This Friday is 'White Album Friday' on BIG 100, an all-day celebration of the 50th anniversary of 'The White Album' by The Beatles.
The signature event of the day will be our White Album Party in the iHeart Radio Sound Stage featuring a performance by The GoodFellas & Friends.
The GoodFellas are a Beatles tribute band based in the Washington, D.C. area. They play locally around the DMV, and have played national and international festivals including Abbey Road on the River, and International Beatleweek in Liverpool.
Who are the 'Friends' in 'The GoodFellas & Friends'?
They are three incredible musicians we are lucky to have performing at our White Album Party!
Stoney Johnstone - I first saw Stoney perform as the bass player for Going Mobile, a great local Who Tribute Band. He also plays keyboards, guitar, mandolin, harmonica and percussion.
In addition to Going Mobile, Stoney plays keyboards for The Crimestoppers (Classic Rock & Blues) and bass with Valentine Slim (country and rock-a-billy).
He has toured with Who’s Next (Who Tribute, NYC) and The Wholigans (Who Tribute, FL), and performed with countless local bands including Daryl Davis and Jr. Cline. He has also played with The Drifters.
At Friday night's White Album Party, Stoney will be 'playing the role of Billy Preston,' as he says in a Facebook post. Yup, he'll be on keyboards.
Find out more about Going Mobile on the band's Facebook page here.
Eric Schlam - Being a big Beatles fan, I first became familiar with Eric through his work with another area Beatles Tribute Band, The Apple Core.
Eric is from Northern Virginia and has been playing guitar and keys for over 40 years. He performs everything from from rock to pop to classical and jazz, and his emotive expression is unique and well respected.
Some projects he's been doing lately (in addition to The Apple Core) are Hit by Pitch, an acoustic duo; and the classic rock group The Darby Brothers. Whether he's playing the guitar or keyboard, Eric has mastered the classics from Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Santana, Boston, Badfinger, B.J.Thomas, Harry Chapin, James Taylor, Van Morrison and other great artists from the 60's & 70's.
Find out more about Eric at ericschlam.com
Neal Green - Neal is an incredible vocalist and will be showcasing his talent on a couple of key 'White Album' songs.
In 2010, Neal attended a local Beatles festival, and that inspired him to produce a charity show called “Let It Be DC." It was Neal's 2014 event at Lansdowne Resort where I first saw The GoodFellas! Eric Schlam's band The Apple Core also performed at the event.
In 2016, Neal had the honor of performing with The GoodFellas at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool as part of International Beatleweek!
I've always loved going to see The GoodFellas, but now with the 'Friends' Stoney, Eric and Neal in the mix, this is going to be an epic night!
You can stream the performance from the White Album Party at wbig.com/soundstage starting at 7:30 p.m. this Friday night, November 16th.