Powerful Brenda Silas Moore’s ‘All You Need Is Love’ salutes Beatles and more in Studio City

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Review by Tim Lydeen

I was treated to a wonderful evening of music played and sung to perfection as L.A. native and cabaret icon Brenda Silas Moore brought her new show, All You Need Is Love, to Upstairs at Vitello’s for one night only last Friday.

As you would guess by the show’s title, it was an evening of all-Beatles music with a couple of songs written by “fifth Beatles” Harry Nilsson and Billy Preston for variety. Performed to a packed house of friends and fans, the songs were cleverly arranged in fresh ways covering many musical genres from rock to reggae and ballads to a bluesy “Baby You Can Drive My Car.”

Billed as the “Best Band Ever,” Troy Dexter on guitar, Kent Moore on bass, David Olivas on sax and keyboard, musical director Ken Francis on drums and vocal arranger Wayne Moore on piano were a perfect fit for Brenda’s powerful voice. Rounding out the lush sound were Jessica Buda and Samantha Dunn on backup vocals, featured in the encore “Yesterday,” where strings from the original version were replaced with their voices.

All the songs in the show were uplifting and refreshingly different than you usually expect from Beatles covers.

For an upbeat evening of music, I highly recommend catching this show. Brenda will be taking it to Palm Springs in August as part of the Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre Festival.

Contact Brenda Silas Moore at (310) 825-1354 or email bmoore@registrar.ucla.edu for future Los Angeles engagements.  

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