“1964” The Tribute
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 8:00 PM at South Orange Performing Arts Center
1964 marked the pivotal year when “Beatlemania” overtook America. With the first visit to the U.S. by the Beatles, the British Rock-and-Roll quartet that had just scored its first No. 1 U.S. hit six days before with “I Want to Hold Your Hand” the “Fab Four” were greeted by 3,000 screaming fans who caused a near riot when the boys stepped off their plane and onto American soil.
Two days later, Paul McCartney, age 21, Ringo Starr, 23, John Lennon, 23, and George Harrison, 20, made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, a popular television variety show. Although it was difficult to hear the performance over the screams of teenage girls in the studio audience, an estimated 73 million U.S. television viewers, or about 40 percent of the population, tuned in to watch. The group made their first stateside public concert appearance on February 11 at the Coliseum in Washington, D.C., and 20,000 fans attended. The next day, they gave two back-to-back performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, and police were forced to close off the streets around the venerable music hall because of fan hysteria.
The indelible mark the Beatles made in pop culture has yet to be repeated, and generations of fans love the songs that have become classics in their own right. “She Loves You,” “And I Love Her,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and many more are instantly familiar.
“1964” The Tribute brings to life the excitement and musical memories of that very special year as the band re-creates an early ‘60s live Beatle concert with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles, and onstage banter with unrivaled accuracy.
Over twenty years of researching and performing have made band members of “1964” The Tribute masters of their craft. They are hailed by critics and fans alike as THE most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute….which has earned them the distinction from Rolling Stone magazine as the “Best Beatles Tribute on Earth.”