‘Abbey Road’ coming to Chatfield


SUBMITTED PHOTO Collective Unconscious will bring the sounds of the Beatles to Chatfield this week. The group includes, from left, Nathan “Nature” Nesje, Andy Deckard, Jeff Engholm, Mugsy Lauer and George Maurer.

The Beatles released their famous “Abbey Road” album 50 years ago, but you can hear it performed live this week in Chatfield when Collective Unconscious returns to Chatfield Center for the Arts Potter Auditorium for “Abbey Road – A Celebration of the Beatles” on Thursday, Oct. 17.

The Beatles are widely regarded as the most influential rock band of all time.  Released in 1969, “Abbey Road” was the last studio effort from the Beatles and is listed on multiple “best album” lists.  “Abbey Road” in Chatfield will include a wide selection of Beatles’ hits from their first 10 albums released between 1960 and 1969 during the first half of the performance.  The second half of the show will be a note-for-note, nuance-for-nuance version of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album in its entirety.

Collective Unconscious is well-known in Chatfield for live performances of the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” album, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Déjà Vu” album, and Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” album.  The group is also known for its collaboration with the Fabulous Armadillos and the immensely popular “Takin’ It To the Limit” Eagles tribute performed multiple times at Chatfield Center for the Arts.

During this performance, Collective Unconscious celebrates the joy inherent in each Beatles song and executes each of the 17 Beatles’ “Abbey Road” tracks – including such classic songs as “Come Together,” “Octopus' Garden” and “Here Comes the Sun” – with precision, reverence and exuberance. 

Chatfield Center for the Arts opens at 6 p.m. for socializing and pre-concert activities.  Food trucks will be onsite and beverages (water, soda, beer, and wine) will be sold by Chatfield Center for the Arts prior to the show and during intermission.  Potter Auditorium doors will open at 6:45 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. 

The show includes two full sets of music with a 20-minute intermission in between sets.  All seats are reserved. The advanced ticket price of $32.25 includes all handling and service fees.  Tickets sold at the door are $35. Tickets are available at www.chatfieldarts.org, by calling 507-884-7676, or at the door on the day of the show.