It is a summer tradition. The Fab 5 are invading The Charles Bender Performing Arts Center Aug. 28.

The Fab 5 is a multitalented, Houston-based Beatles Tribute Band performing the greatest hits of The Beatles and recreating the pop beat music of the 1960s and ‘70s.

“We created the Fab 5 about 30 years ago for one purpose, to channel the early, middle and late Beatles, 1964 to 1970, with all the appropriate costume changes that make this show so unique,” said Joe Baiardi, who plays bass guitar and channels Paul McCartney.

“Humble and Lake Houston are special to us because of the wonderful reception we receive every time we play The Bender,” said Baiardi.

The Bender audience will hear all their favorite Beatle songs. “All My Lovin’,” “Day Tripper,” and “Hey Jude,” to name just a few.

“We probably will perform 30 to 40 songs covering every album,” said Baiardi, who is originally from New York City but now calls Houston home.

“The Fab 5 is such an audience favorite. They recreate so many of those timeless tunes,” said Jennifer Wooden, director of The Bender and the Humble Civic Center. “Not only do they dress up like The Beatles, but they also really do sound like the Beatles and play those timeless songs note for note.”

Wooden is delighted to have the Fab 5 back to headline what will be a very busy fall season at The Bender.

The Fab 5 Beatles Tribute will be followed by Derek Spence, a George Strait tribute artist who will perform at The Bender Saturday, Sept. 11. The Texas Repertory Theatre Sept. 17-19 and 24-26 presents “God’s Megaphone: A Visit with C.S. Lewis,” featuring Steven Fenley as the legendary Christian champion.

Rockstar Concert Pianist Jade Simmons returns to The Bender Oct. 9 with part 2 of her inspirational message, and the Texas Repertory Theatre brings the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Driving Miss Daisy,” to The Bender on multiple weekends beginning Nov. 12.

To wrap up 2021, the City of Humble will celebrate the holiday season with the city’s annual holiday concert, this year featuring gospel singer, songwriter, and worship leader Vicki Yohe, backed by a live orchestra.

Wooden encourages Lake Houston residents to plan their weekends by visiting The Bender and Humble Civic Center websites first.

“It is amazing to see the family-friendly performances and events that Humble is offering,” said Wooden. “Monster truck shows, classic car shows, mixed martial arts match, Zydeco Blues Festival and the Greater Humble Kennel Club Dog Show. It makes sense to check us out first before you decide how you are going to spend your weekend.”

And don’t forget to welcome the family-friendly Fab 5 back to The Bender stage for the fourth time Saturday, Aug. 28, 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, or 281-446-4140.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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