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The Beatles Play Central Park June 3rd, 2014… Sort Of

Got to get Earth Wind  And Fire into your life

Got to get Earth Wind And Fire into your life

Last year City Parks Foundation offered up Sinatra In The Park for their annual gala. Featuring John Pizzarelli as band leader and a cast of thousands including the great Judy Collins to name but one it was a terrific line up of songs and singers and a first rate swing band behind every artist, read all about it here. So how can you beat that?

How about the Beatles? Well, that’s what City Park Foundation are doing on Tuesday June 3rd. Honoring the co-chair of Loews Corporation Andrew Tisch, the first thing that a pop picker like yours truly will notice is the return of the great Marshall Crenshaw. No shocker there from the man who got his start in “Beatlemania”, But the next name you’ll note is Phillip Bailey of Earth Wind And Fire. Suprised? Did you forget “Got To Get You Into My Life”? EW&F covered it for the dreaded 1978 “Sgt. Peppers” album.

Lots of other first tier names as well, plus with McCartney sick in a hospital in Japan (why does he keep going back there?) it is an even more fitting tribute to the greatest pop band of all time.

City Parks Foundation Gala Honors Andrew TischWith the 2014 People and Parks Award

Dinner Under the Stars Raises Over $1 Million with a Musical Tributeto The Beatles in Central ParkTuesday, June 3, 2014

May 23, 2014 – New York, NY – Andrew Tisch will be honored with the annual People and Parks Award on Tuesday, June 3rd, during a candlelit dinner at SummerStage in Central Park which will raise over $1 million to fund free programs in parks throughout the five boroughs.

The People & Parks Award is given annually to a New Yorker who shares City Park Foundation’s (CPF) commitment to enriching New York City’s parks. Past winners include former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, The Durst Family, Bruce Ratner, David Moore and Jean Troubh. This year’s event is co-chaired by David Barse, CEO of Third Avenue Management, David Moore, CEO of Moore Holdings, and Brett Yormark, CEO of the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Philip Bailey, lead singer of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire will headline and legendary guitarist G.E. Smith will lead the house band with a stellar line up of notable performers including Grammy Award winner Paula Cole, all singing their favorite Beatles hits.

More than 600 guests will be in attendance. Confirmed attendees include Tony Award winning producers Bonnie Comley & Stewart F. Lane, former New York State Senator Roy M. Goodman, fashion designer Nicole Miller, Andrew & Ann Tisch, Thomas & Alice Tisch, Brett Yormark & Elaina Scotto, journalist and newscaster Paula Zahn & Paul Fribourg.

For event information, including ticket sales, please visit: or contact Shahna Sherwood at 212-360-8170, or by email at

A cocktail party for table purchasers will begin at 6:00 PM. Tables of ten will be provided with a full dinner starting at 7:00 PM. Concert will begin at 8:00PM. SummerStage is located at Rumsey Playfield (72nd Street, mid-park). Artists Philip BaileyG.E. SmithThe Bacon Brothers • Jon Batiste • David Broza • Paula ColeMarshall Crenshaw • Southside Johnny • Willie NilePatty Smyth • Teddy Thompson

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