ALL-STAR BEATLE WEEKEND IN NEW YORK CITY

Beatle WeekendTHREE MAJOR BEATLE-RELATED CONCERTS CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR LANDING ON AMERICAN SOIL IN NEW YORK

Thursday, February 6, 2014,
TWIST & SHOUT:
NYC Celebrates The Beatles
Friday, February 7, 2014 7:30pm
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
http://nycfab50.ticketleap.com/spindoctors/
Saturday, February 8, 2014:
AMERICA CELEBRATES THE BEATLES:
ALL-STAR CONCERT
http://www.ticketmaster.com/fab-50-presents-america-celebrates-the-new-york-new-york-02-08-2014/event/03004C29B419705A?artistid=1953649&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=52
 

“AMERICA CELEBRATES THE BEATLES” All-Star Gala Charity Concert February 8

 NYC FAB 50 is proud to announce “AMERICA CELEBRATES THE BEATLES,” taking place at Manhattan’s Town Hall on Saturday evening, February 8. It is one of the star-studded charity concerts being held as part of “NYC FAB 50: Celebrating The Music of The Beatles” 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Beatles by Gary BlaineOn February 7, 1964, The Beatles touched down on U.S.soil for the first time. Fifty years later, New York and the NYC FAB 50 Committee will be hosting several celebratory concerts with proceeds benefiting Food Bank For New York City. This once-in-a-lifetime event will “come together” on Saturday, February 8th, 2014, capping off a series of events under the “NYCFAB50″ series.

Participating Artists

Between 1966 and 1969, Tommy James enjoyed 14 Top 40 hits. In fact, Tommy James & the Shondells, in ’68, ’69 and ’70, sold more singles than any other pop act in the world. Between “Hanky Panky,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Mony Mony,”  “Crimson and Clover,” “Sweet Cherry Wine,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “Tighter and Tighter,” “Draggin’ the Line” and “Three Times in Love,” Tommy James has sold over 100 million records, has been awarded 23 gold singles, and 9 gold or platinum albums.

Gary DeCarlo wrote and sang one of the world’s most famous rock anthems “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” under the band name Steam. The #1 hit has sold 7 million copies and has the distinction of replacing The Beatles’ “Come Together/”Something” single at the top of the charts in 1969.

 Melanie, John LennonMelanie was one of the stars of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and has sold over 80 million records. She sang with John Lennon onstage at the “One-to-One Live in New York City” concert at Madison Square Garden in 1971.

Rock’n’Roll Hall Of famer Gene Cornish is the guitarist of The Rascals. From 1965 to 1970, the band recorded eight albums and had 13 Top 40 singles. Before he was in The Rascals, he fronted his own band The Unbeatables who released the single “I Wanna Be a Beatle” in 1964.

Greg Hawkes was the keyboard player for The Cars, has recorded with Paul McCartney, and, as a solo, created The Beatles Uke, an entire album of Beatle classics played on the ukulele.

Fred Schneider is the front-man for The B-52s, who have sold over 20 million records.

Ron Dante was the voice of The Archies whose “Sugar Sugar” went #1 in 1969 before becoming Barry Manilow’s producer from ’73 to ’81.

Walter Egan, best known for the 1978 gold record, “Magnet and Steel” also wrote “Hot Summer Nights” which included such musicians as Nicky Hopkins (played piano with John Lennon) and Robbie McIntosh (from The Pretenders and Paul McCartney). He saw The Beatles live at Carnegie Hall on February 12, 1964!

MarshallCrenshaw2013Marshall Cranshaw played John Lennon on Broadway in “Beatlemania.” He played Buddy Holly in the “La Bamba” movie. His 1982 self-titled debut is still one of the all-time great rock’n’roll debut albums. With 13 solid albums since, he’s an American Treasure, achieving rock star cult status to an adoring fan base.

Ian Lloyd, as lead singer for ’70s band Stories, sang that iconic “Brother Louie” song straight to the top of the charts.

Strawbs guitarist John Ford has elevated prog-rock into one of the most beloved rock’n’roll sub-genres. His tasty licks made him “Best Indie Rock Artist of the Year” in 2009 by the Progressive Rock Hall of Fame.

Lulu Paul JohnOther artists include Lulu (seen pictured with John and Paul), Zebra’s Randy Jackson, Black 47’s Larry Kirwin, 2010 American Idol vocalist Siobhan Magnus, Aztec Two-Step, Richie Scarlet, The Fab Faux’s Rich Pagano (who will serve as musical director) and more as-yet-unannounced surprises. There will also be appearances by actors Charles Grodin and John Gabriel, television legend Dick Cavett, sportscaster Len Berman, news anchorman Marvin Scott, the Amazing Kreskin and others to be announced.

The Town Hall is a Broadway theater located at 123 West 43rd Street in New York City. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Food Bank for New York City. For more information:  www.NYCFAB50.com.

THEN THERE’S THIS……………..

“Across the Universe” Beatles Music Festival”  at the Hudson Theatre, 145 W. 44th Street in New York City on Friday, February 7 – exactly fifty years to the date that The Beatle arrived in America.  http://www.nycfab50.com/Hudson1.htm

SPIN DOCTORS are an American alternative rock & roll band formed in New York City and best known for their early ’90s hits, “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t be Wrong,” which both peaked on Billboard charts in the Top 20. They also charted with “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues.” The songs came from their first album, “Pocket Full of Kryptonite,” which sold over five million copies

Clube Big Beatles, from Brazil, are totally unique, having played Liverpool’s Beatles Week 20 times. They never do the same show twice.

HELPHELP! is one of very few Beatlemania-styled suits & boots tribute bands. Based out of Mexico, they wowed the crowds at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Blurred Vision are a four-piece Progressive/Psychedelic/Alternative Rock Band from Canada.

The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra will bring the Salsa on Beatle tunes like you’ve never heard before.

Ticket info: http://nycfab50.ticketleap.com/spindoctors/. 100% of net proceeds from ticket sales benefit the The Autism Think Tank & The Children’s Music Fund. Further information at www.NYCFAB50.com or email info@NYCFAB50.com. 

AND IT ALL STARTS AT THE LEGENDARY APOLLO THEATER IN HARLEM…..
CONCERT #1: On Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:30pm at the legendary APOLLO THEATER in New York. It’s called “TWIST & SHOUT: New York Celebrate The Beatles” and famous SOUL/R&B/JAZZ stars will be performing live for one night only such as Dionne Warwick, Mary Wilson (THE SUPREMES); Lulu (“To Sir With Love”) Lloyd Price, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame artist; Bettye LaVette, Gary U.S. Bonds, actor Melvin Van Peebles; actress/singer Leslie Uggams; actor Danny Aiello as Master of Ceremonies & more. Tickets at Ticketmaster ranging from $20.00-up: www.ticketmaster.com. Visit www.nycfab50.com/Apollo.htm for details. 100% of net proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Food Bank for New York City. 
 

 

About Mike Greenblatt

A longtime music journalist, Mike Greenblatt is a contributing editor with Goldmine magazine.

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