Carlo Cantamessa

Fifty years ago, in 1962, Ringo Starr joined The Beatles and the world of music was changed forever. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic occasion, thousands of fans will "Come Together" for a day-long festival of Beatles Music on Saturday, July 28th, at Ives Concert Park, 43 Lake Avenue Ext. in Danbury, Connecticut.

This musical extravaganza is titled "Danbury Fields Forever," a twist on "Strawberry Fields Forever." The 10-hour festival will feature 10 bands, each representing different eras or presentations of Beatles music. Gates open at 10am and an entire-day "ticket to ride" admission starts at only $15. Tickets are now on sale and there are also limited VIP packages available. Ives Concert Park is a non-profit organization.

Featured acts will include several New England and New York tribute bands. The Beatles Forever Band is a hugely popular international band that hails from the Hartford area and headlined the 2009 "BEATexpo," while Fools On The Hill is a group of seasoned musicians based in Milford. The Oh-Nos are an act from Massachusetts who will be showcasing a set of rarer and more obscure Beatles and solo tracks. New York's MerseyBeatMania is a popular clone band with wigs, outfits, Beatle boots and the exact instrumentation. They headlined the 2010 "BEATeatExpo." From upstate NY hails Pat Horgan & Thunder Road with their rockin' "Garage Band Beatles" show. Perhaps the most unique offering is Genetic Control, a young psychedelic group from the Bronx that covers Beatle songs in the style of Led Zeppelin.

Paul McCartney will be honored by One Sweet Dream, fronted by soundalike/lookalike Mike Miller. There will be a classical sitar show opening the event by Roger Lipson, and a very special tribute to John Lennon by world-famous impersonator Carlo Cantamessa (from The Cast of Beatlemania) entitled "In My Life."

The July 28 "Danbury Fields Forever" music festival celebrating the Beatles' 50th anniversary is open to all ages, and is expected to attract music lovers spanning the generations. Hosting the 10-band, 10-hour festivities is area Beatles aficionado Charles F. Rosenay!!!, whose Liverpool Productions presented Beatles Conventions since 1978.

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As The Beatles sang, "'s guaranteed to raise a smile!"