By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer
If anyone ever doubted the continued popularity of the Beatles, then he should swing by the Moore Theatre in Seattle later this week.
There, he’ll see hundreds and hundreds of people lining up each night to see Rain, a bunch of guys who pretend to be the Beatles.
It’s a surefire testament to the Fab Four’s continued fame that a note-for-note recreation of the group’s epic run in the 1960s can fill seats.
Rain, the popular Beatles tribute act, will start its five-night stand at the Moore beginning with 7:30 p.m. shows Wednesday and Thursday night.
By most measures, Rain is the best faux-Beatles act around. The group had a 10-month run on Broadway from 2010 to 2011, and boasts of bringing in more than $55 million since 2008.
Its recipe for success is simple: Don’t mess with the legend. The men in Rain adopt costumes for each of the Beatles’ iconic phases: the skinny ties of the Ed Sullivan years, the rainbow colored regalia of the Sgt. Peppers era, the bearded hippie look of their final days together. Then they play hits and fan favorites from each period.
Tickets are $27 to $47 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Also this coming week, the Walkmen headline a sold-out charity show at the Neptune Theatre.
The Walkmen are coming off the success of their album “Heaven,” a typically yearning album of atmospheric rock.
The New York-based group recorded the record — which popped up on several “best of 2012” lists, and cracked the top 40 on the Billboard 200 — in Woodinville with producer Phil Ek, well-known for his work with the Shins and Band of Horses.
The group’s Seattle show, at 8 p.m. Sunday, will raise money for Youth in Focus, an after school photography program for disadvantaged youth.
While tickets are sold-out, they can be found at marked-up prices at stubhub.com.
Father John Misty will open the Walkmen’s charity show before returning to the Neptune Theatre at 8 p.m. Tuesday for a headlining show of his own.
Father John Misty is the stage name of the indie folk singer J. Tillman. While critics have raved about Tillman’s solo work, he may be best known for the three years he spent as the drummer for the Fleet Foxes.
He left that band in 2011 to refocus on his own music, and released his first album under the pseudonym Father John Misty the following year on Seattle’s Sub Pop Records. The album, which drew comparisons to Gram Parsons and Harry Nilsson, squeaked onto the Billboard charts at No. 123 amid strong reviews.
Tickets are $16.50 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Hot Buttered Rum also will headline the Neptune Theatre at 8 tonight.
The Bay Area-based band plays an amped-up version of bluegrass, approaching the music of Appalachia with a rock ‘n’ roll attitude.
The group most recently released a live album — 2012’s “Live in the Sierra”— and is wrapping up work on a new studio record, which may see release later this year.
Until then, fans of Hot Buttered Rum can get their fill during the group’s West Coast tour.
Tickets are $22 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.