The Rolling Stones came and went from Washington, D.C., in June, but fans will still be able to hear some of their biggest hits on stage on Saturday.
“The great Rolling Stones, but for $575 less,” joked Ron Newmyer of BandHouse Gigs, which will present a tribute to the legendary band on Saturday at The Fillmore in Silver Spring.
Reserved tickets are $25, and standing room tickets are $20 — a big difference from the $600 tickets available for the sold-out Verizon Center gig earlier this summer.
Fifty-five performers will present their interpretations of Stones classics such as “You Can’t Always Get What you Want,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “Get Off My Cloud” and “Gimme Shelter.”
“A lot of musicians grew up playing the Rolling Stones … they touched a chord in a lot of people,” said Newmyer, who said the tribute will focus on songs released from 1963 through 1972.
“They started as an R&B cover band, then they mastered the pop sound, then when the Beatles broke up in 1968, they went back to R&B,” he said.
“They had a lot of styles — country, blues, R&B, rock ’n’ roll, pop, strings and horns — there wasn’t a single sound.”
Newmyer also gave Mick Jagger a lot of credit for his song delivery and stage presence.
“He could do shrieks and howls that not many people could do, and he has a sense of phrasing,” he said. “He’s a mesmerizing figure — you couldn’t not watch and listen to him.”
Singer and actress Julia Nixon said she’s looking forward to performing “Play with Fire” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”
Nixon said she can’t guarantee she’ll do jumping jacks on stage like Jagger, but she’ll put an equal amount of passion into the song.
“Anybody who knows me and knows how I sing knows that I love that raw, rock, in-your-face, hard-driving [sound],” said Nixon, who formerly lived in Washington, D.C., but now lives in North Carolina.
“When I was growing up in the south in the Bible Belt, rock ’n’ roll was something that was not permitted,” she said. “[The Stones] were seen as potheads and forbidden, and I couldn’t see Jimi Hendrix either.”
After Nixon left home in the 1980s, she discovered the Stones and has seen them on video.
“They’re just free spirits up there, they all were,” she said. “Their energy level was unbelievable.”
Laura Tsaggaris, who lives in Washington, D.C., said she will be singing a verse of “Sympathy for the Devil” along with other performers and also singing two songs on her own — “Let’s Spend the Night” and “She’s a Rainbow.”
“’Let’s Spend the Night’ is one of those iconic songs,” she said. “I remember hearing about them singing it on the Ed Sullivan show, when they had to change the words.”
Tsaggaris said she hadn’t heard of “She’s a Rainbow” before, and welcomes the chance to learn and perform it for the concert
“It’s really an interesting, quirky song,” said Tsaggaris, adding that the tribute is “pretty cool,” because both the artists and the audience discover something new about the Stones from hearing some of their lesser-known songs.
Country rock singer Scott Kurt, who lives in Arlington, Va., said he learned about the Stones in the 1980s when MTV first took off.
“They embraced it with songs like ‘Start Me Up’ and ‘Waiting on a Friend,’ which were in constant rotation when I was a kid,” he said.
Kurt said he will be the lead singer in an acoustic arrangement of “Factory Girl,” and he will also be singing “Happy,” one of his favorites because Keith Richards, who wrote most of it, also sang it on the band’s “Exile on Main Street” album.
“It was high-energy musicianship and effortless cool,” said Kurt about the legendary Stones. “I think it was the way they moved.”
All three performers said they enjoy the chance to sing and play with other people in the tribute concerts, which are known for Newmyer’s practice of throwing two or three performers together, giving them a little time to rehearse with each other and seeing what happens.
“It’s like flash performances,” Nixon said. “You just go out there and turn it on and roll. That’s the magic of BandHouse.”