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Portraying The Beatles, Las Vegas-based Legends of Yesterday tours nationally and internationally with their tribute to the Fab Four, the Everly Brothers, and Buddy Holly. Wabash Valley College and the Wabash Valley Arts Council will be presenting Legends of Yesterday at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 17 at the Brubeck Arts Center. Since their previous appearance at WVC, the Legends of Yesterday have received endorsements from Don Everly of the Everly Brothers and from Sir Paul McCartney.

“If there had been no Everly Brothers or Buddy Holly, there wouldn’t have been The Beatles,” Yesterday Productions Don Bellezzo founder says of the powerful influence these American rock artists had on a very young band from Liverpool. “The Beatles were tremendously influenced by the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly.”

The following day after the performance in Mt. Carmel, Legends of Yesterday will be hosted October 18 by Grand Theatre in Frankfort, Kentucky which is capital city of the Commonwealth and home state of the Everly Brothers.

Productions tours by Yesterday Productions have encompassed five continents with performances in Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, China, amusement parks as well as military installations throughout the world. “We have played all over for years, including seven times to Japan,” Bellezzo, who is a master of the John Lennon persona, said.

Since 1989, the group has done over 3,000 shows. At their January 17, 2005 performance, Legends of Yesterday received the Key to the City of Mt. Carmel.

Perhaps the most memorable occasion was an invitation from the U. S. Postal Service to entertain at the unveiling of the “Yellow Submarine” postage stamp in Washington, D.C. They have also performed with several renowned Symphonies, most notably, the Boston Pops.

Legends of Yesterday have been featured on radio and television including Dick Clark’s “Your Big Break” as well as in leading industry publications such as Rolling Stone Magazine. The group has often been recognized as the No. 1 Beatles Tribute Production Company.

For an 11-year-old Beatles fan, attending the September 2, 2012 performance by Yesterday Productions at Brubeck Arts Center was a special occasion indeed. Zachary Eagan had become a big Beatles fan while living for four years in England at Mildenhall AFB where his father had been stationed. Zachary’s photograph with Yesterday after that show appeared on front page of the local daily newspaper.

The multi-talented Legends of Yesterday can also be seen at the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on a video with other celebrities welcoming visitors. The band has been performing their tribute since 1989.

Tickets are $10 and are available at, or by calling 618-263-5124. Patron Passes will be honored.