A variety of music stars from the 1960s, '70s and '80s will take part in a Beatles tribute concert scheduled for February 8 at New York City's Town Hall, one of several events being held in conjunction with the NYC Fab 50 festival commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's first trip to the U.S.
The "America Celebrates The Beatles" show will include performances by Tommy James , ex- Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron , Rascals guitarist Gene Cornish , folk artist Melanie , Archies singer Ron Dante and B-52s frontman Fred Schneider . The lineup also features Steam 's Gary DeCarlo ; Jay and the Americans ; Stories singer Ian Lloyd of "Brother Louie" fame; Walter Egan , who had the 1978 hit "Magnet and Steel"; Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes ; and pop-rock singer/songwriter Marshall Crenshaw , who once starred as John Lennon in a touring version of the stage musical Beatlemania .
In addition, a number of celebrity presenters also will participate in the event, including famed talk show host Dick Cavett , actor Charles Grodin and popular magician and mentalist The Amazing Kreskin . Other surprise guests are expected to be added to the bill.
The NYC Fab 50 fest will run from February 6 through February 9 and will include a series of multi-act tribute events at various venues around the Big Apple. Tickets for the "America Celebrates The Beatles" concert and the festival's other events are on sale now. All proceeds raised by the shows will benefit the Food Bank for New York City. For more information, visit NYCFab50.com .
The Beatles' first U.S. trip began on February 7, 1964, when the band arrived at New York City's JFK Airport. Arguably the most famous highlight of the New York portion of the Fab Four's visit was their historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9.
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