It’s the battle of the bands when Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown comes to The Mendel Center Sept. 21

The question about which band is better – Beatles or Rolling Stones – has been a spirited debate for half of a century. The music of these legendary bands will be in the spotlight in an on-stage throw down Saturday, September 21, at 8 pm, at The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown will pit Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show against rival Brit boys Abbey Road in an all-out musical battle for rock dominance.

Since 2011, the “Beatles” and the “Rolling Stones” have played to sold out audiences across the United States, including a four-month residency at the Harrah’s Reno Showroom. Onstage, the bands alternate mini sets and trade improvised barbs and banter between songs to act out the famous rivalry.

From Mick Jagger’s (Sir Chris Legrand) infamous gyrations and Keith Richards’ sweet Tele licks to Brian Jones’ Vox Teardrop and the band’s original wardrobe, Satisfaction brings all the authenticity of an old Stones show.

For their part, the members of touring Beatles tribute band Abbey Road bring the mop top haircuts, harmonies, and boyish charm of everybody’s favorite Liverpudlians to the stage. They also play modern reissues of the exact same instruments and amps used by the Fab Four.

About Abbey Road

With their tight harmonies, flawless note-for-note renditions of Beatles hits, custom–tailored costumes, vintage instruments, Liverpudlian dialect, and precise attention to every detail, Abbey Road has honed their show to become one of the most musically and visually satisfying Beatles tribute acts in the world. Abbey Road recreates the magic, music, wit, and charm of the Beatles, including the Fab Four’s cheeky personalities, familiar onstage banter, and patter between songs.

Three costume changes cover the full range of the Beatles experience and beyond with authentic early black Beatles suits, Sgt. Pepper’s regalia, and Abbey Road attire. Hear the piccolo trumpet solo on “Penny Lane” and the full orchestration of “A Day in the Life.” Relive the emotional intensity of Paul’s moving “Yesterday” solo, as well as the high energy of stadium songs like “Twist and Shout” and other Beatles’ hits.

About Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show

Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show is the touring tribute to the World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band. This Billboard and Pollstar highly rated show, which got its start in 2000, now has over 3,500 worldwide performances to its credit. Its client list includes the nation’s top casinos, performing arts centers, music halls, and corporate clients. Performing up to 150 shows a year, this highly acclaimed production showcases the most authentic cast and costuming of its kind.

The likes of “Mick Jagger,” “Keith Richard,” and cast bring a colorful performance to over 50 years of classic hits. They have been featured in Rolling Stone magazine, Showbiz MagazineLas Vegas TodayCBS Sunday Morning, and hundreds of national newspapers, magazines, and television and radio stations as the world’s greatest show honoring the Rolling Stones and their legacy. The cast now has three successful projects including “A Symphony for The Devil,” “Gimme Abbey,” and “Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown.

Tickets for Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown are on sale at, through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm at the box office located in the Grand Upton Hall lobby of The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor. Ticket discounts are available for seniors, students and children, active military members, and veterans. Groups of 10 or more receive ticket discounts when orders are placed through The Mendel Center Box Office or online.

This performance is sponsored by Chemical Bank, SuperHits 103.7, and 95.7 The Lake.

The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.