Canadian musician Jim Witter is a fan of exploring and enjoying the music of legendary hit makers.
On Saturday, Witter and his band will bring the sounds of the Beatles to life in his show "The Long and Winding Road" at The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University.
"We've been doing the Lennon and McCartney show for about five years now," said Witter, who last performed in the area in 2012 when he brought his "Piano Men" concert to GSU. Witter's "Piano Men" show salutes the music of Elton John and Billy Joel. He and his band also perform concerts in celebration of the tunes of Simon and Garfunkel among other musicians. A recent show Witter has come up with is "Jim Witter's Coffee House" starring folk songs of the '70s.
"I'm a huge Beatles fan," Witter said, adding he'll present a mix of songs from the Fab Four catalog with a playlist featuring tunes such as "A Hard Day's Night," "Penny Lane," "Ticket to Ride," "Hey Jude" and "Let it Be."
An acoustic portion of the concert will feature songs such as "Yesterday," and "Blackbird."
"I was born in 1964 so I was a kid when The Beatles were really hitting. I remember as a child hearing the music being played in my house," Witter said. His older brother was an avid Beatles fan.
"Their music takes me back and it's nostalgic," the musician said. "The music can really transport us to another time and place."
Witter said there's something about the Beatles music that has always "tugged" at his soul. Being a songwriter, Witter said he can relate to the storytelling quality of the Lennon and McCartney tunes.
With the Lennon and McCartney show, Witter said he wants to "try to present tunes from each phase of The Beatles' career."
"There'll be a little bit of everything," he said. "This is one of my favorite shows to perform."