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Feb 28th  8:00 PM

A musical tribute to The Beatles -Celebrating 50 years in America

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Fifty years ago this month, a group of mop-haired young musicians from England arrived in America and changed the course of popular music in America. Tonight we celebrate that historic visit and the music and musicians who changed history.

This event will benefit two great causes:
MANNA Foodbank 
Homeward Bound

White Horse loves hosting benefits for good causes and we can think of no better causes than Manna Food Bank and Homeward Bound.  MANNA FoodBank helps feed the hungry in Western NC.  The organization collects, stores, warehouses and distributes food to MANNA accredited non-profits throughout 16 counties in Western North Carolina. Her partner agencies then distribute the food directly to families in their community according to their individual programs.     Homeward Bound ends homelessness in Western North Carolina by moving people into housing of their own and providing the support they need to stay housed for good.
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Advance Tickets are selling at a rapid pace for this great event which will include a variety of great regional musicians including,   Jeff Thompson, BJ Leiderman, Ben Wilson, Dana Bergman, Rhoda Weaver, Chris Rosser, Stephen Cohen, James Vandenberg, Bruce Lang, James Kylen, Paula Hanke, Jen Wo, Sherman Hoover Madelyn Lantz and ZuZu Welsh, among others.

Ed Sullivan's introduction of The Beatles on live television:

"Now yesterday and today our theater's been jammed with newspapermen and hundreds of photographers from all over the nation, and these veterans agreed with me that this city never has witnessed the excitement stirred by these youngsters from Liverpool who call themselves The Beatles. Now tonight, you're gonna twice be entertained by them. Right now, and again in the second half of our show. Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles! Let's bring them on."   At last, John, Paul, George and Ringo came onto the stage, opening with “All My Loving” to ear-splitting screeches from teenaged girls in the audience.

Beatlemania Strikes America !!!!

On February 7, 1964, Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 from London Heathrow lands atNew York's Kennedy Airport--and "Beatlemania" arrives. It was the first visit to the United States by the Beatles, a British rock-and-roll quartet that had just scored its first No. 1 U.S. hit six days before with "I Want to Hold Your Hand." At Kennedy, the "Fab Four"--dressed in mod suits and sporting their trademark pudding bowl haircuts--were greeted by 3,000 screaming fans who caused a near riot when the boys stepped off their plane and onto American soil.
Two days later, Paul McCartney, age 21, Ringo Starr, 23, John Lennon, 23, and George Harrison, 20, made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, a popular television variety show. Although it was difficult to hear the performance over the screams of teenage girls in the studio audience, an estimated 73 million U.S. television viewers, or about 40 percent of the U.S. population, tuned in to watch. Sullivan immediately booked the Beatles for two more appearances that month. The group made their first public concert appearance in the United States on February 11 at the Coliseum in Washington, D.C., and 20,000 fans attended. The next day, they gave two back-to-back performances at New York's Carnegie Hall, and police were forced to close off the streets around the venerable music hall because of fan hysteria. On February 22, the Beatles returned to England.
The Beatles' first American tour left a major imprint in the nation's cultural memory. With American youth poised to break away from the culturally rigid landscape of the 1950s, the Beatles, with their exuberant music and good-natured rebellion, were the perfect catalyst for the shift.
Visit these websites for more about the Beatles 1st trip in America in February 1964.