Ten-hour Beatles music festival at Ives Concert Park this Saturday

DANBURY, CONN. — The “Danbury Fields Forever” Beatles Music Festival, featuring 10 bands playing during a 10-hour period, will come to Ives Concert Park on the Westside campus of Western Connecticut State University, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury, on Saturday, July 28, 2012. The festival is open to all ages, and is expected to attract music lovers spanning the generations. Gates will open at 10 a.m. and the music will continue until 8 p.m. Entire-day “ticket to ride” admission is $15 in advance for lawn seating, $20 at the door; reserved seats are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are on sale at http://danburyfieldsforever.eventbrite.com. There also are limited VIP packages available.

The lineup, which includes artists representing The Beatles’ various band eras and solo careers, will feature Pete Santora, who has portrayed George Harrison in the Broadway, national and London productions of “Beatlemania.” His musical theatre credits include the national and European tours of the original “Godspell.” He has appeared on screen in “Goodfellas,” “Godfather 3” and “Prizzi’s Honor,” as well as on TV in various episodes of “Law and Order.” Born in the Bronx and now a resident of Kingston, N.Y., Santora continues to perform his solo tributes “Being The Beatle,” “Harrisong” and “Liverpool Cowboy,” as well as recording and producing his own original music.

He fills out a lineup that already includes world-class tributes to John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Line-up (subject to change):
10:15 a.m. Roger Lipson special sitar show to open event
11:15 a.m. Fools On The Hill – Beatles Tribute Band
12:15 p.m. Genetic Control – psychedelic rocking Beatles set
1:15 a.m. One Sweet Dream – up-tempo vintage Beatles set
2:15 p.m. Pete Santora “Harrisongs” – solo George Harrison tribute set
3:15 p.m. Pat Horgan & Thunder Road Band – “Garage Band Beatles” set
4:15 p.m. Beatles Forever Band – Beatles Tribute Band
5:15 p.m. One Sweet Dream – all-Paul McCartney set
6:15 p.m. Carlo Cantamessa “In My Life” – John Lennon Tribute set
7:15 p.m. MerseyBeatMania – early-years Beatles Tribute Band in full costumes

Also scheduled to appear is world-famous rock & roll artist Shannon. There will be vendors with souvenirs, memorabilia and collectibles; food and beverages available for purchase; and special attractions for kids including face-painting, inflatables and more. The event is sponsored by Union Savings Bank, Wells Fargo Advisors, Charter Communications, 98Q, B107.3 FM, WLAD and the News-Times.

For more information about this event, visit www.BeatlesMusicFestival.com. For information about other events at Ives Concert Park, visit www.ivesconcertpark.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ivesconcertpark.

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