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Surging Beatles Tribute Band Plays Benefit Saturday

Liverpool '64 headlines St. James Parish fundraiser at the Oak Creek Community Center this weekend.

A Franklin-based Beatles tribute band that has gained a fair amount of attention around the Milwaukee area will play St. James Parish's fundraiser at the on Saturday.

Liverpool '64 formed not too long ago at a Franklin block party as something of a gag, according to resident George Harrison counterpart Doug Scherrer. However, word quickly spread and they were invited to play an event at Milwaukee's Charles Allis Museum.

After that, the group's performance schedule has included numerous high-profile regional venues including the Old Pabst Brewery, German Fest, Mitchell Boulevard Park and the Mitchell Park Domes.

Scherrer admits that there are some drawbacks to the whole wig-and-costume act. "During the summer, it felt like 120 degrees under some of the tents we played," he said. But such unpleasantries haven't slowed the invasion of Liverpool '64.

"We're not in it for the money, we're just out to have fun," Scherrer said.

The faux Fab-Four are no strangers to Oak Creek - they sold out The Center last February as part of the "Two Bands, One Night" event. This year, they take the stage with replicas of John’s Rickenbacker, George’s Gretsch and Paul’s Hofner bass in hand.

Saturday's event aims to raise funds for St. James Parish, a church in which Scherrer is active.

Close Enuf - an oldies pop band hailing from Brookfield - will follow Liverpool '64 in the later set.

The event will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight and include raffles, a cash bar and table snacks. Beatles memorabilia will also be on display.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or at the parish office, 7219 S. 27th St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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