The Buskirk-Chumley Theater was filled Friday night with the sounds of the audience singing along to familiar Beatles songs like "Yesterday" and "Hey Jude."
The Mersey Beatles cover band made its third trip to Bloomington on Friday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," playing the full album in the first half of the show, then entertaining the audience with samples from every other Beatles album.
There were Beatles fans from age 91, as the band pointed out at the beginning of the show, to toddlers being held on their parents' laps. One young boy was dressed in a bright green Sgt. Pepper-style suit, matching the band's John Lennon. Some danced in the aisles, and almost everyone sang along to the songs they knew.
Some audience members shared their memories of the original Beatles, and why they came to the show:
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The conference will focus on musical improvisation from the Middle Ages onward.
Tickets start at $35 and go on sale in August.
The group will make its way to Bloomington for a show at 9 p.m. tonight.