Fifty years ago, the Beatles came to America…. and made their only Pittsburgh appearance at the Civic Arena on Sept. 14, 1964. Legendary concert promoter Pat DiCesare, who brought the band to Pittsburgh for its historic performance, will reprise his role by hosting a series of events, including a tribute concert featuring Beatlemania Now, at 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Benedum Center.
Beatlemania Now runs the gamut of songs from the early days to “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Here Comes The Sun,” “Come Together,” “All You Need Is Love,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” “Hey Jude,” “Penny Lane” and a special tribute to Lennon’s later solo work, “Imagine.”
This show will also include tribute acts of musicians that influenced the Beatles, including Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley.
The Beatles 50th Anniversary Week of Sept. 5-14 will also include “The Beatles Rock Art Show,” a traveling art exhibit featuring more than 150 framed drawings, paintings, animation and album art as well as other authentic art forms from rock artists including McCartney and Starr, which will be on display Sept. 5-7. The art show will also feature Ron Campbell, an artist and animator of the motion picture “Yellow Submarine” and the Beatles cartoon series. Art viewings are free and open to the public and will be held at the Renaissance Hotel, Downtown Pittsburgh.
Tickets start at $36.95 and are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office.