatles & Jane Scott Tribute

WITH:  Michael Stanley - Beaucoup & Surprise Guest Stars

FILM:  Rare Unscreened Film of Beatles Cleveland Appearance

WHAT: Jane Scott Rocks - Salute

WHEN:  Monday, September 15 @ 8 p.m.

WHERE: House of Blues

WITH: Music Cleveland! and CinéArts Cleveland!

TICKETS: Must Purchase On-Line by SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH - 

TICKETS: Must Purchased On-Line by Saturday, September 13 at Midnight (12 a.m.) tickets purchased after 9/10 will be held in Will Call (click here) 

PURCHASE BY Wednesday, September 10th AND TICKETS WILL BE MAILED (click here)

DISCOUNT:  Members-Only Code Revealed in RSVP Process - Please Confirm - use all caps and post in Promotional Code space

DINNER: Before Show 5 to 6 p.m.  ZOCALO Mexican Grill & Tequilería

Dinner is optional. Zocalo is located next to the HOB on East 4th Street.  Arrive from 5 to 6 p.m. to eat and head to the HOB by 7:30 p.m. when the doors open.  Since we have General Admission tickets an early arrival will be important.

Zocalo web site (click here) 

TICKETS: Must Purchase On-Line by SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH - 

TICKETS: Must Purchased On-Line by Saturday, September 13 at Midnight (12 a.m.) tickets purchased after 9/10 will be held in Will Call (click here) 

PURCHASE BY Wednesday, September 10th AND TICKETS WILL BE MAILED (click here)

DISCOUNT CODE:  Revealed in the RSVP Process - use all caps and enter in Promotional Code location.

When you RSVP several REQUIRED questions will be asked including: name(s); cell phone; email; mailing address.  You will also be asked to confirm that you saw the Members-only Discount Code.  All information will be considered confidential and used only for this event.  Of course it will be shared with the film producers and for the casting invitation.

House of Blues on Monday, September 15th

Dinner at 6 p.m. – Show at 8 p.m.

The House of Blues, Cleveland is located on East 4th Street with an entrance at 308 Euclid Avenue.

HOB Web Site (click here)

There will be nearby lot parking and spots on nearby side streets.  Since there are no scheduled games at the Q or the Jake, you may find free parking in unattended lots on Prospect Avenue.  

Here is a fine surface and garage lot just west of East Ninth and Euclid with advance on-line reservations (well illuminated and attended) (click here)  

Jane with Lyle Lovett

Jane Scott to be honored at Beatles 50th anniversary concert at House of Blues: Minister of Culture

By Michael Heaton, The Plain Dealer

September 15 is the 50th anniversary of the first Beatles performance in Cleveland in 1964 at Public Hall. It also marks the advent of the music journalism career of the late, great Jane Scott.

Like a lot of rock stars, (not comparing myself to one) I feel like I owe my whole career (such as it is) to Jane Scott. She was my hero and friend for more than five decades.

On September 15 at the House of Blues an event has been organized to honor Jane, who died in 2011 at age 92, and raise money for a documentary film about her life. I am involved with that effort, along with Thomas Kelly, David Spero and Michael Stanley. Stanley will open the program with an acoustic set, followed by 1964, the country's top Beatles tribute band. They will play the same set list the Beatles did 50 years earlier at Public Hall.

I first met Jane in 1971 when I was 14 years old. My mom had died suddenly from a brain aneurysm and Jane came to our house to pay personal condolences to my dad, her colleague at The Plain Dealer. He covered the Browns, she wrote about the emerging rock and roll scene. I had been reading her "What's Happening" column for more than a few years by then.

She brought me a bunch of review albums as a gift. Back then, if one of your parents died, people gave you presents in lieu of grief counseling. One of the records was from a British folk rock band called The Strawbs, I recall. The albums weren't even in stores yet. This was some serious swag.

Jane looked then as she would for the rest of her life. She wore her bleach blonde hair in a kind of bouffant helmet bob over her ever-present big red glasses. She had the best signature goofy giggle this side of Mike Symon.

The realization that a person could make a living listening to rock bands and writing about them was a HUGE revelation to me. It also wasn't lost on me that journalism accommodated eccentric personalities. At least in her case. That was encouraging.

After that day I began treating my love of music and movies like a job. I memorized the liner notes on albums and I studied the history of music and movies. Years later, when I was freelancing for People magazine in New York and my first assignment was a profile of the Philly soul duo Hall and Oates I realized that Jane's example had helped build me into the perfect pop culture beast.

In New York and later in San Francisco, musicians would find out I was from Cleveland and always ask, "How's Jane Scott?'' She was a legend among the biggest rock stars. They loved her. She had been a midwife for the nascent musical art form when a lot of people her age associated rock and roll with things like communism and venereal disease.

Jane was an openhearted soul. That's what so many people loved about her. She began her music writing career by interviewing the Beatles. She was probably chosen for that assignment because the Beatles were initially considered a silly kid's fad by the mainstream media and editors at The Plain Dealer. Many "grown- ups" thought the Beatles were the musical version of the Hula-Hoop.

Jane saw more there. She sensed that rock music was the voice of the baby boom generation. She took that first assignment and turned it into a full-time beat that would change her life and the lives of so many people in Cleveland and across the country.

Jane's acceptance and encouragement of rock and roll as a legitimate art form helped to make Cleveland a rock-educated and friendly place. Music promoters and band managers came to see Cleveland as fertile ground. Cleveland came to be seen by the music industry as a good place to launch a new band. We had radio stations like WMMS, and we had Jane, who worked tirelessly to give publicity to both local and national acts.

I don't think it's too much of a stretch to say that Jane was a big reason the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum eventually landed in Cleveland. That's why it's so fitting that a statue of her now resides there.

When I came back to Cleveland in 1987 after eight years away to help Jane with rock music coverage, she had lost none of her enthusiasm for the job. She sometimes ran circles around me.

Jane was a rock and roll pioneer. She was also a pioneer for women in journalism. There's an apocryphal story about Jane being interviewed by a local TV station at a rock concert at Blossom. The reporter asked Jane if she had any regrets about never marrying and having children. Jane looked out over the sea of young faces on the lawn and said, "How many more children could I have?"

Well, some of those children are coming back together on Sept. 15. There will be a panel discussion about Jane, plus food, drink, dancing and a lot of fun. The proceeds will go towards a Kickstarter fund for the Jane Scott documentary.

If you want to be part of this quintessentially Cleveland musical event, you can get tickets at the House of Blues or at the website.

Hope to see you there. Michael Heaton, The Plain Dealer


1964 the Tribute is a Beatlestribute band that was formed in 1984. They have performed over 2900 shows and released their own albums and videos. Rolling Stone magazine has called 1964, "The best Beatles tribute ever." They were also featured in a PBSspecial of the same name; the soundtrack to which is listed in the discography. 1964 the Tribute have been featured on Entertainment TonightPM MagazineCNN, The USA Network, and The Nashville Network.

While touring worldwide at concert halls, fairs, festivals, colleges, corporate events, and conventions, they were voted "Best Major Concert Act" and "Best Contemporary Act" by the readers of Campus Activities Today Magazine. They were also voted "Contemporary Music Artists of the Year" by the National Association for Campus Activities, and "Campus Entertainers of the Year" by the Canadian Association for Campus Activities. They have appeared on scores of local television and radio programs throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and South America.

The group plans to continue performing in the future.[1] When asked about their future, Tom Work said, "The answer to that is the answer Gary gave his dad. His dad asked him, 'How long are you going to do this?' And Gary said, 'Until they stop coming.' We are not anywhere close to the age the Beatles were. I'm sure many people will comment, 'They're starting to look a little old to be doing this,' but people are still coming. Just being a musician keeps you young at heart."[1]

