Beatlemaniacs, Booze, and Boyfriend: My The Beatles Tribute Night Experience

I was among the lucky ones who were given the chance to rock and roll to the beat of The Beatles’ timeless classics on the third volume of A Hard Day’s Night, a gig organized by Ilustrados. It was a tribute night for the four young lads who shook the world where Beatlemaniacs came together to let their hair down and sing along to the Fab Four’s hits.

Last February, my boyfriend and I also came to witness the volume two of this event, which was held at Troika. When we saw Ilustrados’ Facebook post about the third volume, we knew that we just found the perfect place to be for our date night. Because what could be better than a night spent with your boyfriend? A Beatles tribute night with booze and him, of course.

Beatlemaniacs Come Together to Witness Ilustrados’ A Hard Day’s Night Vol. 3

Photo Source: Ilustrados’ event page

Howard Luistro of Oh, Flamingo opened the event with Mother Nature’s Son, a heartwarming song from The White Album. It was followed by And I Love Her, a romantic McCartney song that never gets old. His playlist included the following songs in particular order:

  • Mother Nature’s Son
  • And I Love Her
  • Anna (Go With Him)
  • You Never Give Me Your Money
  • Penny Lane
  • No Reply
  • I Need You
  • All I’ve Got to Do
  • Norwegian Wood
  • Happiness Is a Warm Gun
  • Blackbird

Using his ukelele, Benny Giron of the BennyBunnyBand rocked the stage with a wild rendition of Why Don’t We Do It in The Road. Benny said that his all-out performance drained the energy out of him, so the next song that he played was I’m So Tired. Nice segue, man. The songs he performed were as follows:

  • Why Don’t We Do It in the Road
  • I’m So Tired
  • I Will
  • Something
  • Till There Was You
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  • Yer Blues

Benny’s stage-wrecking performance of John Lennon’s Yer Blues was followed by another high-energy performance by Kissling. Everything seemed to be impromptu with this band, with Jeremy Lopez quoting Howard that “Pwede naman hindi professional dito ‘di ba?” Still, singing along with our fellow Beatlemaniacs when the lead forgot the lyrics was fun. Kissling’s playlist included the following songs:

  • Day Tripper
  • Please Mister Postman
  • Words of Love
  • I’m Only Sleeping
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • In Spite of All the Danger
  • Here, There, and Everywhere
  • Rain
  • Ask Me Why
  • Revolution
  • The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

After several rock performances from the two previous acts, Ian Penn (Rafael Pena) serenaded the crowd with acoustic songs from different albums. He started off with Michelle for a warm up, followed by In My Life, which got the crowd singing, and Across the Universe, which set the mood for his entire act. The song was followed by four more feel-good, if not melancholic, songs by the Fab Four. The songs he performed were:

  • Michelle
  • In My Life
  • Across the Universe
  • For No One
  • Oh My Love
  • Dear Prudence 
  • Here Comes the Sun

The steady flow of sentimental songs was disrupted (in a good way) when Strange Creatures entered the scene. After Ian Penn’s beautiful rendition of Here Comes the Sun, I’d say there’s no better way to lift the mood of the crowd than by playing Eight Days a Week. The songs they played were:

  • Eight Days a Week
  • Baby’s in Black
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Two of Us
  • Strawberry Fields
  • If I Fell
  • Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
  • Girl
  • She Loves You

Jeremy Lopez, Ian Penn, Benny Giron, Carl Juliano of The Subspring, and Jon Tamayo shared the stage to close the event with eight Beatles classics, which got us banging our heads, dancing to the beat, and singing our hearts out. This part was what we all looked forward to the most in this event and these guys did not fail us. Come Together was an amazing song choice, although the singers (and the crowd, too) forgot some lyrics. Because seriously, who cares? Even John Lennon forgot the lyrics during some of his live performances. The playlist consisted of the following songs:

  • Come Together
  • Don’t Let Me Down
  • Twist and Shout
  • I Wanna Hold Your Hand
  • Oh Darling
  • Let It Be
  • Abbey Road Medley (Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/ The End)
  • Hey Jude

As expected, they closed the event with a longggggg rendition of Hey Jude because nananana.  If they played another song after that, we didn’t know. My boyfriend and I went home at 1:30 AM. We got a good night’s sleep, with me dreaming that there will be a fourth volume to this event.

*Featured photo used not mine


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