In 1962 Ringo Starr joined The Beatles and the world of music was changed forever. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic occasion, thousands of fans will "Come Together" for a day-long festival of Beatles music on Saturday, July 28, at Ives Concert Park, 43 Lake Avenue Ext. in Danbury, Conn.
This musical extravaganza is titled "Danbury Fields Forever," a clever twist on the classic Beatles track "Strawberry Fields Forever." The 10-hour festival will feature 10 bands, each representing different eras or presentations of Beatles music.
Featured acts will include several Connecticut and New York tribute bands. The Beatles Forever Band is a hugely popular international band that hails from the Hartford area while Fools On The Hill is based in Milford. New York's MerseyBeatMania is the definitive clone band with wigs, outfits, Beatle boots and the exact instrumentation. On the opposite side of the spectrum is Genetic Control, a young psychedelic group that covers Beatle songs in the style of Led Zeppelin. From upstate NY hails Pat Horgan & Thunder Road with their rockin' "Garage Band Beatles" show. Massachusetts will be well represented by The Oh-Nos, showcasing a set of rarer and more obscure Beatles and solo tracks.
Paul McCartney will be honored by One Sweet Dream, fronted by soundalike/lookalike Mike Miller. There will be a classical sitar show in opening the event by Roger Lipson, and a very special tribute to John Lennon by world-famous impersonator Carlo Cantamessa entitled "In My Life."
The host for the 10-band, 10-hour festivities is Charles F. Rosenay!!!, whose Liverpool Productions has presented the Beatles Expos in Connecticut since 1978.
The July 28 music festival celebrating the Beatles' 50th anniversary is open to all ages, and is expected to attract music lovers spanning the generations.
Doors open at 10 a.m. and an entire-day "ticket to ride" admission starts at only $15. There will be food and beverages available for purchase. Ives Concert Park is a non-profit organization.