The band's mission is to accurately recreate the 1964 Beatle invasion of America. They play a set of all early Beatles music, with some middle Beatles thrown in. The "concept is performing a show that gives you an idea of what it was like to see the Beatles when they were touring," says Benson.[2] "It's definitely a music gig, but there's an acting element to it," says Tom Work.[1] "None of us is really an actor per se. I probably come closest because I've done some plays, just in community theater. But there's some acting. You need to adopt the body language, the speaking voice. Those two things, I guess, for this kind of a role are two aspects that resemble acting. Everything else is more musicianship and vocal impersonation — singing, I mean."[1] The group separates its life onstage from offstage. "We didn't want to be them, just wanted to portray them," says Work.[1] "No one really considered wearing those boots around all the time or the tight pants or having hair that looked like that. We were musicians before, professional, full-time musicians. We didn't start doing Beatles until we were 30." The members are getting older, but are doing better then ever.[1]

1964 the Tribute strive for authenticity in their portrayal of the Beatles, but not everything they do is the same.[2] Two areas that differ are sound quality and set length.[2] Mark Benson, who portrays John Lennon in the band, says that in the original Beatles live performances in the 1960s, the fans were lucky to hear the band.[2] "You have to credit the Beatles with revolutionizing the sound-reinforcement industry," says Benson.[2] "Back then they had these little speakers that you couldn't hear anything out of. The way concerts were amplified had to be changed."[2] Benson says that fans who saw the original shows notice the difference.[2] "People will come up to us and say, 'I saw the Beatles in '64 and the only difference is I can hear you,'" says Benson.[2]

Another difference is the set length.[2] The Beatles did two 30-minute sets in their early shows and never did encores, while 1964 the Tribute performs two 45-minute sets.[2] "We tried the half-hour show initially, but it didn't go over well," says Benson.[2]

HOUSE OF BLUES CLEVELAND,[masked],  308 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44114


This is an all ages event. This event is general admission, standing room only with reserved seats in the balcony. Reserved seats in the balcony are part of a VIP package that is $125 per person(sold out).  All general admission (GA) tickets are for standing room only.

Doors: 8 p.m.
Show: 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are mailed
$50 General Admission Standing
$125 VIP Reserved Balcony Seating

Music Cleveland! Tickets will be mailed and Include:
- Discounted Tickets - $40 with no service charge vs $50+

- Screening of Beatles in Cleveland Film – 1st Public Viewing
- Concert General Admission – 8 p.m.
- After Concert – Meet & Greet with Performers – 10 p.m.

- Special Un-Paid Extra Role in JANE SCOTT ROCKS! Film (shooting in early winter)

*** NEWS ALERT *** 

WORLD EXCLUSIVE COLOR FILM OF BEATLES 1964 CLEVELAND CONCERT WILL BE SHOWN AT “Jane Scott & the Beatles – 50th Anniversary Celebration” 

Dave Schwensen, best-selling author of The Beatles in Cleveland, has joined the star-studded lineup at the Jane Scott & the Beatles – 50th Anniversary Celebration at the House of Blues on September 15th, 2014 and will provide an amazing addition to the event: A rare showing of the only high-quality color film of the Beatles’ 1964 Public Hall concert. 

This unique film has never been broadcast anywhere and is not available to the public in any forum. Only Dave Schwensen and the anonymous private owner have copies. A special treat for those in attendance at the 50th Anniversary Celebration on September 15th.

Featuring Cameo Performances by Michael Stanley and Beau Coup will open the show.


(click here) 


Since the early eighties, “1964”…The Tribute has been thrilling audiences around the globe by taking them on journey through a quintessential moment in music history that will live forever.

Over twenty years of researching and performing have made “1964” masters of their craft. They are hailed by critics and fans alike as THE most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute…. which has earned them the distinction from Rolling Stone magazine as the “Best Beatles Tribute on Earth”

“1964” recreates an early ‘60s live Beatle concert with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles, and onstage banter with an accuracy that is unmatched.

1964 – THE TRIBUTE” principal band/cast members:

Ÿ  Mark Benson as John Lennon

Ÿ  Graham Alexander as Paul McCartney

Ÿ  Tom Work as George Harrison

Ÿ  Bobby Potter as Ringo Starr


Mark Benson and Gary Grimes (The Original Paul) together with Tom Work and Greg George started “1964”…The Tribute.

