The Cambrian

Music, magic take stage at Cambria Center for the Arts

The Fab 8 will bring their Beatles act to the Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre in a pair of shows May 28 and 29.
The Fab 8 will bring their Beatles act to the Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre in a pair of shows May 28 and 29.

Music and magic will be the themes this month at Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre, which will offer three performances in its Cabarasque series during May.

The Kings of Cool, a tribute to the Rat Pack of the 1960s, will take a bow for an encore performance at 7:30 p.m. May 14. Chad Stevens, Bobby Horn, John Laird and Brett Mitchell star in this cabaret-style performance featuring music made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. The performance will recall their Las Vegas shows, featuring impromptu comedy and audience participation.

Featured numbers include such hits as “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Everybody Loves Somebody,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Luck Be a Lady,” “New York, New York” and “That’s Amore.”

On May 21 and 22, Rick “The Village Wizard” Bruce will take the stage for a special magic show Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and again Sunday at 3 p.m.

Bruce’s show will include comical and spooky magic, as well as some of his favorite stories and recollections.

On May 28 and 29, The Fab 8 — a Beatles-themed act from Southern California — will perform concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

The group was formed at member Pat Naish’s 50th birthday party, which struck a Beatles theme: Even the food and drinks were labeled with Beatles titles. Afterward, the members of the future group — all friends of Naish’s who played in different bands — gathered to play Beatles tunes on acoustic guitars and an upright piano in the living room.

The band that formed subsequently isn’t a Beatles tribute band, its members say, but rather, a group honoring the music that inspired their careers.

The Fab 8 are Chris Maury on bass guitar and percussion; Dale Brooks on bass, vocals and percussion; Doug Brooks on vocals and percussion; Matt Snyder on keyboard and vocals; Martie Echito on acoustic guitar and vocals; Pat Naish on acoustic guitar and vocals; Chris Parry on acoustic/electric guitars and vocals; and Hai Muradian on acoustic guitar, flute and vocals.

A wine bar will be open at 6:30 p.m. prior to the evening shows for Bruce and the Fab 8.

Tickets are $20 for each of the performances.