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New York City celebrates 50 years of the Beatles with special events

New York City is experiencing a resurgence of Beatlemania, with concerts and events throughout the city celebrating the fifty year anniversary of the Fab Four’s arrival. Read below for a list of events marking the first Beatles invasion.

CONCERTS

“NYC Fab 50” is celebrating the music of the Beatles with five concerts across the city:

“Twist and Shout” – With Dionne Warwick, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Gary U.S. Bonds, Bettye La Vette, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lloyd Price, Rich Pagano of the Fab Faux, and Melvin Van Peebles.

When: Thursday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.

Where: The Apollo Theater.

“Across The Universe Music Festival” Event 1 – The Spin Doctors, Clube Big Beatles from Brazil, The Norwegian Beatles Band from Norway, HELP! from Mexico, Blurred Vision from Canada and Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra from Williamsburg

When: Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. 

Where: Hudson Theater.

“Across The Universe Music Festival” Event 2 – Lucy from Germany, Genetic Control from The Bronx, School of Rock from Manhattan and Two of Us from Italy. 

When: Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.

Where: Hudson Theater.

“Across the Universe Music Festival” Event 3 – Co-hosted by John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird from Liverpool. The Cavern Club Beatles from Liverpool, Morsa from Mexico, Dress to KISS from Italy, The Oh-Nos from New England, The Clover, from Japan, Hal Bruce from Halifax

When: Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Hudson Theater.

America Celebrates the Beatles: All Star Concert – Performers include Tommy James, Melanie, Chuck Negron, Marshall Crenshaw, Fred Schneider, Gene Cornish, Greg Hawkes, Ron Dante, Randy Jackson, Ian Lloyd, Larry Kirwan, and Aztec Two-Step.

When: Saturday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m.

Where: Town Hall

TV

“The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles” The show runs the same day and time slot as the original band’s appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” It will feature Beatles covers by current stars, like Alicia Keys, John Legend, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Pharrell Williams and a reunion of The Eurythmics. Also features performances by, yes, Paul and Ringo.

When: Sunday, Feb. 9 at 8 p. m.

Channel: CBS

BOOKS

“The Beatles in 100 Objects” (Sterling $ 19.95). A guide to the 100 top Beatles objects.

“The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions” (Sterling $ 19,95): A guide to every one of their recording sessions at EMI’s Abbey Road Studio

“When They Were The Boys: The True Story of The Beatles’ Rise To The Top” (Running Press $ 24.95): Author Larry Kane’s remembrance of covering the Fab Four on every date of their ‘64 and ‘65 tours of America.

“The Beatles: All These Years: Tune In Vol. 1” (Crown): Mark Lewisohn’s EXHAUSTIVE study of the guys features over 1000 pages in just this first volume. Warning: that only takes us the story far as 1962. Two more tomes are forthcoming – at equally titanic length.

TALKS/CONVENTIONS/EXHIBITS

“It Was 50 Years Ago Today” A conversation with Peter Asher (of the Brit invasion duo Peter and Gordon), Donovan, Billy J. Kramer, and Freda Kelly (the head of the Beatles’ fan club).

When: Thursday, Feb. 6 at 8:15 p.m.

Where: The 92 Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue. 212-415-5500

“The Fest For Beatles Fans” The oldest Beatles convention, held on four floors of the Grand Hyatt Hotel. With Donovan, Peter Asher, Billy J. Kramer, Chad & Jeremy, Freda Kelly and Larry Kane. web site: www.thefeast.com/tickets $ 55 to $ 79 per day.

When: Friday, Feb. 7 through Sunday, Feb. 9.

Where: The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan, 42nd and Lexington.

“Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!” a free multi-media exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, curated by Bob Santelli, director of the Grammy Museum. Includes memorabilia, recordings, video, photos and more.

When: Debuts Thursday, Feb. 6

Where: New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza).


Music & Arts – NY Daily News

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