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The Beatles tribute band to invade Theatre DeVille

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The Sun kings performed Tuesday at Town Square and will bring their Beatles tribute show to Theatre DeVille Saturday night. (Amy Maginnis-Honey/Daily Republic)

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From page B2 | June 06, 2014 |

VACAVILLE — Nancy Bobick couldn’t sit still Tuesday.

She wasn’t restless. Bobick, a Vacaville resident, just had to dance to the music of The Sun Kings, a tribute band to The Beatles.

The Bay Area-based foursome play Saturday night at Theatre DeVille. They performed a 25-minute Tuesday set in Town Square.

“I love them,” Bobick said. “They even have a British accent.”

She loved them so much, when the show was over she approached drummer Steve Scarpelli and asked for a drumstick he could autograph.

“This is so beautiful to me,” she said after Scarpelli signed the drumstick.

The band’s set Tuesday centered on the same one The Beatles played at the Cow Palace on Aug. 19, 1964.

Songs such as “All My Lovin’ ” and “She Loves You” filled the air at lunchtime. About 30 people found a spot to enjoy the show.

Lorena Agredano, who works at the De Allore Spa on Parker Street, was in search of lunch when the music started.

“I love this,” she said. “I love downtown.”

Royce Ferris, co-owner of Theatre DeVille, watched The Sun Kings in action.

“This is as close to The Beatles as you will ever get,” he said of the band’s sound.

Scarpelli was a young lad of 7 when he first heard The Beatles. They were a major part of his life, he said. He listened to other music, but The Beatles would always surface again, he said.

“They started rock ’n’ roll on this scale,” he said.

To master his role as Ringo, Scarpelli listened to records by The Beatles and watched videos. Choosing a single song the audience demands is difficult, he said, as the choice varies with each generation.

“You know you won’t disappoint because there are over 200 songs,” he said.

Drew Harrison handles John Lennon duties but Paul McCartney is his favorite Beatle. “Dear Prudence” was The Beatles song that grabbed a hold of him. He would play it over and over, Harrison said.

The band’s audiences can range in age from 6 to 96, Harrison said.

The other two band members are James Funk and Bruce Coe.

Bob Vollmer, of the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District, saw the free lunchtime show as a perfect way to showcase what’s happening in that area, he said. With the addition of Theatre DeVille, downtown Vacaville will host an average of 500 yearly musical performances “in the heart of the city,” he said.

The Town Square Friday night concert series just wrapped up and Creekwalk starts its run Friday. There is also free entertainment at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays in Town Square.

A bevy of downtown businesses also offer live entertainment, Vollmer said.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or amaginnis@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

The Sun Kings

  • 8 p.m. Saturday
  • Theatre DeVille, 308 Main St., Vacaville
  • www.devillevacaville.com.
  • www.thesunkings.com
Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
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