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19th Annual Mount Dora Music Festival - February 19-21, 2016

Mount Dora Music Festival
2015-2016 Season

News & Updates

For Immediate Release: September 23, 2015

Mount Dora Music Festival Hosts ‘Yesterday and Today’
A Live Interactive Beatles Concert Experience


Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience, is the nation’s most innovative and unique show utilizing the works of the Beatles. Yesterday and Today takes center stage Friday, November 6th at 7:30 pm, at the Mount Dora Community Building, 520 N. Baker Street, downtown. The concert serves as the fall fundraiser for the Mount Dora Music Festival, a 501C3 non-profit organization.

Led by brothers Billy, Ryan, and Matthew McGuigan, the rock group does away with the typical tribute format of wigs, accents, and costumes. Instead, they perform as themselves with amazing vocals and musical precision while presenting some of the most popular music ever written. The show incorporates a 1960s style set and modern lighting scheme to create an extraordinary theatrical concert feel.

What sets this show apart is the song selections remain in the hands of audience members who fill out cards listing three things: their name, favorite Beatles song, and the reason for choosing it. Two minutes before the show begins, the cards are collected and a set list is created based upon the requests. As an added treat, the narrative of the evening is created from the reasons why the audience members chose those songs.

Producer and lead talent in three national hit shows, Billy developed the live request format for Yesterday and Today, complete with the requirement that all band members memorize and be able to play on a second’s notice all 200+ songs in the Beatles anthology.

The Florida Connection

This show has strong ties to the state of Florida. The McGuigan family moved to Clearwater from Delaware in the 1970s to follow the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training, so summers were spent on Florida’s west coast. Their father loved the Beatles music and it was there that he introduced it to his sons.

“Our father was in the Air Force,” Billy McGuigan recalls. “And not having much money meant that our spare time was spent around the kitchen table with Beatles chord books and guitars learning these songs.”

The brothers' first-ever performance of Beatles songs was in their grandparents’ Clearwater living room in front of their entire family. When their father retired from the military in 1994, the family moved to Largo. In March 1996, he was diagnosed with leukemia and passed away in June at the age of 42. “The only thing my brothers and I could turn to was the Beatles music our dad taught us as kids,” McGuigan says. “At the request of family, we performed Dad’s favorite song, Let It Be.

“Our love of performing started in Florida and has stayed with us our entire life. Florida holds such a special place in our hearts for so many reasons…it is and will always be home.”

Now living in Nebraska, the group has been touring and performing the Beatles songbook throughout America since 2007. While the songs, stories, and faces change with each performance, a constant element is the mutual respect the performers and the audience have for the Beatles. Whether it’s for the sheer love of their music or to share a personal connection, the McGuigans feel privileged to do what they love most: Honoring the memory of their father and the gift of music he gave them.

Tickets are on sale for $25, $32 and $40 with a $5 discount per ticket for groups of 10 or more (use promo code GROUP10 when ordering.)

Online tickets are available at www.mountdoramusicfest.com, via the hotline at (352) 385-1010 or 352-383-2627, or in person at Barrel of Books and Games, 128 West 4th Avenue, downtown Mount Dora. For more information, call executive director, Nancy Howell at 352-383-2627.