A concert of the best loved pop songs of all time
There will be a show tonight
Stroll Down Penny Lane is a live performance with beautiful accompanying films of the music of the most iconic songwriter of our age: Paul McCartney. The show includes songs spanning McCartney’s career – from early influences, to the Beatles, through the Wings period, and beyond. All performed by some of the Bay Area’s most sought-after career musicians. You’ll also hear songs that have never been performed in concert – anywhere, by anyone!
Long and Winding Road
Live, in concert, experience McCartney’s music and influences, from early rock and roll – like Little Richard – until now, spanning sixty years of music. Explore the ballads – a form McCartney adopted when he was a teenager. He became it’s acknowledged master – no one else in the world can compare.
I’ve Got a Feeling
Delve deep into the music. See the origin of a song and the musical devices that McCartney used to move us so deeply. The collaboration that led to the creation of a song. The times and history the music is embedded in.
Penny Lane is one of several Liverpool streets that meet at the Penny Lane bus terminus. Any time Paul and John traveled by bus to visit one another, they would change buses there!
Live and Let Die
Maybe I’m Amazed
Interview with band leader Joe Anastasi
KPFA November 10, 2018
Interview with Stroll Down Penny Lane
KPOO Interview part 1
KPOO Interview part 2
“…refreshingly different to other tribute acts. A truly delightful mix of talented musical performances and animated storytelling…”
Ronnie Sharp, Ronnie’s Awesome List
“I will always remember Stroll Down Penny Lane… …the bagpipe performance of Mull of Kintyre opened my heart to life itself.”
Torhild Eik, Norway
“The audience was so high after your performance of “Hey Jude,” they’ll have to scrape the Brylcreem off the ceiling of the Bellevue Club!”
“The show is wonderful.”
Billy Cohen, Labyrynth Management
“This was not a simple cover performance, but rather an information rich nostalgia trip with projections providing insights during songs and Anastasi acting as raconteur between them.”
ARE YOU A FAN OF PAUL McCARTNEY?
THEN YOU SHOULDN’T MISS THIS CONCERT!
Stroll Down Penny Lane, a Tribute to Paul McCartney, at the historic Bellevue Club in Oakland, is refreshingly different to other tribute acts. A truly delightful mix of talented musical performances and animated storytelling celebrating the remarkable life and music of Sir Paul McCartney spanning his entire career, from The Beatles and Wings to his solo LPs.
Prof. Stompensplatt and band takes the audience on a real life musical journey from Paul’s early days with The Beatles, their emotional breakup, love, life and loss. The band was not afraid to stray from the biggest hits, sprinkling the show with some lesser-known gems combined with Sir Paul McCartney’s most popular songs. It’s no wonder both shows sold out!
Ronnie Sharpe – Ronnie’s Awesome List
“I have been humming to Beatles songs and [have] Googled lyrics since the night of Friday the 6th. I will always remember Stroll Down Penny Lane – a whole night of music expanded through selection of lyrics pointing out patterns and storylines on the screen behind the band.
“I grew up long after the Beatles and was unaware of how intriguing the stories in the songs are, like the story of Melanie Coe and the effects it had on her life to be immortalized. The variation of musical compositions showed through images and text displayed on the screen while the band played was fun and easy to follow for me, who knows absolutely nothing about guitars and making music. The newspaper clips, words from radio interviews, TV images and peaceful landscapes respectfully distant to Paul McCartney’s private retreat after the Beatles breakup, kept the concert focused as a truly fabulous tribute to Paul McCartney. Beatles will forever be in my heart, and the bagpipe performance of Mull of Kintyre opened my heart to life itself.
“Thank you Joe Anastasi, and your band members Mark Abbott, Winter, Mike Sugar, Matt Twain and solo performers. I love your music and stage show, and I sincerely hope you will perform this tribute many more times.”
Torhild Eik, Norway
“I want to tell you how much I enjoyed last Friday’s event. The band was fantastic and your performance awesome! You obviously have a cinematography background — the pictures, sketches, and stories were wonderful — but most impressive was your singing, I truly was quite amazed! My sincere congratulations and judging by the attendance a great success. Bravo!”
“That was an impressive performance that you guys delivered last Friday… and then again on Saturday! The fact that you could remember 33 songs, the lyrics, the stories, and then deliver them flawlessly (as far as I’m concerned anyway) was mind boggling to me. And of course, I’ve been humming Beatles songs, non-stop, since then. I can tell it was a monumental job, to put the project together and you did it very gracefully! And survived unhurt… Extraordinary!”
Vicente Franco; Franco Productions
“It’s a Hit!!
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed your multimedia extravaganza. More noteworthy, my cousin from Redwood City who attended (with her husband) the Friday performance raved about it. I was curious to know whether she, as a charter member of the Paul McCartney fan club and one of the screamers at the Shea Stadium concert, was aware of all the revelations in the videos and slides. She said she knew most of them (e.g., Melanie Coe), but Carl Perkins and Dragonfly (among others) were new to her.”