The Liverpool Shuffle Shuffle – a popular Long Island Beatles tribute band that gave two performances in January to very enthusiastic Vanderbilt audiences – will perform two live music shows at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum’s Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium on Saturday, April 11, 2015.
The shows are at 6:30 and 9 p.m. The Planetarium is located at 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY. The band will play an hour of classic Beatles songs, accompanied by an intriguing montage of 1960s images on the Planetarium dome.
This immersive, full-dome experience includes clips of the first American television appearance of The Beatles, on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. On the stage, as The Liverpool Shuffle sings “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” on the Planetarium dome above them, The Beatles, in a muted video clip, appear to be lip-synching their own song. The montage also includes news clips of the era, psychedelic imagery and other pop-cultural moments.
Tickets: $25 per for adults, $15 for children age 15 and under. Members receive a $5 discount per ticket (maximum of four tickets). All attendees will receive a complimentary pass for a future Planetarium show and Mansion tour — a $17 value.
Jo Ref (Refano), who formed the group in 2003, describes its act as “authentic live Beatles music performed by professional Beatlemaniacs.” The four musician-singers are veterans of the New York music scene with a combined 125 years of experience. Refano has played bass with Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits (2002-2007) and with the Mickey (The Monkees) Dolenz Band (2008).
“The Beatles created the greatest popular music in history,” Refano said, “and we play it just the way it is.”
In recent years, The Liverpool Shuffle has performed all over the tri-state region, including at B.B. King’s in New York City, the Jones Beach Bandshell, and the New York World’s Fair 50th anniversary celebration, and at many public and private events. Freddy G (Giovanelli) – vocals-bass, guitars and bass – worked as Sir Paul McCartney’s guitar tech and road-crew member (1988-1991).
Giovanelli has worked for many years as a musical tech expert with Sam Ash parent company, Samson. Jamie Bateman (vocals, guitars and harmonica) and Brian James (vocals and drums) also have played with other Beatles tribute bands.
Check out one of their songs: