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The Fab 5 - Beatles Tribute

"The Fab 5 - Performing the Best of The Beatles, Hits of The 60s, Motown, and More......"

A desire to recreate the spirit & enthusiasm of the British Invasion and America's subsequent retaliation led to the formation of The Fab 5 in 1990. The Fab 5 is a Houston-based tribute band performing the greatest hits of THE BEATLES, THE ROLLING STONES, and many more! With their timeless tunes, 60s period Beatles suits & Carnaby Street Fashions, Hofner, Rickenbacker, Gretsch and Ludwig vintage Beatles instruments, authentic VOX amplifiers, style and humor representative of the times packaged in tight, production based performances, The Fab 5 have gained recognition as a leader in the fun-oldies tribute market. The Fab 5 has been a fixture to the Houston Music Scene for over 20 years. It is a sincere dedication, professionalism, & attention to detail that have become hallmarks of The Fab 5, as evidenced by their impressive client list. Relive the days of BEATLEMANIA each time you see The Fab 5. They are not only a BEATLES TRIBUTE BAND, but one of the BEST 60s TRIBUTE BANDS in the nation. In October 2007, The Fab 5 were also featured in The New Musical Express in England as one of the Top Beatles Tribute bands in America.

The Fab 5 have had the good fortune to share the stage with such great acts as The Beach Boys, Peter Noone & Herman's Hermits, Johnny Rivers, America, The Turtles, The Temptations, Three Dog Night, Tommy James & The Shondells, Chubby Checker, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Little Richard, Paul Revere & The Raiders, and may many more thru the years. Whether it's a festival concert, private corporate function, high school reunion or a nightclub engagement, The Fab 5 consider it a great pleasure to bring to life some of the best music of the 60s, 70s, & 80s and to rekindle those special memories. To enjoy these anthems live and in color is what audiences of all ages have twisted, shimmied, and shook to for over 20 years (and counting). Remember, The FAB 5 is "WHERE THE ACTION IS" and we look forward to seeing you at our next "SHINDIG".



The Fab 5 successfully works in the following applications:

HoustonArenas & Stadiums              Fab 5Theaters & Auditoriums
TexasFairs and outdoor events     The BeatlesConventions & Corporate Functions
Schools & Colleges             Fab FiveAuto, Boat and Car Shows
The Fab 5Special Events                     The Fab 5 BandOpening/Closing Acts

Fab 5Joe Baiardi

Electric Bass Guitar/Guitar and Lead Vocals

Joe originally hails from New York City. Joe started playing professionally at the age of 12 (beginning in the wedding band circuit). His first love was playing the drums but soon taught himself to play the guitar and piano. Joining up with friend Omar Sanders, Joe began playing in various high school bands in the 70s like Reeper & Centaur. By 1979,he formed Rubber Soul (1979-1983), a successful Beatles tribute band. Joe always wanted to perform Beatles music ever since he met John Lennon in 1976 on Broadway & 52nd street in Manhattan. Rubber Soul toured up and down the east coast playing Beatles conventions and dinner theaters in the early 80s. Joe and Rich Testa (who played "John" in Rubber Soul) also began writing together and wrote such lovely songs like "She's Changed" featured on the new FAB 5 cd .

In 1983 after Rubber Soul disbanded, Joe joined The Elevators (1984-1987), a new wave pop group in Manhattan which wrote and recorded original dance music. The band played all of Manhattan's hot spots like The China Club, CBGB's and The Bitter End. One of the bands songs "Whatcha Gonna Do" was also featured in the 1984 movie "Perfect" starring John Travolta and Jamie Leigh Curtis. It helped that their lead singer Brant Mewborn was also a senior editor with Rolling Stone Magazine. The Elevators were about to be signed to EMI's new MANHATTAN label, but were beat out by BALTIMORA (who had the hit "Tarzan Boy"). In 1988 Joe relocated to Houston, Texas. Brant Mewborn died in 1989. Rest In Peace my good friend.

Joe took a break from playing in bands until 1992, when he then joined Troy Hess & Dangerous Livin' (1992-1996) and continued on with Troy Hess in Zebra Three (2000-2002). In 2000, he was also offered the "Paul" role in the national Beatles tribute act Come Together. This also lead to performing with The Cast of Beatlemania as their "Paul" fill in for original cast members Mitch Weissman and Lenie Colacino. His love and appreciation for The British Invasion bands of the 60s will always remain his first true love, which is what lead him to join The Fab 5 in February 2003. That magical musical chemistry between the current line up makes The Fab 5 one of The Premier Party Bands in the nation!

The Fab 5(Ringo) Rod Robert

Drums and Vocals

Rod was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, one week before the Beatles first performance on the ‘Ed Sullivan’ show. The son of a military man, he moved to Italy as a young boy during the period when much of the music he plays with The Fab 5 was new. “I think that’s why this music is so familiar to me--my mother loved the Beatles and all of the British Invasion bands. She played her records in our house, on base, all the time so, I got a good dose of it as a kid very early on. I think it was a connection to home, back in the states. She sang professionally at officers clubs, supper clubs--sang all styles--from big band tunes to all the popular hits of the day. She did a mean version of ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’.

