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Based in Chapel Hill, NC, Beatles & 60's rock & roll band The BackBeat pleases crowds of all ages with hits from the Fab Four along with timeless classics from The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, The Kinks and more! Since 2001, The Backbeat have built a loyal following of college students and young-at-heart fans of all ages. Their repertoire spans The Beatlesí entire career, and they take great pride in striving to reproduce the songs as true to the originals as possible - including 3 and 4 part vocal harmonies.  Fans young and old alike share the bandís enthusiasm and love for these hits, and a splendid time is guaranteed for all!


BackBeat News 8/22/2015

         Ladies and gentlemen:  We'd like to introduce you to our new lead guitarist, the fabulous Ben Lassiter!  Ben had his debut performance with the BackBeat at our Pittsboro Roadhouse this past Saturday 8/22/15.  A splendid time was had by all!  Ben has a Masters in guitar performance from NC Central University.  We are very happy to have him in the group!

        Jay Manley, after 4 years in the lead guitar spot has opted to move on to other projects.  Jay is our friend and a superbly talented musician; we wish him well in new endeavors.Jay's last show was the night before Ben's debut, Aug 21 at He's Not Here! 

A new photo session is in order very soon!

The BackBeat:

Paul Cole - bass guitar, vocals

Andrew "Nihilo" Edwards - rhythm guitar/keyboards, vocals

Ben Lassiter - lead guitar, vocals     

Zsolt David - drums, vocals


Chris Chamis - drums,vocals  - June 2001 thru Dec 2007

John Covach - lead guitar -  June 2001 thru March 2004

Jon Heames - lead guitar -  March 2004 thru August 2007

Brad Newell - lead guitar - Sept 2007 thru Dec 2007

Ron Parent - lead guitar - Jan 2008 thru June 2011

Jay Manley - lead guitar - July 2011 thru Aug 2015

Upcoming engagements

Sept 6, 2015 (Sun)  Summer Concert on the Green series, downtown Davidson NC (Paul's hometown!)   6 to 8 pm, free!

Sept 19, 2015  Gate City Rotary Club and East Coast Entertainment present The BackBeat and the Breakfast Club (fab 80s band) in concert at New Bridge Bank Park (The downtown ballpark of the Greensboro Grasshoppers pro baseball team!) 408 Bellemeade St, Greensboro, NC)  7:00 to 8:30 PM,  20.00 admission

Sept 20, 2015 (Sun) Homecoming event, New Horizon Church, Durham NC 11:45 am

Sept 25, 2015  Party, Bascom Arts Resort, Highlands NC, 7 to 10 pm

Oct 17, 2015 Blue Note Grill, 709 Washington Street, Durham NC (919) 401-1979 8 pm to 11 pm, 6.00 cover.

Oct 24, 2015  Concert,Turnage Theater, 150 West Main Street, Washington NC,  252-946-2504 8 pm 

Nov 14, 2015:   He's Not Here 112 Ĺ W. Franklin St , Chapel Hill (919) 942-7939,10:30 PM to 1:30 AM

 Dec 19, 2015:   Pittsboro Roadhouse, 39 West Street, Pittsboro NC 919-542-2432, 8 PM to 11 PM  6.00 at door


Eve Carson Memorial concert 4/13/08



Beatles and 60s Rock&Roll

Introducing new lead guitarist Ben Lassiter!

Charlotte EpiCentre April 30, 2015

At the Casbah 2013



Cat's Cradle, Oct 14, 2006

at WB Yeats, Fall 2003








Our new ride ;)  April 2007

Many of the guitars we use in the BackBeat are authentic Beatles instruments, i.e. the same brands and models the Beatles used.  Here are some links on Beatles equipment:

The Beatles and Rickenbacker Guitars

Beatles Gear

Beatles Guitars