Graham Alexander is actually right handed and learned to play the bass left handed to more accurately portray Paul.

As Mark Benson likes to mention on stage, they thought the Beatles gig would last for only a few lunch time shows, they never thought it would have lasted 20+ years.

Mark is also a guitar luthier and maintains all of the instruments. His 2 Rickenbacker 325s are custom made by him and contain customizations to more closely resemble and sound like the original Lennon guitars.

1964 has played to SOLD OUT shows at Carnegie Hall, and Red Rocks many times.

Mark Benson (John Lennon):

Mark Benson was introduced to music playing drums and piano at age eight. At age 17, he started playing guitar. Interested in becoming a luthier, Mark began his internship at Lay’s Guitar Repair in Akron, Ohio where he learned to build, repair, and restore guitars as well as other stringed instruments. He went on to make guitars for Eddie Van Halen and Jackson Browne and continues to rebuild, repair, and restore all of the instruments for “1964". Mark has sold vintage instruments to The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bad Company, Hall and Oates, Ted Nugent, ZZ Top, The Eagles, The Allman Brothers, The Cars, David Lindley, Cheap Trick, and the Doobie Brothers.

Mark played guitar in the local Ohio bands Ashes, Raintree, Coconut, Mr. French and Bock (with Gary Grimes). In 1984 Mark, with Gary, started “1964". He currently produces all aspects of the show and produced the "1964" CDs, “All You Need Is Live”, ”Nine Hours In November”, and “Bootleg" Vol. 1?.

Mark says, “1964" shows the audience what it was like to attend a Beatles concert in the early sixties and generates the same feeling of happiness that is still generated by the music of The Beatles. We get so much of this positive energy back from our audiences, it reassures us that for now, we are where we are supposed to be”.

Graham Alexander (Paul McCartney):

Graham started his career in music after seeing a video of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show at age 9.

Soon after he found the guitar (and eventually Bass, Drums, and Piano) and a year later started playing in bars and nightclubs.

Songwriting became his main interest and with his first band "The Roadrunners" he toured the Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York area for several years.

After releasing two albums and gaining notoriety not only for their age, but also for the quality of music they were releasing…Graham and his band parted ways.

His love for The Beatles and their music lead him to join 'Beatlemania Now' a Beatles show touring company featuring broadway cast members of the Broadway hit "Beatlemania".

Graham (a right handed guitarist) taught himself to play bass guitar left handed for the 'Paul McCarney' role and toured the U.S, Canada, U.K, and The Netherlands for more than 4 years.

During this time Graham continued to write and record his own music for publishing by other artists even contributing a batch of music to a film by 10 time Emmy award winning director Kenneth Sheil. He also made cameo appearances in films (ie; 'Splinterheads' 2009), Television, and even Video games (Motion Capture actor ie; "The Beatles: Rock Band") to name a few...

In 2008, Graham joined the Broadway show "Rain" for its pre-Broadway tour. With Graham onboard the show opened on Broadway in 2010 at the Neil Simon theatre (eventually moving to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in 2011). The cast accepted the Broadway Drama Desk Award for 'Best Musical Revue' and a few months later the show closed on Broadway with Graham having performed 150 shows in both theaters.

Graham notes, "I love Rock n' Roll. After having performed on Broadway for a year, I felt I really needed to be able to play this music the way it was originally played by those four guys over forty years ago. I’ve always loved the energy and the spirit of "1964"... The Tribute and THAT coupled with the incredible level of musical accuracy is why I am here. I am as much a Beatle fan as I am a music fan and to me, any project I associate myself with is a reflection of how I feel this music should be perceived. In other words, there are a lot of shows out there performing this music, but there are none that perform it with the spirit, and ferocity of those four young men from Liverpool (as you saw them in 1964), quite like..."1964" The Tribute.”

