New York City will host a four-day series of events this February celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' historic first trip to the U.S. The NYC Beatles 50 extravaganza is scheduled to take place February 6 through February 9 and will include several multi-act tribute concerts at various venues around the Big Apple.
Among the planned festivities is an event dubbed "America Celebrates The Beatles, All-Star Concert" that will be held on February 7 at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem. In addition, a two-day event called the "Across the Universe" Beatles Music Festival has been scheduled for February 8 and 9 that will feature an all-day series of performances by a variety of artists.
In conjunction with the 50th anniversary theme, organizers of NYC Beatles 50 have invited 50 bands from 50 different countries to participate in the celebration, with admission to most shows priced at $50 or less. Proceeds raised by the various events will benefit the Food Bank for New York City.
More details about the NYC Beatles 50 event will revealed soon. Check out NYCBeatles50.com for the latest news about the celebration. A number of celebrities are serving on an advisory board for the celebration, including Tommy James, Spanky McFarlane, Little Anthony and the Imperials frontman Anthony Gourdine, legendary New York radio personality Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow, and famed talk-show host Dick Cavett.
The Beatles' first U.S. trip began on February 7, 1964, when the band arrived at New York City's JFK Airport. One of the major highlights 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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