Despite a steady rain throughout most of Wednesday evening, a crowd of about 100 people showed up to the New York Avenue beach to watch Beatles tribute band All Together Now perform classic songs from the Fab Four’s early years.
The band got through about 15 early Beatles favorites, including “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Help” and “Can’t Buy Me Love,” before the performance was cut short due to a steady rain and wind.
Fred Giovanelli, who plays bass and assumes the persona of Paul McCartney, said that the Long Beach Concert Series is a highlight performance for the band every year.
“We love it, it’s just great,” Giovanelli said. “This year there were only a few people because of the rain, but usually there are a couple thousand people out here.”
In the second set, the band would have moved on to songs from the Beatles’ later albums, “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Magical Mystery Tour,” while playing in costumes to reflect the fashions of the Beatles in the late 1960s.
Giovanelli said he’s been performing in Beatles tribute bands since the late 1990s with a variety of different lineups, and has been participating in Long Beach’s concert series for just as long.
“This is the first year for the band under this title,” he said. “We thought it was a pretty good name and we just went with it.”
Previously the band was known as The Day Trippers, but one member left last year and they reformed with a new name. “We have a little better lineup and it’s more exciting for us,” he said.
The other band members are Brian James as Ringo Starr (drums), Robert Hannan as George Harrison (guitar) and Steve Sgambati as John Lennon (guitar).
All Together Now can be contacted through their Facebook Page: All Together Now A Tribute to the Beatles. The band has upcoming gigs at K.J. Farrell’s in Bellmore and Kodiaks in Farmingdale, though no dates have been announced yet.