On Friday, Sept 30th, ten members of The Tribe – a collective of LA-based session and touring musicians and singers, reunited for a unique evening at Bogies in Westlake Village, California. They presented their version of Elton John’s classic album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
The show was cleverly named Say Hello to “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” with the intention of catching the eyes of local die-hard Elton fans to come check out a performance of the album in its entirety.
And indeed, they did! All 18 songs from start to finish, from “Funeral for A Friend” to “Harmony,” were performed effortlessly with different lead singers heading up each tune while every person in the crowd was sitting at the edge of their seats, some knowing what to expect and some waiting to be surprised. The show was charming, dynamic, and a wonderful turn-back-in-time moment for all those who attended.
The rotating cast of singers featured Musical Director Jeff Alan Ross (Badfinger, Peter Asher) on keyboards and Rosemary Butler (Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt), plus incredible show-stopping moments by John Pratt, Adam Daniel, Lauri Reimer, Bill Cinque, Steven Goddard, John McNeely and Michael Stern on guitars.
The concept of performing iconic albums came from The Tribe’s executive producer and drummer, Kevin Wachs.
“The uniqueness of this show comes from having incredible singers wowing the audience. While other tribute bands tend to do the ‘greatest hits’ of their artist, we perform iconic albums that span the test of time with a full band, background vocalists and powerful lead singers,” said Wachs. “This album has not only been an all-time favorite of mine, but probably one to many of my time period; when else have you seen a tribute to your favorite artists that includes not only the hits, but also deep cuts played and sung by some of LA’s finest?”
The Tribe has plans to perform this double album again at SOhO Restaurant & Music Venue in Santa Barbara on Wednesday, December 14th. The personnel will be the same except for the bass role. Since many of our Tribe members are professional working musicians, they embark on projects knowing that they must be flexible and make changes in personnel as needed. Los Angeles-based bassist Lou Castro will play this show.
The (larger) Tribe performed several all-star charity events starting off with a Beach Boys tribute at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills in July 2015; 700 people attended this sold-out event. In December, they reunited for a Rock ’n’ Roll Christmas show and sold out CSUN’s Plaza del Sol Performance Hall.
In June 2016 they performed a themed multimedia show, The California Saga — A Musical Journey of the California Sound, for two nights at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles to a combined audience of over 750, followed by their most recent venture back at CSUN, their all-star Peace, Love & Understanding show.
Watch for more Tribe shows in 2017 where their unique concept will feature more live performances of all-time classic albums in their entirety and other large all-star charity events.