DANBURY, Conn. -- An annual festival to honor the Beatles, “Danbury Fields Forever,” will be held for two days this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band’s arrival in the United States.
Danbury Mayor Mark D. Boughton will be at the festival at Ives Concert Park 2 p.m. Saturday to issue a proclamation stating that it is “Beatles Weekend” in the Hat City.
The event will be Saturday and Sunday, July 26 to July 27, at Ives Concert Park at Western Connecticut State University, Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Doors open at noon, with music until 8 p.m. each day.
The festival is family-friendly and features 10 bands each day, all playing music of the Beatles, including the group’s songs and each band member’s solo tracks. Groups performing will include AfterFab, The Hofners, The Mystery Tour, The Oh-Nos, Charlie Guitar, Fools on the Hill, Thunder Road, The Way-Back Machine, Rotary, Beatlehead and Studio Two. Beatlemania Again, a group that tours the nation, will also perform.
Also performing Beatles songs will be School of Rock students from Westchester County, N.Y., Connecticut and New York, and Web talent search project winners from StarOnTheWeb.com. The event will also include live tributes to Beatles members George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney by Pete Santora, Dave Pal and Mike Miller, respectively, along with a tribute to Elton John by Bill Connors.
Karl Green, music and songwriter of Herman’s Hermits fame, will be honored at the festival on Saturday, and Ian Lloyd, a musician and singer known for founding the Stories with Michael Brown in the 1970s, will be honored on Sunday.
There will also be vendors, activities for children, plenty of food and much more.
Since the festival this year will be celebrating 50 years since the Beatles' 1964 arrival in the U.S., “Ticket to Ride” admission will start at $19.64 per person per day. VIP tickets, discounted tickets for those who wish to attend both days and hotel packages are all available as well.
Advance tickets may be purchased online at danburyfieldsforeveriii.eventbrite.com . Tickets will cost more at the door. An after-party is planned for Saturday night.