Daytona Beach, FL – The Cavern Club Beatles, direct from Liverpool, England, will be invading Daytona Beach on February 14th at 9pm in honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ first visit to the USA on the Ed Sullivan Show.
“The Cavern Club Beatles are the resident band at the world-famous Cavern Club in Liverpool where The Beatles got their start,” said Ken Bots, general manager at the Ocean Deck.”They are performing in New York, Miami and Daytona Beach, so we are truly grateful that they are stopping at The World’s Most Famous Beach,” he added.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the concert. They are available at the Ocean Deck, and by calling 386-253-5224.
On Friday, February 7th, 1964, The Beatles arrived in America for the first time. They were greeted at JFK by thousands of screaming fans and a throng of media. Two days later, they made their debut on US television on the Ed Sullivan Show, watched by a record audience of 73 million people. This was the beginning of the British Invasion, led by “Four Lads From Liverpool”. Their second Ed Sullivan appearance a week later was broadcast live from the Deauville Theatre in Miami – 40% of the American population tuned in for this appearance.
On Friday 7th February 2014 – 50 years to the day, The Cavern Club Beatles – resident band at the Cavern Club, in conjunction with the City of Liverpool, Visit Britain, British Airways, Hard Rock Cafe, U.K.T.I, along with Cavern Club Director and John Lennon’s sister, Julia Baird, will retrace this historic occasion. The band will fly from London’s Heathrow to New York’s JFK and will spend their time in New York headlining various Beatle celebration events including the Hudson Theatre. They will also be attending The Fest for Beatle Fans at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
On February 9th, the band will mark the first Ed Sullivan appearance with a special show at the Hard Rock Cafe at Times Square. The venue is housed in the old Paramount Theatre where the Beatles played a benefit show on their last gig of their US tour later on in 1964.
From New York, the band will travel to Florida and perform a concert at the Ocean Deck in Daytona Beach on Friday, February 14th. This concert also celebrates the twinning of the Cavern Club with the Ocean Deck Beach Bar – both venues established in 1957, as well as the year Lennon and McCartney met for the first time. They will then head to Miami to perform at the Hardrock Café.
The Cavern Club Beatles were formed in 2011, and they are “Four lads from Liverpool” who look and sound like John, Paul, George and Ringo. Every Saturday they perform a fully costumed, all era show in the Cavern Live Lounge to an international audience. In 2010, after an extensive worldwide search by legendary Beatles recording engineer Geoff Emerick, they were chosen for the LA musical “The Abbey Road Sessions”. They have just returned to the Cavern Club after a short break playing the roles in the musical “Let It Be”, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.
The Cavern Club opened in 1957 and became the cradle of British pop music, the place where the Beatles musical identity was formed. The band played this historic venue 292 times between February 1961 and August 1963. The list of artists who have performed at the Cavern Club, besides the fab four, reads like a who’s who of popular music, including; The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Stevie Wonder, Queen and in more recent years the likes of Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Travis, Adele, The Wanted, Jessie J and Jake Bugg. Today's Cavern is a thriving live music destination and one of Liverpool’s top tourist attractions.
There will be a book signing by Julia Baird, John Lennon’s sister, prior to the concert on February 14th at 8pm. As a prelude to this, on Tuesday 11th at 2pm, the Ocean Deck will be hosting an informal twinning ceremony with the Cavern Club. The Cavern Club Beatles, Julia Baird and the rest of the Cavern party will be there to raise a glass to the occasion, and to kick off what is going to be a great week in Daytona. On Thursday they will also playing in the bar for an invited audience.
For more information on the concert, and to purchase tickets, contact the Ocean Deck at 386-253-5224. To keep up with updates on the concert, like their Facebook concert page at www.facebook.com/