Tom Work (George Harrison):

Tom began playing guitar in 1961, but contrary to what most "1964" fans say, that isn’t all that happened that year. Also in 1961…

JFK challenged Congress to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade -by the end of the decade the Space Race was over, but Tom was still playing guitar Construction of the Berlin Wall began -28 years later the Wall was torn down, but Tom was still playing guitar George Clooney (the world’s most handsome man) was born -50 years later Tom is still playing guitar.

Over these past 50 years, Tom has come upon challenges and obstacles of his own. “Some of them seemed literally like brick walls,” he said, “but while I’ve had my share of failures (Darn you, George Clooney!), I’ve also enjoyed a great deal of good fortune.”

Tom is a founding member of "1964"...The Tribute, but he has other creative outlets, too.

“Performing in this act hasn’t left me much free time, but I free-lance when I can, and a while back I sang with the barbershop quartet, Popular Demand.” Tom also worked in over 20 musical theatre productions, both in leading roles, and behind the scenes as Producer/Music Director. “Performing onstage is a riot, although conducting the pit orchestra, to me, is much more fun. But the most rewarding experience is helping extract top-notch performances from people, guiding performers to their pinnacle. There’s nothing quite like being perched on the edge of your seat on opening night and hearing an actor deliver his or her best-ever performance!”

In 2006 Tom returned to "1964"...The Tribute, ending a 12-year sabbatical, and tonight is his fifth appearance with the act here at Carnegie Hall. “It’s great to be back at Carnegie again-I love this hall and I love this city!”

“By far, my most gratifying experience has been fatherhood,” he says, “and I’m thankful for my wonderful family-the love and support of my parents, my sister, my wife, and my four children has been my mainstay my entire life.” Tom lives with his wife and their two children in Ohio, and he would like to thank Gary Grimes for the thousand gigs and the million memories.

Bobby Potter (Ringo Starr):

Bobby was born in Indiana. He started taking snare drum lessons in the 5th grade and got his first set of drums in the 7th. Later, when The Beatles arrived on the music scene, he made it a personal goal to be like Ringo. He played in 3 bands through high school – a Tijuana Brass band, high school pep band and a top-40 band. He helped form a popular local band that performed in his hometown and surrounding area teen clubs. He later moved to Champaign, Illinois and joined a band that performed in and around the tri-state area.

Wanting to spread his wings he then set his sights on the west coast and moved to Los Angeles where he helped form The Finders, then Shake, Rattle N’ Roll and played the nightclubs there for 10 years. He then moved to Las Vegas and played the Nevada casino circuit. Capitalizing on his experience he backed such greats as Chris Montez, Billy Swan, Jewel Akens, Al Wilson, J.J. Jackson, The Coasters, The Drifters, The Dell Vikings, 7 show/lounge acts and too many Elvis impersonators to mention.

Still wanting to achieve his personal “Ringo” goal he joined two Beatle tributes, spending 8 years in this endeavor. His personality shines onstage as he authentically reproduces every beat and moves his head to the music portraying Ringo with precision and style.

This accomplished artist transports the audience to the carefree magical era with his voice when he performs “Yellow Submarine” and “Act Naturally”. Bobby is thrilled to be a member of "1964"...The Tribute! He states in his own words, “In the tribute world, you can’t get any closer or higher up than this for authenticity, style and sound in the same way The Beatles performed live”.

Music Cleveland! – We are: Live Music, Music, Classical Music, Jazz, Blues, Live Jazz, Music, Smooth Jazz, Americana, Country Western Music, Irish Music, Opera, Bluegrass, Folk Music, Theater & Performance Art, Baroque Music, Modern Dance, Fine Dining Out, Celtic Music, Social Networking, Night Life, Square Dancing. 

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  • Barb P

    I am so up for this! Love the Beatles, love Michael Stanley, love the whole idea! Just bought my ticket!

    September 3, 2014

    • Barb P

      So how should we dress? I assume we should be comfortable enough to dance! Also, can you please email your cell # so I can text in the event that I am running late or whatever?

      September 3, 2014

    • Bill J.

      please private message me on these items. this is for event comments - i will answer tomorrow

      September 3, 2014

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