Arrival and Dreams bands pay tribute to ABBA and Fleetwood Mac.

Arrival and Dreams bands pay tribute to ABBA and Fleetwood Mac.

Arrival pays tribute to ABBA

You will always find the crowd singing along to an ABBA or Fleetwood Mac song and there is no stronger tribute bands to those groups than Arrival and Dreams.

You will always find the crowd singing along to an ABBA or Fleetwood Mac song and there is no stronger tribute bands to those groups than Arrival and Dreams.

From the music to the costumes, Arrival and Dreams portrays ABBA and Fleetwood Mac with incredible authenticity.

The groups have been playing concerts around the globe for years, at venues from the Dominican Republic to Las Vegas and will bring their high energy show to the Gibraltar Room in Williams Lake, Saturday, May 28. The concert is at 7 p.m. and tickets are available at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

This is definitely a show you won’t want to miss.

Formed in 2005, this group of talented, diverse performers came together with a passion for the music, and a desire to take the tribute act to another level.

“It’s very, very world-class,” says band manager Cris Schandl. “We don’t cut any corners.”

Seven people make up the two bands Arrival with the ABBA hits and Dreams with the Fleetwood Mac hits, with some members switching from leads to instrumental roles, depending on which band is performing.

Either way, they have often been mistaken for the real thing.

“It’s really fun acting the parts and going from a mellow Stevie Nicks vibe into a flashy, energetic ABBA vibe,” says band member Tracy Masson, who performs as ABBA’s Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks.

The bands’ sound has been called remarkably close to those of the original groups. However, they like to perform the acts with their own slant.

“We call it ABBA with an attitude,” says Schandl.

He said the additional twist the group puts on the original Swedish band’s sound is like “ABBA with a little bit of swagger.”

Masson agreed. “We have a bit more edge in our performance than other ABBA/Mac tributes you may have seen before,” she said.

For Masson, the Kamloops debut won’t be her first experience performing in the Stampede city.

“Expect to hear and see authenticity and watch really talented musicians and singers enjoying themselves a lot on stage,” Masson says.

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