Rex Byers of Rex Byers Heating & Cooling is taking off the red shirt in exchange for head-to-toe John Lennon attire for The Beatles' 50th anniversary celebration on Feb. 15 at Eastern Howard Performing Arts Center.
Byers is one of the members of The Beatles Remix, a tribute band that has become well-known in the area over the past several years.
“We’re excited. I’ve actually never been in the Performing Arts Center, so it will be fun for my first time there to actually play there,” Byers said.
Byers joined the group four years ago and said it has been a fun hobby.
“We have costumes, and it’s like being in civic theater because you’re actually acting in addition to singing and performing. I like that part, but the other thing I like is having a hobby that actually pays me instead of costing me,” he said with a laugh.
Playing the role of Paul McCartney is Jeff Smith, one of the band’s original members and owner of Jeff’s Barbershop on the corner of Hoffer and LaFountain streets.
Greg Aaron, who began Inventrek and works in finance at Ivy Tech, plays George Harrison.
Jon Webster is the band’s newest member, playing Ringo.
In the five-and-a-half years the group has been around, they have performed all over the Midwest and earned a name for themselves at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino.
“Hoosier Park keeps having us back there because full-time bands charge enormous amounts of money, and we’re so affordable. They say we’re every bit as good as the other tribute bands,” Byers said.
Byers said he’s excited for the Greentown performance and to see some new faces.
“Every time we play in a different location, it brings a new crowd. The comments we get, people say ‘We didn’t know there was something like this in Kokomo.’ It’s always a good time, and we really enjoy it,” he said.
The performance comes as a fund raiser for Greentown Public Library. After not having a fund raiser for the past several years, Renda Hurst, adult services librarian, said it was time.
“In celebration of The Beatles’ 50th anniversary from when they debuted on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ in 1964, we figured this would be a good, fun way to give people something to do and raise some money for our programming fund,” she said.
Tickets are $15 and include hot dogs, chips, and beverages. There will be a costume contest, so Hurst encourages everyone to dress up. In addition, there will be karaoke, and attendees can have their portraits taken.
The concert will have its own Ed Sullivan, Ron Wyatt of the Greentown Library.
“[Wyatt] actually has a connection to The Beatles,” Hurst said. “His nephew is married to Ringo’s daughter.”
The event is sponsored by First Farmers Bank, Harper Implement, and Coca Cola. For tickets, call Greentown Public Library at 628-3534.