By Christian Thompson
This week, we’ve officially come to the half-way mark of summer, which serves to remind us of all the torments that surely await us at the season’s end—a new school year, increasingly shorten periods of daylight, and another disappointing football season for Washington Redskins fans, just to name a few.
If you stop and think about it for too long, you can even start to feel the frightening chill of October’s somber wind worming its way deep into the hollows of your heart. No, wait, you just passed out on the couch with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s again. Phew, take it easy over there. Summer is still alive and well.
In case you need a reminder that the season has plenty left to offer, this week’s entry in Leesburg’s Acoustic on the Green series should stop that pessimism of yours dead in its tracks. Not only because it’ll give you the opportunity to venture outdoors and enjoy the charms of the town’s Historic District, but because you’ll be able to listen to the sweet sounds of local music favorite, Cal Everett, as he sings the songs of pop music’s most beloved group: The Beatles.
Everett couldn’t be more well-suited to take on a catalogue as heralded as the Fab Four’s. He and pop music have their own special relationship, and the two have a shared history that spans decades.
Everett, a Loudoun resident for the past 33 years, first made a name for himself as the vocalist/bass player for the D.C.-based power pop group, 4 Out of 5 Doctors. They blended the energetic, new wave sounds of artists like Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe with an even more rollicking sound that was tailor-made for the arena. Think of The Cars dressed like David Lee Roth. Or Rick Springfield with more of Tom Petty’s songwriting talent.
In the years after the group’s break-up, Everett maintained a solo career and eventually found himself involved with Loudoun’s ever-burgeoning musical scene. He describes the scene as a “family” and he must be a respected member; this will be his sixth time performing at Acoustic on the Green, a music series which tends to highlight the best of what the county has to offer.
Everett, who grew up in the ’60s, admits he was slow to join in on the Beatlemania movement.
“I was not one of the biggest Beatles fans when they hit the scene,” he said. “Of course, there was no avoiding them or ignoring their influence.”
Today, Everett looks back on the “growth, experimentation, and variety” that the ’60s offered with fondness and respect.
“I was always a fan of pop music,” said Everett, “and in my opinion [the ’60s] was the best decade ever for pop/rock music.”
Everett said his luck with weather for Acoustic on the Green hasn’t been the greatest over the years and rain is once more in the forecast for this Saturday. “At least three performances I’ve had to do in the basement of the Town Hall,” he said. “I call these shows ‘Acoustic Underthe Green’.”
He notes the significance that events like Acoustic on the Green hold for the community. “It’s important to have a venue that allows the artists of Loudoun to perform for the residents of Loudoun. There is an abundance of talent in the community and, from what I’ve seen and experienced, an equal amount of support.”
Although the weekend forecast leaves much to be desired, there’s hope that Everett’s Beatles setlist will serve as a prophecy for brighter weather. They do have a song called “Here Comes The Sun,” after all.
Acoustic On the Green takes place 7-9 p.m. Saturdays on Leesburg’s Town Green. Admission is free. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held inside the Town Hall building.