The Liverpool Shuffle Returns with Beatles Tunes

Sunday, April 24, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.

The Liverpool Shuffle, a popular Long Island Beatles tribute band, will perform on Sunday, April 24, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Vanderbilt Reichert Planetarium.

The Liverpool Shuffle: bottom, from left, Joe Refano and Brian James; top, from left, Jamie Bateman and Freddy Giovanelli.
The Liverpool Shuffle: bottom, from left, Joe Refano and Brian James; top, from left,
Jamie Bateman and Freddy Giovanelli.

Tickets: adult $20 (on-line, at Vanderbilt website), or $25 at the door. Children 5-15 pay $15 (on-line or at the door). Children under 5 are free.

The band, which performed at the Vanderbilt four times in 2015, will be accompanied by a montage on the planetarium dome of 1960s photos and news clips, psychedelic imagery, and other pop-cultural moments.

Joe 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.

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