-- Founding Beach Boys member Al Jardine and pop singer Melissa Manchester have been added to the lineup of a star-packed Beatles tribute concert scheduled for February 8 at New York City's Town Hall. The show is one of several events being held in conjunction with the NYC Fab 50 festival, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's first trip to the Big Apple.
The "America Celebrates The Beatles" show also will include performances by Tommy James, Rascals guitarist Gene Cornish, folk artist Melanie, Archies singer Ron Dante, B-52s frontman Fred Schneider, Steam's Gary DeCarlo, Stories singer Ian Lloyd, Walter Egan, 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.
Serving as the evening's musical director is Rich Pagano, a member of the acclaimed Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux. In addition, a number of celebrity presenters will participate in the event, including famed talk show host Dick Cavett, actor Charles Grodin and popular magician and mentalist The Amazing Kreskin.
The NYC Fab 50 fest will run from this Thursday through Sunday, 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.
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