The tradition continues

Sixteen student acts made the cut for Beatlemore Skidmania. This year's edition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ recording debut and adds a new third show just for students.

The program is set for the 2012 edition of Beatlemore Skidmania, the College’s hugely popular, long-running tribute to the Fab Four. Gordon Thompson, professor of music, and his team of five student organizers announced their selections Monday at a noon-time event in Case Center. 

Featuring 16 acts and ranging across the Beatles’ entire repertoire, the 50th anniversary celebration of the Beatles’ recording debut will be marked by three shows in the Arthur Zankel Music Center Friday, Nov.16, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 17 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

It will begin with a kickin’ version of “Hey Bulldog” performed by Bo Peep and the Funk Sheep and end with a soulful rendering of “Let It Be” by the Skidmore College Gospel Choir. In between, there will be creative interpretations of such classics as “Because” by a cello sextet called The Acacellas, “If I Fell” by Skinny White Folk, “We Can Work It Out” by The Bedfellows, and “Julia” by Robin, Ryan, Will and Jeremy.

Four of Skidmore’s famed a capella groups will be represented. Audiences can anticipate a fabulous “Abbey Road Medley” by The Bandersnatchers, “Mother Nature’s Son” by The Drastic Measures, and “Dear Prudence” by The Accents.

Once again, the Rust Brothers—featuring Thompson on drums, faculty colleague Joel Brown on lead guitar and former IT staffer David Maswick on rhythm guitar, along with Jason Brown '00 on bass and Tim Peck '04 on organ—will close out the concert. This year they’ll perform a combined arrangement of several Beatles songs before backing up the Gospel Choir in a grand finale.

Thirty-two student groups submitted audition tapes, which Thompson and his student team watched for more than five hours on Saturday. “We had to cut some excellent music,” Thompson said. “As always, we looked for creative approaches, but in the end we went for variety, quality, originality, and energy. It’s going to be another great show.”

The full program is listed here

Tickets may be purchased here

For the last 11 years, all Beatlemore shows have quickly sold out, so this year's Beatlemore scheduled a third show strictly for those with Skidmore IDs: students, faculty, and staff. To enable Skidmore alumni and parents around the world to tune in, the Saturday night show will be livestreamed, and Skidmore alumni in New York and Boston will gather for special group showings.

As in past years, students in the Communication Design class taught by Deb Hall generated designs for posters and T-shirts for the event. At Monday’s announcement, Thompson hailed the three winners in that informal competition: Joe Klockowski ’14, Sarah Ingleby ‘14, and Siwei Song ’14.

T-shirt are already on sale at the Zankel Box Office. These and a limited silk-screened edition of the T-shirt produced by students of art professor Sang Wook Lee will also be available at the concerts, along with limited-edition prints of the posters.

Proceeds from the sale of tickets, T-shirts, and posters for the Friday night and Saturday afternoon performances will support Skidmore Cares' in assisting those in need in Saratoga County and the Capitol District. Proceeds from the Saturday night performance will support student financial aid.

The five student members of the 2012 Skidmania planning team are Xan Goldberg ’13, Samantha Hoffmann ’13, Cody DeFalco ’14, Matt Kugler ’14, and Oliver Mashburn ’15.

October 5th marked the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles first single, “Love Me Do.” Thompson, one of the world’s foremost experts on the Beatles and the “British Invasion,” noted the anniversary here on his blog.

November’s event will be the 12th staging of Beatlemore Skidmania, which started in 2001 as an outgrowth of Thompson’s Beatles Seminar. In the grim months following 9/11, his students asked Thompson if they could stage a concert of Beatles music as a way to lift the campus’s spirits. Thompson helped them book a hall and organize the event, recruiting student bands and singing groups, and offering his own Rust Brothers as a faculty band.  Thompson recounts more of Skidmania's origins here

Beatlemore Skidmania 2012 poster designs

Poster by Joe KlockowskiPoster by Sarah InglebyPoster by Siwei SongPoster by Rachel PortPoster by Elena ScottPoster by Julia DeGemmisPoster by Winnie VaughnPoster by Ethan PaulPoster by Leah WolfePoster by Dan PinnolisPoster by Kate ImboldenPoster by Seth SeemanPoster by Suchin SonPoster by GracePoster by Chloe Salidor