After returning from over seas, Rods’ family opened a musical instrument store in Houston in the early ‘70’s. Growing up and working in the family business, it seemed only natural that Rod would pursue music as a profession, both as a player and business owner. Today, he is the proud owner of Humble Music Center--Music Services and specializes in the collection and restoration of vintage guitars and of course, drums and drum sets. However, it is performing on stage that gives Rod his biggest thrill--and there have been many stages spanning his 25 year career. From extensive touring around Texas and throughout the southern portions of the U.S. in the 80’s to as far away as the United Arab Emirates (Persian Gulf) in ’89 & ’90 on what was described as a good-will tour of American culture.

Rod has always stayed active performing everything from country and rock to swing, blues and R&B. This versatility has led to opportunities in the studio, recording with the likes of Texas singer/songwriter/stylists Davin James and Clay Farmer, along with musicians extraordinaire Paul Burnett and Robert DiBlanco. With characteristic enthusiasm, Rod says, “SHOWTIME—that’s when the music comes alive!” Call him ‘RingoRod’ or ‘ModRod’, he has the uncanny ability to mimic the drummers he portrays, while keeping solid, steady time, and always flashing that Cheshire-cat grin. Rod, who joined the band in March ‘91after a phone call from a go-getter who would turn out to be ‘Hullabaloo’ Bill, is responsible for the bands foray into costuming as he is"The Idea Man". The Fab 5 is so much fun, the tunes are timeless, the camaraderie is great and like-minded with years of experience. When we play, I just embody that spirit. As the drummer, its got to groove to be Groovy Baby!” Rod’s drumming influences include: Ringos’ musicality, Keith Moons’ intensity, Mitch Mitchells’ style, John Bonhams’ kick, Ian Paices’ snare, Mel Taylors’ class, and Sandy Nelsons’ “Let There Be Drums”!

Fab 5Paul Byron

Keyboards and Vocals

A native Houstonian – guitarist, bassist, keyboardist & vocalist Paul Byron™ has played the Texas club circuit in numerous bands for many years, covering everything from Blues and Classic Rock to Funk and R&B. His unique vocal style and range have earned him a respectful comparison to the likes of Delbert McClinton, Wilson Pickett and Joe Cocker. He is also very much at home behind a piano or B3 organ, providing keys and vocals for many local Blues, Rock and R&B legends. 
Paul has also been front man for two incredible Houston bands - Love It To Death - The Alice Cooper Tribute Show and CRASH (Classic Rock All Stars of Houston). Both of these bands have made their mark on the Houston and regional music scene in recent years. He has also spent a couple of recent years playing keys and providing backup vocals for the legendary touring hard rock band, AXE. (Rock N Roll Party In The Streets!) 
It can be said with great authority, that everything he has done musically over the last 25 years has brought him to where he sits now, as member of Houston’s best tribute act (according to the 2011 Houston Press Music Awards), The Fab 5!


The Fab 5 Band Chuck Essick

Rhythm Guitar, and Vocals

At age nine, Dr.C stuck his head into a stereo speaker to better hear "I Want To Hold Your Hand", and the rest as they say is history. His first bands in middle and high school won numerous talent show prizes and played at local venues all over town. In the late 70s he moved up onto the club and party circuit with his band Crystal, a highly sought after black Top 40 band touring the southeast. Dr.C then took a 20 year hiatus from music while he earned a Master's Degree and began a career & family. In 1996 he formed the legendary North Houston band Strange Brew, in which he still plays lead guitar. Dr.C joined The Fab 5 in 2000, and his style of guitar playing was a refreshing burst of energy to the band. He is a certifiable lunatic onstage, jumping and dancing and frequently leaving the stage to party with the dancing crowds! A welcome addition of talent to The Fab 5 family.

Fab 5 bandJohn Lassen

Lead Guitar and Vocals

John started playing the guitar because his older sister was doing it and she was the favorite. Scarred for life, he vowed to get better. It's amazing what a little sibling rivalry will help to accomplish! His first stint as a guitarist was with the rock group Saffire. In the 1980's John worked with original progressive-rock group Blown Rose and then with country-rock group Black Rose. In 1997, he made a solemn vow never to work in a band containing the word "rose."

John has played around the USA and the UK in folk, rock, country, and progressive original music groups and has lent guitar, keyboard, and vocal parts to a slew of recordings all over the planet. Most recently, he has played lead guitar and keyboards for Houston favorites Hidden Agenda and Strange Brew. He is honored to be asked to join the Fab 5 and works hard to reproduce the lead guitar parts of those timeless Beatles tunes exactly as George did.