"I did actually see the Beatles on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' but you know, I was very young and was much more interested in seeing Topo Gigio, that Italian mouse puppet. My mother was a fan, but my father thought that rock 'n' roll records should be used as Frisbees!" said Ms. Rousseau.
She said that there are many tribute Beatles bands, has seen most if not all of them, and considers 1964: The Tribute to be the best.
"These guys are the best at what they do. You can tell that they have a genuine love and respect for the music, and then they are fun, too," said Ms. Rousseau.
1964 will be playing on stage April 13 at Weston Auditorium on the Fitchburg State University campus to benefit Our Father's House, which provides emergency and transitional shelter for the homeless.
Ms. Rousseau says that you can expect great attention to detail with 1964 — the clothes, the sound, the instruments, everything. She took her children 15 years ago and will be taking her 3-year-old grandson in April.
"It's the closest the next generation will get to experiencing the Beatles in that time and it's a benefit for Our Father's House, who has done an incredible job with homeless people for a long time now. They are a wonderful organization. You get the best Beatles show and can contribute to a wonderful cause, all at the same time," said Ms. Rousseau.
Our Father's House Executive Director Judith Nest-Pasierb says that she has seen her organization experience exciting changes during the past four years.
Those include the opening of administrative office space at 199 Summer St. and two new grants — one from the United Way of North Central Massachusetts to fund an outreach worker and another from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development's Emergency Solution Grant from the Worcester Continuum of Care for help with permanent housing for the homeless.
"That outreach worker goes where our chronically homeless folk are: under bridges, in vacant buildings, cars, on the street. He passes out blankets, snacks and builds relationships and trust to bring them to the shelter and to get them services. That population is the most vulnerable, all ages, men and women, couples, and they are the most difficult to reach. It takes months to build that level of trust," said Ms. Nest-Pasierb.
Our Father's House programs include the Devens transitional shelter for homeless women and children; the Elizabeth House in Fitchburg, which services a sober living program for single women, and the Leighton Street House for sober, recovering men.
The grant from the state will provide money to help the homeless who are living in places that are unfit for habitation or in a shelter to access permanent living arrangements.
"We can provide first or last month's rent, a security deposit through this grant. This will get them on their feet and be able to maintain a permanent living space," said Ms. Nest-Pasierb.
And what does Ms. Nest-Pasierb think of 1964?
"They are awesome; so awesome that we have brought them back. They always have the audience standing on their feet by the second half. They are really great. And we have seen a lot of families coming to the show. It has mass appeal from the older generation, the tweeners, to young children. It's a good family event," she said.
Tickets at $30 are available at 199 Summer St.; by phone and credit card at (978) 345-2256, ext. 300, ask for Ginnie; or at the IC Federal Credit Union, 300 Bemis Road. All seating is reserved.