Union Station, Muse/ique Bring Abbey Road to Colorado Boulevard [Pasadena Outlook]

By Charlie Peters

For the better part of an hour last week, Muse/ique’s counter-conventional take on the Beatles thrilled an audience at Noor during Union Station Homeless Services’ 15th annual “An Evening for the Station.”

Utilizing gospel singers, guitarists picked from the crowd and adept on-the-fly adjustments, Maestra Rachael Worby took center stage as Muse/ique performed the “Abbey Road” album in front of a sold-out crowd.

A poignant moment — serving as a reminder of what the benefit show was for — came near the end of the evening, when a man who’d been helped by Union Station stood and told his story of falling into homelessness before rising back to success.

“He said, ‘You are looking at the face of homelessness,’” Worby said. “We all need to be reminded that the blessing of a roof is just that: a blessing. It is essential in a community as intimate as ours that we make sure everybody is provided with what we have.”With more than $80,000 raised at the event, Union Station — the San Gabriel Valley’s largest and most comprehensive social service agency assisting homeless men, women and children — will continue to do just that. Union Station CEO Marv Gross called the “Beatles Bash” evening a huge success.“We are extremely grateful to Maestra Rachael Worby and her wonderful performers for a great evening of entertainment, [and] having a sell-out crowd of 380 Union Station supporters was thrilling,” Gross said. “From Abbey Road to Colorado Boulevard, I can’t imagine a better way for people to come together to help the homeless in our community.”Worby and Muse/ique’s performers played both sides of the legendary “Abbey Road” album, even pulling up local resident Jerry Kohl to play lead guitar and George Harrison’s solo on “Here Comes the Sun,” as well as trading guitars on “The End.”“I feel that there was some alchemy in the room that is indescribable,” Worby said. “It was one of those evenings where the brilliance of the human voice and the genius of the Beatles and the amazing audience came together as one.”http://www.outlooknewspapers.com/news-spotlight/pasadena/news-spotlight/union-station-muse/ique-bring-abbey-road-to-colorado-boulevard

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